Temple Quarter Engagement Fund: guidance for applicants

Go to an overview of the Temple Quarter Engagement Fund.

Aim of the scheme

The Temple Quarter Engagement Fund aims to enable staff and students from across the University to deliver activities that fit with the values and ethos of our aspirations to be a global civic university. Funding is available from philanthropic donations for activities in the city prior to the opening of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

Activities should engage communities, businesses, enterprises or civic partners within Bristol; they do not have to be limited to the Temple Quarter area. This might be community engaged research, a student project, outreach activity or any other area of work that involves engagement beyond the University. They can include engagement activities associated with one of the intended schools or research groups that will be residents of Temple Quarter, but this is not mandatory. 

You can read about the projects that have previously been funded to give you an idea of the types of activities that are possible.

A number of internal and external funding sources for engagement already exist. Part of the advice the Public Engagement team offers is on how to look for other sources of funding; as such, we will recommend applying for other schemes if they are more suitable.


  • All students and staff (academic, technical and professional services) are eligible.
  • Proposals are welcomed from individuals and from groups. Where appropriate, applicants are encouraged to work with external partners who can be included on the bid.

You are encouraged to talk to our public engagement associates who can give you advice on your proposal:

If your idea falls beyond our specific expertise, we will recommend a colleague in another team who can give advice instead. If you are not affiliated with a faculty you may email any of the associates and we will consider who is best placed to advise you.


We expect that most of the applications to this scheme will be in the region of £3,000 to £5,000. Applications for up to £10,000 may be considered but you should discuss this with the Public Engagement team in advance.

The overall amount of funding per year is £40,000, with £13,000 remaining for this call.  Further funding will be available for the next call in spring 2021.

How to apply

Complete the online application form to apply for this scheme. If you have an external partner on the project, you should include them in the application. Their inclusion will be taken as their approval of this proposal so please ensure that they are happy with this.

If your proposal is a research project you will need to go through ethics approval. You should use the same process as you would for your other research projects.

sample copy (PDF, 157kB) of the application form is available to help you plan your application.

Application process

  1. Applications are assessed by members of the Temple Quarter Engagement Board. The deadlines for each assessment round are outlined on the Temple Quarter Engagement Fund web page.
  2. We aim to confirm the outcome of your application within a month of the deadline.
  3. If your proposal is successful, you will be contacted about the most appropriate way for funding to be transferred to you. For academics and professional services staff, this is likely to be a suitable budget code. You will then be responsible for ensuring the funding is spent appropriately.
  4. You must submit a short report at the end of your project. You will be provided with a template for this when you are notified about your project being successful. This will be shared with the Temple Quarter Engagement Board and used by TQ Comms; it will also be used by the Development and Alumni Relations Office to share with the donors and for other fundraising activity. You may also be contacted by the Public Engagement team about sharing your learning around the engagement activity.

Further information

If you have a query about the scheme, have a look at the FAQs (PDF, 100kB) before contacting a public engagement associate.

Get in touch

If you have questions about the application process, contact the Student Funding Office on student-funding@bristol.ac.uk.

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