Each year, the YUs run the Small Grant Scheme which aims to support projects delivering tangible outputs and benefits to the YU network within the realm of urbanism. After a call for submissions and an application process, three inspiring and ambitious projects are awarded a grant of up to £400 to facilitate their innovative project idea.

The YU Small Grant Scheme aims to disseminate learning on urbanism with Young Urbanist members and Academicians and support the aims of The Academy of Urbanism as outlined in our Manifesto.

What do we fund?

We fund activities and projects that seek to share learning on urban-related themes and provide a tangible benefit to the YU Network and/or the Academy as a whole. We would like to support projects that are based on original research and that seek to explore solutions to urban problems.

Applicants are welcome to submit proposals addressing any issue that they believe to be relevant to YUs, but we also encourage projects related to themes already explored by the YUs including food in cities, tall buildings, creative cities, emerging urbanism, international urbanism, the future of urbanism, and more specifically our 2026 Urbanism Manifesto themes: housing, transport, digital revolution, and funding/devolution.

Successful applicants will be eligible to receive up to £400 towards costs/expenses associated with the project, such as transportation, space rental, publicity, exhibition material, stationery and subsistence, which will be accounted for by providing receipts. Unfortunately, we cannot provide remuneration for time spent working on the project.

What do we mean by benefitting the Young Urbanist Network?

Benefits could be achieved through diverse means by providing the YU Network with tangible outputs, including but not limited to:

- Published articles for our website and/or newsletter
- Production of a video or other medium to be shared on the website or at a relevant event
- Running a seminar or sharing your findings at a relevant event
- The project itself could enable YU participation/experience (i.e. project as a curated event)

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact YU Coordinator, Roshni Thakker on [email protected]

Check out what some of our past Small Grant Scheme recipients have worked on!


We will accept submissions in December 2024

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