Student Initiative Fund
Do you have a great idea for an activity at U of T and need some funds to make it happen? The Student Initiative Fund (SIF) offers financial support to projects that enhance the student experience and foster a sense of community at the University of Toronto. Your project could be eligible for up to $3,000 in funding!
Any U of T student or student group from the St. George campus may apply (those from the Scarborough or Mississauga campuses are not eligible).
An initiative’s eligibility for funding is based on a number of criteria.
To be eligible for funding, projects should:
- Contribute positively to U of T’s student experience
- Reach a broad student community
- Add value to the U of T community
- Align with U of T’s mission, vision and values as outlined in the University’s Statement of Institutional Purpose
Proposals will not be funded if they:
- Are for the purpose of fundraising
- Are held outside of U of T (e.g. an application submitted by a U of T St. George student on behalf of their external community-based organization)
- Involve personal expenses
- Include alcohol-related expenses
- Are capital in nature, unless the capital is used for the formation of a new student club
- Are for general operating expenses of student clubs or organizations. The SIF is intended for projects/events/activities and not business cards, apparel, or compensation for event organizers
- Are from an applicant who has not submitted the post-project reports for any previous SIF-funded project
- Exclude any student or student group from participation
- Require event planning and risk management practices, and these have not been applied
First-time events are eligible and encouraged as long as your project meets the criteria outlined in the SIF Terms of Reference.
How it works
Submit your idea for a special project, event or activity that will benefit students on the St. George campus, and request up to $3,000 in funding to make it happen. See the application section below for details on how to apply.
Applications are reviewed by the SIF Committee after the funding term deadline has passed. Once the Committee makes its decision, applicants are contacted for follow up. The Committee’s decisions are final.
If your initiative is approved for funding, you can go ahead and make it happen. You can request up to 60% of your allotted funds in advance – see the funding schedule below for details.
When your amazing initiative is done, you must complete and submit the SIF Post-Initiative Report in order to receive all of your allotted funds. Be aware that failure to submit a complete post-initiative report will result in the project applicant being personally responsible for the project costs.
Project planning support
About the SIF Committee
The SIF Committee is made up of six students from U of T, two staff members, one non-voting chair and one non-voting secretary. If you would like to join the committee, check out the SIF Committee Memberships application. SIF Committee membership is CCR approved.
Funding schedule and deadlines
Funds will be allocated in three terms: fall, winter and summer.
In your application, be sure to identify which funding term you’re applying for. Your initiative should take place in the season identified in your application.
Fall (October 1, 2016 - January 31, 2017):
Total funds available: $40,000
Deadline for application: September 25, 2016
Winter (February 1, 2017 - May 31, 2017):
Total funds available: $50,000
Deadline for application: January 22, 2017
Summer (June 1, 2017 - September 30, 2017):
Total funds available: $10,000
Deadline for application: April 2, 2017
You can request up to 60 per cent of your approved funding before the project starts, based on the projected budget provided with your approved application. If you use this “seed funding” before the project starts, you may request the release of additional funds, provided that you include an interim expense report with your request.
To receive all of your allotted funds, you must submit your SIF Post-Initiative Report within one month of your project conclusion. This report will outline the actual funds used, and must include all documentation of expenses being reimbursed by SIF (receipts, invoices, charges, bills, etc.). Only expenses with corresponding original receipts will be eligible for reimbursement.
After the post-initiative expense report is received, the balance of funds will be released. This will take a minimum of 35 days.
IMPORTANT: Failure to submit a complete post-initiative report will result in the project applicant being personally responsible for the project costs.
Please deliver the report in person or electronically to the SIF secretary:
214 College Street, Room 307-L (Koffler Student Services Building)
Other sources of funding
We encourage you to seek additional funding, should you need it. Here are three possible sources:
Before you apply, be sure that you and your project partners read and fully understand the SIF Terms of Reference and Guiding Principles.
To apply, download and complete the SIF Application Form (attached), then apply online.
It’s important to be clear about the total amount your group is requesting from SIF in the budget section of the application. Vague or unclear amounts will result in your application being returned for clarification and may delay funding.
SIF will approve, at most, one application per person or group per academic year. Exceptions can be considered at the sole discretion of the committee.