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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 2018-2019, as well as below.

Session Number Date Time Location
Session #1 Monday January 14, 2019 1:00-1:30pm POD 60 CRC
Session #2 Wednesday January 16, 2019 10:00-10:30am POD 60 CRC
Session #3 Thursday January 17, 2019 4:00-4:30pm POD 60 CRC
Session #4 Monday January 21, 2019 12:00-12:30pm POD 60 CRC
Session #5 Wednesday January 23, 2019 4:00-4:30pm POD 60 CRC
Session #6 Thursday January 24, 2019 3:00-3:30pm 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 six sessions offered at the beginning of each term. Note, if you have attended a Project Supervisor Information Session in Fall 2018, it is not mandatory for you to attend in Winter 2019. Though, you’d like a refresher or have questions, please join us!

Session Number Date Time Location
Session #1 Monday January 14, 2019 2:00-2:30pm POD 60 CRC
Session #2 Wednesday January 16, 2019 9:00-9:30am POD 60 CRC
Session #3 Thursday January 17, 2019 3:00-3:30pm POD 60 CRC
Session #4 Monday January 21, 2019 1:00-1:30pm POD 60 CRC
Session #5 Wednesday January 23, 2019 10:00-10:30am POD 60 CRC
Session #6 Thursday January 24, 2019 4:00-4:30pm 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 September 3rd 2018- September 24th 2018, to submit application for initiatives occurring between September 2018-January 2019. This has now closed.

Note: The SIF Application Portal is open from January 7th 2019 - January 28th 2019, to submit application for initiatives occurring between February 2019 - August 2019.

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, and consider adding the line “Program Funded by Student Life Programs through the Student Initiatives Fund (SIF)” to your materials.