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Student Innovation Fund Grenfell Campus

Do you have a good idea to enhance student engagement on campus and need some funding to get started? Below are some frequently asked questions to help you get started.

Student Innovation Application Form (PDF)

 

What is the purpose of the Student Innovation Fund?

The purpose of the Student Innovation Fund is to reinforce student innovation, empower students to productively respond to student issues and foster feelings of ownership, involvement and connection to the mission and community of Grenfell Campus. The Office of Health & Diversity Student Services Office administers this fund.

 

Who can apply?

Individual applications can be submitted by full-time undergraduate students. Part-time undergraduate students may also apply, but funding requests will be pro-rated.

 

Are graduate students eligible to apply?

The Student Innovation Fund is for undergraduate students only.

 

Will the Student Innovation Fund support student travel?

Yes! Applications will be considered for travel up to six weeks. Please note, this fund cannot be used to fund the international exchange.

 

What is the maximum funding available?

Individual student and group applications will be considered for a maximum allocation of $500 per semester.

 

What are the criteria used to decide which ideas are funded?

Proposals for funding are submitted to the Student Innovation Fund committee which is composed of student and university representatives. This committee normally reviews proposals three times per year but can be flexible depending on the circumstances.

Three criteria will be used to evaluate proposals: innovation, empowerment and student involvement. Proposals which best meet these criteria will receive funding, as resources allow.

 

Innovative initiatives may include:

  • New programs.
  • An innovative delivery of an existing program and/or service.
  • An expanded or enriched program.
  • An initiative that will enrich the student experience at Memorial.

 

Initiatives which encourage empowerment may include:

  • Informational and educational initiatives related to student issues.
  • Training programs which develop leadership capabilities or student awareness.

 

Initiatives which foster student involvement may include those that:

  • Broaden student participation in events on campus.
  • Integrate academic areas with social and community activities.
  • Mentor younger students through shared activities with more experienced students.

 

When do I need to apply?

Applicants can apply for funding once per semester (fall, winter, spring/summer).

 

Application deadlines

  • Spring/Summer: June 15*
  • Fall: Oct. 15*
  • Winter: Feb. 15*

*applications can be reviewed before or after the deadline depending on the nature of the activity/event

 

Applications not eligible:

  • The application is related to course requirements i.e. internship, rotation, clinical or group work in a course.
  • The application is related to an event that is being facilitated by a faculty or department at Grenfell.
  • Application to support a third-party organization.

 

Am I expected to do anything in return for the funding?

Applicants may be called upon to participate in an annual showcase event which celebrates student activity supported through the fund or may be asked to submit photos or a report of their funded activities.

 

How do I apply?

Download the Student Innovation Application Form (PDF) or (Microsoft Word Version) or pick up a copy from the Office of Health & Diversity. Complete the form and submit to AS 271 before the deadline.

 

If I have questions, who should I speak with?

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the Office of Health & Diversity at (709) 637-6232.

All information requested by the Student Innovation Fund will be used solely for the administration and management of the program. All personal information collected by the Student Innovation Fund Committee is subject to the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Memorial University Act (RSNL 1990 Chapter M-7) and is used for the purposes of academic administration, program planning and human resource management. Questions about this collection and use of personal information may be directed to the Office of Health & Diversity, AS 271.

 

Student Services

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS278
Phone: (709) 637-6232
Email: studentservices@grenfell.mun.ca