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Frequently Asked Questions: 

Student Initiative Fund 

Who can apply?

All registered full and part-time undergraduate and graduate Queen’s students are eligible to apply to the SIF.

How do I submit an application?

Applications must be submitted electronically and are available through the SIF webpage.

My event is planned for next year can I apply this year?

Yes. Events that are planned for the current academic year or the upcoming academic year are eligible for funding.

When will I know if I am successful?

All applicants will be notified, by email, regarding the outcome approximately 3 weeks after their request.

How much money could I receive?

The maximum award for individual projects or events is $500.

The maximum amount for group projects is $1,500.

What is a Group Project?

A Group Project is any project, activity or event that is planned or organized by more than two individuals.

What information is required in the budget?

The budget should include all projected revenue from all sources, including admission fees, donations and fundraising and all associated expenses including speaker fees, speaker travel, marketing, promotion and communication costs, venue and equipment rental and other related expenses including those related to fundraising activities. Please provide information concerning how funds will be received if your application is successful:  journal entry, cheque to group, cheque to applicant.

What expenses are eligible for funding?

Eligible expenses include:

  • speaker fees and associated travel expenses
  • room and equipment rentals for meetings and conferences
  • supplies (such as badges, labels and paper)
  • marketing, promotional and communication expenses
  • some travel expenses (excluding travel for individual students attending or presenting at a meeting or conference)
  • other operating expenses (excluding food, beverages, purchase of equipment, wages, gifts or charitable donations)


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