The Decolonising SOAS public engagement and outreach is a grant that is awarded annually to a variety of grassroots groups and campaigns doing work related to decolonisation. The purpose of the grant is to provide under-resourced groups with project funding, institutional support and a collaborative platform to pursue their aims. To apply for the grant, please fill in the form, which can be found here.
The maximum amount for a single bid is £4000, although smaller bids will have a higher likelihood of success.
Who is eligible?
Groups and organisations that address the past, present and future significance of imperialism and colonialism through activities such as campaigns, events, workshops, research, community organising and advocacy.
The Grant encourages applications from groups that may be overlooked by other funders or that are under resourced. The grant is for UK based projects but will prioritise groups that engage with issues pertaining to colonised or formerly colonised societies and peoples, through activities such as campaigns, events, workshops, research, community organising, protests. The outreach grant is not for social enterprises or any other for-profit organisation. The grant only funds organisations and groups, not individuals.
We are only able to fund specified project expenses (e.g. travel, accommodation, technical support, materials) rather than compensation for personal time. We may also be able to offer use of space at SOAS for events and meetings. We can only fund activities that comply with the SOAS expenses policy. The Grant will prioritise projects/ groups that best match the Decolonising SOAS vision and the SOAS code of conduct. Decolonising SOAS does not fund or support projects that support, incite or promote violence or oppression nor fund or facilitate law-breaking. All spending must be carried out and claimed by 5th July 2020.
Support for applicants
If you would like to be assisted with your applicant due to any language barriers please let us know and we can assign someone from SOAS to help. For all other queries about whether your project or organisation would be suitable, please reach out to Working Group chair Meera Sabaratnam at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to advise.
Deadline for 2019-20 Fund
SOAS is committed to supporting ongoing conversations about the past, present and future significance of imperialism and colonialism. Decolonising SOAS recognises that much of this activism, labour and knowledge production is already being carried out by groups in London, outside of the university and aims to support such activity through our outreach grant. The Decolonising SOAS Engagement and Outreach Grant provides targeted funding to grassroots groups and campaigns doing decolonial work, broadly conceived. The aim of the grant is to provide under-resourced groups with project funding, institutional support and a platform to pursue their aims.
Successful applicants will be listed on the Decolonising SOAS blog to ensure transparency and accountability to the wider project of Decolonising SOAS. We also require a short final report in the form of a blog post following the completion of your project.
Previous awardees and their projects can be viewed here.