Funding Opportunities

Campus Groups and Organizations have ten main potential sources of funds on campus:

1.     Membership Fees

Collecting membership fees enables a Campus Group to expand the offerings available to members without charging fees for each activity. The organization’s executive usually determines the exact amount of the fee, although it rarely exceeds $5.00. This fee is typically proposed as part of an operating budget presented to general members for approval at a valid general meeting each year.

2.    Fundraising

Organizations can offer food and other materials (clothing, arts and crafts, etc.) for sale or hold events with an admission fee throughout the year. This is acceptable as long as the events are approved in accordance with the University’s risk procedures and guidelines. Food can be sold as a fundraiser only in the Student Center.

Prizing can only be offered as door prizes, incentives to attract participants or as a non-conditional benefit for being part of the organization.

3.    Sponsorship

Campus Groups can approach external organizations for monetary or product sponsorship. Almost all sponsors will expect some form of return on their investment from your organization. In return for their contribution, you may consider advertising some of their products/services speaker or some other form of exposure. Remember that sponsorship is not always given in the form of money. In fact, most businesses are far more willing to offer sponsorship support in the form of goods and services.

4.    The CSS Student Enhancement Fund 

The Council on Student Services (CSS) allocates $30,000 annually to projects and initiatives that enhance the quality of student life at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Any recognized student organization is eligible to apply for funding. Projects that will receive priority consideration include; those promoted by students,  new projects that have not been previously funded, campus-wide education or outreach programs,        accessibility or equity programs, those that demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

5.    Partnership Fund

The purpose of the Partnership Fund is to encourage campus wide collaborations on innovative initiatives, projects, and events that promote a vibrant student experience and are consistent with the strategic goals of UTSC.

The application must include at least one partnership between one or more student organizations or clubs, and a UTSC staff, faculty, or department. Partnerships can also include external community collaborations.

6.    SCSU Club Funding 

The SCSU supports the advancement of recognized student organizations on campus and sets aside approximately $50,000 annually to assist groups with costs arising from events and activities. To apply for funding, student organizations must complete a Funding Request Form available at the SCSU office.

7.    Hart House Good Idea Fund 

One of the ways in which Hart House develops great programming for students is through the Good Ideas Fund (GIF). Funding priorities for the GIF include; activities or projects that reflect the Hart House vision, activities or projects that enhance or have a significant impact on student life on campus, activities or projects open to all students and that benefit all students, activities that promote diversity, collaboration and interaction between student groups.

8.    DSA Assistance Fund

The purpose of the DSA Assistance Program is to assist/support projects that enhance the quality of student life at the University of Toronto at Scarborough.

Any recognized Departmental Students’ Association at UTSC is eligible to apply for funding. Initiatives that are deemed the exclusive responsibility of the University’s operating budget will not be considered. Projects that will receive priority consideration include: those promoted by students, new projects that have not been previously funded, campus-wide education or outreach programs, accessibility of equity programs, those that demonstrate a need for financial assistance.

9.   Community-Engaged Initiative Grant

The Centre for Community Partnerships is excited to announce a new grant program opportunity for students at the University of Toronto. The CCP Community-Engaged Initiative Grants are financial awards ranging up to $1000, the total pool is $15,000. They are designed to ignite and strengthen student and community partnerships in the Greater Toronto Area and the Peel Region. The Grants encourage the development of innovative community service, community-engaged learning and/or civic engagement projects in partnership with community organizations. For more information or to apply: http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/ccp/grant

10. Provost’s Canada 150 Student Fund @ UofT

Canada is preparing for its 150th birthday (Sesquicentennial) on July 1, 2017. This milestone provides an opportunity for the University community to consider our nation’s history, while also reflecting on what it means to be Canadian as we move further into the 21st century. Would you like to be part of U of T’s celebration of Canada’s Sesquicentennial in 2017? Do you enjoy generating and developing ideas? If so, apply for funding from the Canada 150 Student Fund @UofT. 16 student initiatives will be awarded $1,000 each. Detailed information is available at www.uoft.me/Canada150.