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Student Initiatives Fund (SIF)

SIF Winter 2024 Dates:

The SIF Application Portal is open for Winter 2024 applications from October 26, 2023 - January 24, 2024 at 11:59PM

Winter 2024 Pitch Weekend will happen February 9-11, 2024.

The Student Initiatives Fund (SIF) provides seed funding to TMU student-led non-profit initiatives. It recognizes the potential of student-led initiatives to:

  • Improve community engagement
  • Create meaningful dialogue on campus
  • Contribute to building a diverse and innovative campus culture
  • Enhance the reputation of TMU

Funding

An individual or student group can submit a SIF application for one (1) initiative per semester. SIF awards funding for two main projects: 

  1. undergraduate and graduate student-led initiatives
  2. undergraduate and graduate student-led lounge upgrades

Black & Indigenous Initiatives Fund

The Black & Indigenous Initiatives Fund add-on is funding that you can apply to if your initiative meets the BIF criteria. The BIF aims to support our university’s Black & Indigenous students in developing and advancing events, meetings and information sessions that specifically support and centre Black & Indigenous students. 

The BIF Fund will award up to $5,000 in funding to initiatives that are eligible for the SIF undergraduate and/or graduate student-led initiatives award, and which also meet the BIF fund criteria. 

To be eligible for the SIF Black & Indigenous Initiative Fund, your Initiative must fulfill the 5 main objectives of SIF, as well as BIF Criteria: 

  • Center and engage topics and issues relating to the Black and/or Indigenous Communities
  • Provide opportunities for students from diverse Black and Indigenous communities (e.g. Black, Black Canadian, Afro-Caribbean, African, International students, Diaspora communities, Indigenous Nations) to engage with and learn from one another 
  • Provide experiential learning for Black-Identified or Indigenous students 
  • Intersectional initiatives that amplify Blackness, Indigenous, and Mental Health, Queerness, Ability, Gender Identity and Expression 
  • Empower Black-Identified and/or Indigenous students to realize their unlimited potential 

You will have the option within the SIF portal to apply for the BIF funding add-on and be asked “how will your event support Black and/or Indigenous students on campus?” Your application answer and presentation will be evaluated using the BIF rubric found in the appendix and the criteria listed above.

Career Mentor and Mentee having a meeting.

Complete the SIF E-Learning Modules for information on the application process and requirements

up to $9,500 for new initiatives

up to $4,500 for established initiatives

Committee

Grant-funding applications are reviewed by a standing committee that reports to the Student Services Advisory Committee. SIF is administered by the Department of Student Life & Learning Support on behalf of the Vice Provost Students, Toronto Metropolitan University.

2023-2024 Application

Ready to apply? Make sure you’ve read the entire SIF module below.

This is a mandatory component of SIF and replaces the SIF applicant information sessions that were previously hosted by the Student Life & Campus Engagement team.

Received funding from SIF? Give us a shout-out by including the Student Life & Learning Support logo on your promotional materials. Download a copy of the logo here, and consider adding the line“Program Funded by Student Life & Learning Support through the Student Initiatives Fund (SIF)” to your materials.