U of T Scarborough Canada150 Fund

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the U of T Scarborough Canada150 Fund promotes greater public engagement with the University by supporting unique, one-time projects that reflect on the past, present and future of our campus; that offer critical reflection on Canadian history; and that demonstrate U of T Scarborough’s role in the Canada that is becoming. In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, special consideration is given to proposals that address Indigenous concerns.

The Fund is administered by the U of T Scarborough Canada150 Fund Review Committee, composed of faculty, staff and students: 

  • Professor Franca Iacovetta, Department of Historical & Cultural Studies
  • Professor Clare Hasenkampf, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences; Associate Dean, Teaching & Learning, and Director of the Centre for Teaching & Learning
  • Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) Glenn Brauen, Department of Human Geography
  • Shelley Romoff, U of T Scarborough Director of Communications & Public Affairs (Chair)
  • Nadia Rosemond, Manager, Student Life & Leadership Programs
  • Tracy Curran, Assistant Director, Special Projects & Accounting
  • Bushra Nabi, (4th year double major in City Studies and Human Geography; minor in Migration and Ethnic Diversity)
  • Jessica Kirk, (5th year Psychology; double minor in Political Science and French); President, Scarborough Campus Students’ Union
  • Conor Anderson, PhD candidate, Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, Graduate Students’ Association at Scarborough New Frontier Seminar Series Chair

Total Allocation

$50,000; Funds will be allocated to faculty, staff and students in two streams

  1. Two awards of up to $10,000
  2. Awards of $3,000 - $5,000


All proposals must contain an effective and significant community engagement strategy designed to attract the larger public’s attention and/or participation.  Outreach can take a variety of forms appropriate to the particular project.


Proposals will be accepted from faculty, staff, and from individual students and recognized student groups or societies in partnership with a faculty member(s), or an administrative department. Faculty partners serve as advisors to students on methodology, proposal development, budget development, and are available for regular consultation.* Faculty will be asked by students to sign a letter detailing the partnership arrangement, for example outlining the counsel offered and benchmarks for meetings.

Partnerships can be further extended to also include community organizations in addition to faculty mentors.

Funds will be awarded to proposals that reflect on the place of U of T Scarborough in the community and in the country. In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, special consideration will be given to proposals that address Indigenous concerns.

Detailed and clearly articulated plans will receive preferential treatment.

Proposal Requirements

  • In addition to some basic contact information and an accurate budget as discussed below, the following is required on the application form:
  • Abstract (limited to 300 words)
  • Project/event description (limited to 300 words)
  • Impact statement (limited to 300 words)
  • A detailed plan that includes stated learning objectives, how the project will be assessed, and a report delivered on the outcomes and impact. (limited in length to 300 words)
  • Student-led proposals must also include an accompanying faculty letter outlining the partnership.
  • The letter confirming completion of the Proposal Writing Workshop should also be included as appropriate.


A detailed budget plan must be submitted with a proposal. Administrative costs should not exceed more than 25 percent of any proposed budget. This fund’s purpose is to support the substance of proposed events, capital projects, and research. The budget should be limited in length to 300 words.

NOTE: Advances or reimbursements are allocated on a case-by-case basis.


As a general rule, proposals must be for activities occurring within the Sesquicentennial year, calendar year 2017, except for proposals that represent exceptional opportunities as identified by the Review Committee, that begin in 2017 and may extend beyond December 31 into the early months of 2018.


Interest and Relevance: The proposal abstract should demonstrate a benefit to public engagement with the campus. Applicants should clearly state how the proposed activity contributes to engagement with Canada’s 150th anniversary, whether this focuses on Canada’s history, the current Canadian context, or the role of the campus in Canada’s future. 

The proposal must also indicate how impact will be measured. Learning outcomes must be clearly outlined in the proposal.

All activities must be hosted on campus or in the Scarborough community.

Capability – Applicants must demonstrate capable management of the intended project.

Need – Funding is available for new projects that are not tied to annual or on-going events, programs or research funded through other sources.

