Student Group Granting Program

Student Group Granting Program

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April 29 2020 Update

Round 1 of the 2020-21 Granting Program Applications have been adapted temporarily. Please see below for details.

When we have further updates to this program, they will be communicated through the SGS Newsletter. You can make sure you are subscribed to the newsletter here.

Application Deadlines:

Applications Open Application Deadline Event Date has to fall within:
May 01 - 31 May 31st July 1st - December 31 (Fall Semester events) (Changed for 2020-21 fiscal year only)
Sept 01 - 30 September 30th January 01 - April 30 (Winter Semester events)
Jan 01 - 30 January 31st May 01 - August 31 (Spring/Summer Semester events)

Modifications for 2020-21:

Back in March, with the fast changes that we had to make to our programs and operations in response to COVID-19, we also suspended the Student Group Granting Program. This also meant that we had to cancel the adjudication of grant applications that were submitted in January 2020.

For the 2020-21 year, starting May 1 2020, we have implemented the following changes to the Program, to accommodate for the changes that took place in March.

Operations Grant applications received in January 2020 will be considered alongside any new Operations Grant applications received this month. If your student group applied for Operations funding in January 2020, you will not have to apply again. If your group applied in January and would like to make changes to the application, please contact us and we will help you with next steps!

Round 1 of the 2020-2021 Granting Program will consider proposals for events taking place from July 1 2020 - December 31 2020. Typically, this May application period would only consider events occurring between September 1 - December 31. If your group applied for an Event Grant in January 2020, and are still seeking funding for a modified version of your event, your group will have to submit a new Event Grant application.

Please note that to be eligible for funding, your events will still have to be approved by the Office of the Dean of Students SERM team, otherwise the Students’ Union reserves the right to deny/rescind funding. If you have questions or concerns please contact the program at

How to Apply

The Students’ Union administers the Student Group Granting program. Since funds are provided by the Students' Union, only SU-level groups are eligible for grants.

  1. Read the Application thoroughly on BearsDen to make sure you know what you're eligible for, what limits there are, and get everything in order.
  2. Still confused? SGS to the rescue! We have budget templates, sample applications (coming soon!), and check right above for our info session dates! (Let us know if the templates don't download properly on your computer, and we can email them to you!)
    - Find resources on the Granting Program BearsDen page
  3. Great! Now, go to the Student Group Granting Committee's BearsDen page and fill out the appropriate application form completely - well in advance of the granting deadline. Refer to Step 1 (or email us) if you don't know which category you should apply under.

    • Event Grant: This grant is intended to offer financial support to groups that are primarily planning and hosting an event OR for a group sending members as ambassadors to an event or conference.
    • Operations Grant: The Operations Grant is intended to offer funds to support or acquire items which will contribute to general and ongoing group operations and not for a one-time or recurring event.
  4. Revise your application as necessary, and submit it to our office by the granting deadline. We can't accept late applications, and we don't make exceptions - so be punctual!

Student Group Grant Application Resources:

Grant Application Meetings

SGS is available to meet with you in the weeks leading up to the granting deadlines to answer your questions and help you to write strong applications. Book an appointment to set up a meeting before the next deadline! Please note: staff will not read drafts of your application. If you would like help with another set of eyes, we recommend booking an appointment (free!) at the Centre for Writers on campus.

Student Group Granting Committee

The SGGC is an adjudication committee composed of students with student group executive experience, and aids Student Group Services, on behalf of the Finance Committee, to provide funding to SU-recognized student groups for their operations and events. The SGGC also serves as an advisory committee for Student Group Services when making changes to the Granting Program, to ensure that changes are made in the best interest of the student group population.

Other Granting Resources

We have compiled a list of other sources of funding available to students both on and off campus. Please take advantage of the opportunities available to you! Click here to access the list.

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