Proposal submission

We always welcome your ideas about how #DMUlocal can better support the community, or how our students can help your current project.

If you have a suggestion for a new project or event, let us know by filling in our Public Engagement Proposal form.

Click here to submit a #DMUlocal Proposal Form

Anyone who is a resident in Leicester – including schools, businesses, charities and De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) students and staff – are welcome to submit a proposal for a #DMUlocal project or support from our DMU Square Mile volunteers.

Proposal Rounds*

Round Launch date Submission cut-off Notification to proposer
Round 1 31/07/17 28/08/17 11/09/17
Round 2 30/10/17 27/11/17 11/12/17

*Please note that these dates are subject to change, and will be updated on the website.

The submission cut-off date is when the submitted proposals will be collated for assessment by the #DMUlocal team. If you have a proposal but have missed the scheduled rounds, please get in touch with the team directly and we can assist you further.

All proposals are assessed by Public Engagement Project Co-ordinators, who use their experience to determine the recommended outcome to senior members of staff who make the final decision. Our team uses their experience of working within the community and with students to determine whether the project should be taken forward. Unfortunately this means there is no set criteria you must meet in order for it to be accepted. All proposals are unique and are considered carefully before making final decisions. Please note due diligence will be performed on any potential new partners.

We endeavour to notify you of the team’s decision within 20 days of the submission cut-off date (see below). However, if the proposal requires financial support of more than £10,000, the proposal will then be reviewed by the ‘Promoting our City Theme Board’ at DMU. You will be notified of their decision thereafter.

The assessment of individual proposals will have one of the following outcomes:

  • Approved – with next steps to be arranged between #DMUlocal and the proposer
  • Delayed* – #DMUlocal cannot approve the proposal at this time, however we will be in touch as soon as possible regarding the final outcome
  • Rejected – the proposal cannot be taken forward, but feedback will be available by request
  • Deferred – proposals for more than £10,000 will be assessed by the Theme Board (applicable when proposals for funding are active)

*Please be aware that during high quantities of project submissions, #DMUlocal may unable to provide ‘delayed’ proposal outcomes. If the proposal has potential, #DMUlocal may communicate with proposer how to shape the project to align with #DMUlocal objectives. A delayed outcome may also be applied if the team feels they need more information before making a final decision.

If you have any questions regarding this process or your proposal requires urgent attention, please email local@dmu.ac.uk with your queries.