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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


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 Initiatives Fund

The Black 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 students in developing and advancing events, meetings and information sessions that specifically support and centre Black 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 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 Communities
  • Provide opportunities for students from diverse Black communities (e.g. Black, Black Canadian, Afro-Caribbean, African, International students, Diaspora communities) to engage with and learn from one another 
  • Provide experiential learning for Black-Identified students 
  • Intersectional initiatives that amplify Blackness, and Mental Health, Queerness, Ability, Gender Identity and Expression 
  • Empower Black-Identified 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 students on campus?” Your application answer and presentation will be evaluated using the BIF rubric found in the appendix and the criteria listed above.

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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


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.