Due Diligence – The proposal should demonstrate diligence in presenting its budget (at least three quotes or alternatives are expected to be submitted to the committee, where possible), and other criteria specific to the project. The role of each partner organization and/or partner academic and administrative department must be clearly identified. Proposals must take into consideration existing policies and restrictions on physical property, development and risk management. 

All partners must sign the proposal.


Charitable Funding: The U of T Scarborough Canada150 Fund does not make charitable donations, and will sponsor all activities based solely on their merits based on the above guidelines.

Intangibles:  (i.e. meals, etc.) are funded on a case-by-case basis.

Alternative Funding Sources: The fund is not available to projects that have secured funding from other sources at the time the proposal is submitted.

Applications submitted after event/project planning is underway are not eligible for funding.

Application Period and Deadlines

The application period opens September 30, 2016. The deadline for submissions is Friday, January 13, 2017.

Students and student groups submitting for funding are encouraged to participate in a workshop on proposal writing offered by the Centre for Teaching & Learning. This workshop will be recorded on each student participant’s Co-curricular Record. Letters confirming completion of the workshop will be provided by the Centre for Teaching & Learning, and should be included with the proposal. The workshop is also available to U of T Scarborough staff.

Sign up for the Proposal Writing Workshop

To apply for the U of T Scarborough Canada150 Fund, please fill out and submit this online application. If you have any questions, please contact Joycelyn Reid, Administrative Assistant, Communications & Public Affairs.

The U of T Scarborough Canada150 Fund Review Committee will forward any questions the committee may have about a specific proposal to the applicant, requesting a response within five days.

Approvals Process

The Review Committee will review proposals and if considered necessary may choose to invite a short list of applicants to make presentations. The format for the presentation will be confirmed by the Review Committee and communicated to those submitting proposals shortly after the submission deadline. 

The Review Committee will recommend proposals for funding to the U of T Scarborough Executive. 

Successful proposals will be announced no later than Tuesday January 31, 2017.

Oversight and Accountability

The fund is administered by the U of T Scarborough Canada150 Fund Review Committee, which includes faculty, student and administrative department representatives. At least two Review Committee members will form an administration sub-committee.

Required procedures must be completed in full.

Projects must be completed and funds spent by December 31, 2017 unless the Review Committee approves an extension for those projects considered exceptional opportunities that extend into the following year, that also include material developed in partnership with a community organization.

Students who prepare a report and/or reflection on the application or on a funded project will have their work documented on their transcript through the Co-curricular Record.

After the project is completed, recipients will forward the Assessment of Completed Project form to the fund administrators for review, with itemized receipts or invoices for the project costs to be funded.

The Review Committee is empowered to make its funding conditional, provided that the conditions are set out in writing and agreed upon by all parties.

Funded Proposals

In accepting funding for the project proposal the project partners grant, in perpetuity, a non-exclusive license to the Governing Council of the University of Toronto, to publish, display, reproduce, modify, edit, or otherwise use the project to promote Canada’s Sesquicentennial or the University of Toronto Scarborough. Physical materials produced from funded projects become the property of the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and may also be subject to the University's Copyright and Inventions Policies.  

*In addition to the Proposal Writing Workshop, a team of advisors may be convened to offer students regular advice and consultation throughout the implementation of their projects and in the development of their reports and reflections.  The advisors may choose to offer a series of workshops in addition to offering advice on an individual basis through the course of the project, including the final report.

Important Dates

Week of October 3, 2016: UTSC Canada’s Sesquicentennial Fund announced.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016: Proposal Writing Workshop. 10 am – 12 pm. Room AC219.

Friday, January 13, 2017: Application deadline.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017: Awards announced.

Canada 150 1867 - 2017 logo. University of Toronto Scarborough logo.

U of T Scarborough Canada150 Funded Projects

The following unique projects have received support to reflect on the past, present and future of our campus; offer critical reflection on Canadian history; and demonstrate U of T Scarborough’s role in the Canada that is becoming.