Student Initiative Fund

Each year the CUSA Student Initiative Fund (SIF) gives students the chance to pursue exciting opportunities and projects that enhance their education and enrich the Carleton community. Students are invited to apply to receive funding for student initiatives such as conferences, competitions, charity events, and academic projects.

The Student Initiative Fund was created to replace the Conference and Discretionary Fund, with improved guidelines and an extended purpose. It is maintained by CUSA Council and is intended to assist students and student groups on campus in endeavors which improve the Carleton community, the profile of CUSA, and/or the interests of the students involved.

The CUSA Student Initiative Fund is not available to areas of CUSA that receive funding through CUSA’s operating budget. Restricted areas include, but are not limited to: Service Centres, its Businesses, and its Executives. This restriction does not preclude any individual member of the Executive or a Service Centre from obtaining funding for a conference/event if it does not relate to their position in a restricted area.

All applications must include a completed budget using the Student Initiative Fund Sample Budget.

The money in the fund will be distributed at the discretion of the SIF committee shortly after the following deadlines:

  • Application deadline for the summer academic session, July 31st
  • Application deadline for the fall academic session, October 31st and December 1st.
  • Application deadline for the winter academic session, January 31st and March 31st

Student Initiative Fund Application