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First Year Experience Fund

The First Year Experience Fund will be disbursed in the form of grants to Queen’s departments and student groups that are mandated to deliver personal, social and academic transition programs and services for undergraduate students. The goal of the Fund is to encourage and support both ongoing and innovative programs and services that enhance undergraduate student life and learning, with a particular emphasis on the first year student experience.  

Eligibility Criteria: 

  • The applicant must represent a University Department or a student-led group affiliated with a University Department or the Alma Mater Society.
  • The Department or Group must have a mandate to enhance undergraduate student life, the broader learning environment or the student experience.
  • The project must be non-profit in nature. This grant program is intended to support co-curricular initiatives and programs for students. However course-related activities in collaboration with faculty, which benefit students more broadly and fulfill other criteria of the grant program, will be considered.
  • Funds may be requested for expendable initiatives or capital projects. 

Application Deadlines: 

Departments and groups will have the opportunity to submit funding requests for review and approval twice every year, according to the following deadlines and timelines:

Deadline for Submission

Funding Decision

Project Impact/Implementation

3rd Monday in January

January 31

February  1 – September 30

3rd Monday in September

September 30

October 1 – January 31

 Applications will be accepted any time and reviewed after the next upcoming deadline.  

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Selection Criteria: 

Requests for Funds will be assessed based on the extent to which the initiatives aim to: 

  • Support student leadership development and community engagement,
  • Support student learning and academic success,
  • Support personal, mental, social, cultural and spiritual needs and interests that influence academic success,
  • Promote and create positive, healthy and inclusive campus living and learning environments and communities, or
  • Develop greater social consciousness and citizenship among students. 

Funds will be prioritized for initiatives that emphasize benefits to undergraduate students in their first year of study (most of which live in Residence), but may also support initiatives that target any segment of the student body with the aim of improving the living and broader learning environment for undergraduate students at Queen’s. 

Application Process: 

Applications will be reviewed by the Residence Society Fine Revenue Allocation Committee, the President of the Residence Society and the Manager of Residence Life.