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Student Initiatives Fund

The Student Initiatives Fund (SIF) is a grant-funding, standing committee that reports to the Student Services Advisory Committee. SIF is administered by the Department of Student Life on behalf of the Vice Provost Students, Ryerson University.

By appreciating the potential of Ryerson student initiatives and engaging in meaningful dialogue, this student-to-student model contributes to building the culture of Ryerson student life to reflect its diversity and creativity. The spirit of SIF is to provide seed funding to student led non-profit initiatives, enhance student programming with the priority and focus on new initiatives.

SIF awards funding for two main projects: (1) undergraduate and graduate student-led initiatives (2) undergraduate and graduate student-led lounge upgrades.

An individual or student group can submit a SIF application for one initiative per semester. New initiatives are eligible to receive up to $9,000 and established initiatives are eligible to receive up to $4,500!

Funding decisions are made by the committee depending on the merit of the proposal and its benefit to the Ryerson community.

Mockup of Student Initiative Fund Handbook

Read the SIF Handbook for all the information you need to know!

SIF Applicant Information Sessions

SIF Applicant Information Sessions are being offered this year in order set up all applicants for success in the applications process. It is mandatory for either the Primary or Secondary Contact from all initiatives applying to SIF to attend one SIF Applicant Information Session. Your application to SIF will only be considered if you have attended a session. You must bring your OneCard to sign in.

The SIF Information Session dates and times are listed in the SIF Handbook 2019-2020, as well as below.

Session Number Date Time Location
Session #1 Tuesday, September 10, 2019 3:00-4:00pm POD 60 CRC
Session #2 Wednesday, September 11, 2019 10:00-11:00am POD 60 CRC
Session #3 Thursday, September 13, 2019 4:00-5:00pm POD 60 CRC
Session #4 Monday, September 16, 2019 11:00-12:00pm POD 60 CRC
Session #5 Wednesday, September 18, 2019 12:00-1:00pm POD 60 CRC
Session #6 Thursday, September 19, 2019 4:00-5:00pm POD 60 CRC
Session #7 Monday, January 13, 2020 1:00-2:00pm POD 60 CRC
Session #8 Wednesday, January 15, 2020 9:00-10:00am POD 60 CRC
Session #9 Friday, January 17, 2020 4:00-5:00pm POD 60 CRC

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 2019, it is not mandatory for you to attend in Winter 2020. Though, you’d like a refresher or have questions, please join us!

Session Number Date Time Location
Session #1 Thursday, September 12, 2019 4:00-5:00pm POD 60 CRC
Session #2 Tuesday, September 17, 2019 12:00-1:00pm POD 60 CRC
Session #3 Friday, September 20, 2019 2:00-3:00pm POD 60 CRC
Session #4 Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:00-1:00pm POD 60 CRC
Session #5 Thursday, January 16, 2020 4:00-5:00pm POD 60 CRC

Ready to apply? Make sure you’ve read the entire SIF Handbook
(even if you’ve applied before!).

Important! The SIF Application Portal is open from August 26th, 2019-September 23rd, 2019, to submit application for initiatives occurring between September 2019-January 2020. 

Note: The SIF Application Portal is open from January 6th 20120 - January 27th 2020, to submit application for initiatives occurring between February 2020 - August 2020.

Received funding from SIF? Give us a shout-out by including the Student Life Programs logo on your promotional materials. archive fileDownload a copy of the logo here, opens in new window, and consider adding the line “Program Funded by Student Life Programs through the Student Initiatives Fund (SIF)” to your materials.