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Student Initiatives Fund

The Student Initiatives Fund (SIF) provides seed funding to Ryerson 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 Ryerson


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.


Mockup of Student Initiative Fund Handbook

Read the SIF Handbook for the application process and requirements

up to $9,000 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, Ryerson University.


SIF Applicant Information Sessions

Information Sessions set up applicants for success in the application process. The project’s Primary or Secondary Contact is required to attend one (1) SIF Applicant Information Session for the application to be considered by the Advisory Committee. 

SIF Information Session dates and times are listed in the SIF Handbook, as well as below. As of Fall 2020 until further notice, all sessions will be held on Zoom.

Session Number Date Time Location
Session #1 Thursday, September 10, 2020 3:00-4:00pm
Session #2 Friday, September 11, 2020 10:00-11:00am
Session #3 Monday, September 14, 2020 4:00-5:00pm
Session #4 Wednesday, September 16, 2020 11:00-12:00pm
Session #5 Friday, September 18, 2020 12:00-1:00pm
Session #6 Monday, September 21, 2020 4:00-5:00pm
Session #7 Monday, January 11, 2021 1:00-2:00pm
Session #8 Wednesday, January 13, 2021 9:00-10:00am
Session #9 Friday, January 15, 2021 4:00-5:00pm

SIF Project Supervisor Information Sessions

SIF Project Supervisor Information Sessions are mandatory and offer additional training on responsibilities as a Project Supervisor (Full-time Ryerson Staff or Faculty). There are sessions offered at the beginning of each term. Note, if you have attended a Project Supervisor Information Session in Fall 2020, it is not mandatory for you to attend in Winter 2021. Though you’d like a refresher or have questions, please join us!

Session Number Date Time Location
Session #1 Thursday, September 10, 2020 4:00-5:00pm
Session #2 Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:00-1:00pm
Session #3 Friday, September 18, 2020 2:00-3:00pm
Session #4 Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:00-1:00pm
Session #5 Thursday, January 14, 2021 4:00-5:00pm



Ready to apply? Make sure you’ve read the entire PDF fileSIF Handbook

For Winter 2021 - the SIF Application Portal is open from January 4th 2021 - January 25th 2021, to submit an application for initiatives occurring between February 2021 - August 2021.

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.