Undergraduate Student Initiatives Fund (USIF)

September 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

What is it?

The Undergraduate Student Initiatives Fund is money set aside every year to help bring to life the ideas and initiatives of students who wish to enhance their experience on campus with and event, club activity, program etc.  An open call for applications is on year round, and the first review is coming up soon.

What are the criteria for ideas?

The initiative must have some benefit or effect on undergraduate students.  Complete information on all of the rules and regulations can be found here.  Make sure to read all policies thoroughly, as it will determine whether or not the initiative can be funded.  However, these are only the guidelines for funding.  Feel free to think outside of the box and amaze the committee with innovative and new ideas.  This is a great opportunity to break new ground, and all ideas that meet the criteria will be considered.

How much money can I get for your idea?

The actual amount allocated to an initiative is based on the number of applications and the impact on students.  The Student Services Committee (comprised of representatives from Student Affairs and the MSU) will judge the value of the endeavours and assign funds accordingly.  Ideas that benefit more people will most likely received more funding.  Funding is limited, though, so make sure to get applications in as soon as possible.

How do I apply?

For applications, click this link.  The forms must be submitted by different dates depending on when an idea, event or program is set to run. The first deadline is approaching quickly:

Submission Deadlines:

September 28, 2012 – (Term I, programs/events held September 1 and November 30)
November 30, 2012 – (Term II, programs/events held December 1 and March 31)
February 15, 2013 – (Term III, programs/events held April 1 to August 30)

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