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New funding scheme from University of Derby

As a civic institution, University of Derby are committed to playing its part in the city and county’s ongoing prosperity and well-being, supporting local communities and the people within them.

The University launched its Civic University Agreement in Summer 2022, this set out their civic ambitions and how it intends to work with key stakeholders from across Derby and Derbyshire to achieve them.

They have five civic goals:

  1. Securing a future
  2. Driving ambition to bring positive change
  3. Making a positive environmental impact
  4. Supporting health and wellbeing
  5. Investing in culture as a driver for change

What are Uni of Derby looking for?

“We are seeking applications from local groups, organisations and individuals who want a partnership with the University, and to gain seed funding to help bring their ideas to life.”

Successful applications will be able to demonstrate a close alignment with the University’s Civic agreement and its goals.

They are also looking for brilliant projects that will bring impact to the local area and community.

Eligibility checks

You need to be a registered organisation or individual from Derbyshire / Derby.

Supporting you with your application

To help you with your application, they have a range of examples of successful projects available for you to look at.

Explore projects we’ve supportedExplore projects we’ve supported

In addition to this, they have a dedicated site where you can find out about the work they do in the civic realm.

Find out more about the CivicHUBFind out more about the CivicHUB

How to apply

Applications are peer-reviewed by the Civic Operations Board.  

The grant will open twice a year:

  • Spring  – opens 1st March – closes 29th March – outcome 19 April   
  • Summer –  opens 1st May – closes 31st May – outcome 21 June  

Successful applications will be expected to complete an evaluation report, profile their work on the CivicHUB and be invited to share with the wider Civic community at a CivicLAB event.  

Please review our civic agreement and goals, as it is key that any application made can demonstrate close delivery and alignment. 

If you need the application provided in a more accessible format please let us know by emailing

Visit the link below for more info

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