International Partnerships

Multicultural Events Fund

Kent has a rich and varied student community and International Partnerships is proud to provide support for all students to showcase cultural events or national celebrations and share these with the wider student body.




Which cultural or religious events and festivals are important to you?

The Multicultural Events Fund (MEF) has been established to enable University of Kent students to apply for a financial award of up to £350 to help run a multicultural event. Examples of events and celebrations that we have supported include Diwali, Chinese New Year, Thanksgiving, Kent African Summit, Newroz, Holi, African Evening Gala, Discover Islam, Japanese Cultural Festival, Asian Fusion and a Thai Festival. Deadline for applications is the 15th day of every month.


The funding we obtained from the Multicultural events fund was absolutely essential for us to run the first and very successful festival of spiritual culture (Culture of Consciousness Festival) on campus, and also allowed us to keep the event completely free. The money had helped build up the society as well, including funding two banners used for the event but also will be used in future for publicity at freshers fairs. Megan was incredibly helpful throughout the application process, and it was a great pleasure to work with her.​

~ Jasmine Jakubowski

Examples of past events supported by Multicultural Events Fund:

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How to apply | Eligibility

Am I eligible?

Any group of three or more University of Kent students or registered Kent student society may apply. (Please ensure you read Selection Criteria and Terms and Conditions for more details)

How do I apply?

Complete the online application form and tell us how an award from the Multicultural Events Fund would help you to run an event. We welcome collaborative applications from student groups or societies working together. Deadline for applications is the 15th day of every month. We will inform you of the outcome of your application by the following 1st day of the month. Your event must therefore take place after the 1st day of the following month.

Date of application You will be informed by: Your event must take place after:
16 December - 15 January 1 February 1 February
16 January - 15 February 1 March 1 March
16 February - 15 March 1 April 1 April
16 March - 15 April 1 May 1 May
16 April - 15 May 1 June 1 June
16 May - 15 June 1 July 1 July
16 June - 15 July 1 August 1 August
16 July - 15 August 1 September 1 September
16 August - 15 September 1 October 1 October
16 September - 15 October 1 November 1 November
16 October - 15 November 1 December 1 December
16 November - 15 December 1 January 1 January
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Selection Criteria

The Multicultural Events Fund Committee will review applications and make the award selections. The amount of the award will be final and may be all or part of the requested sum. No additional payments will be made from the fund to cover overspends. The committee will judge applications against the following criteria:

  • The fund will only support cultural events or events that celebrate a national occasion. This does not include fundraising or events with a political affiliation.
  • Events supported by the fund must be held on the University's Canterbury or Medway campuses.
  • Events supported by the fund must be open to all Kent students regardless of race, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.
  • Applications must demonstrate how the funding award will support the event. The application must detail the nature of the event and items used, for example fireworks, candles, any food preparation etc.
  • A detailed budget must be completed with a breakdown of how the funding award will be spent.
  • Any funded event must adhere to the University’s Health and Safety Policies at all times.
  • Applications must demonstrate how they will promote the event to all Kent students.

Awards will be allocated to the applicants who successfully demonstrate these criteria to the highest degree.

The committee reserve the right not to select a recipient if it is deemed that applications do not effectively meet the fund criteria.

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Terms & Conditions

If your application is successful, you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • The event must be open to all University of Kent students, staff and members of the local community. It therefore must be translated into English so that it is accessible to all.
  • Events supported by the fund must be held on the University's Canterbury or Medway campuses.
  • The event must adhere to the University of Kent’s Health and Safety Policies at all times.
  • You must fill in an ad hoc events form at the following link:  http://www.kent.ac.uk/events/adhoc/ and send a copy to International Partnerships at least 7 days before the event takes place.
  • You must submit an Event Planning Timeline outlining the tasks involved in your planning to International Partnerships within 7 days of receiving the funds.
  • You must send a draft copy of your promotional material to International Partnerships and receive approval before circulation.
  • You must communicate that the event has been part-funded by International Partnerships and include the University of Kent logo in any promotional material.
  • Awards may not be used to buy alcohol or cover travel expenses.
  • Full receipts detailing spending of the total amount of funding awards allocated must be produced and submitted to International Partnerships no later than 14 days after the event has taken place.
  • A final report must be provided no later than 7 days after the event, which may be used in University publications and on the University website. The report must include a brief description of the event, its impact, and how it might have been improved, attendance figures, event photos and / or videos.
  • Should the event be cancelled or the funding provided is not used to its full capacity, all unused funds must be returned to International Partnerships

The committee reserve the right to withdraw all or part of the funds if it is deemed that these terms and conditions have not been met.

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Last Updated: 04/05/2018