Good Ideas Fund

The Hart House Good Ideas Fund is no longer accepting applications! Please check back in September 2019 for information on how to apply for 2019-20 funding.


Do you have an idea? Hart House is here to help you bring that idea to life.  


The Hart House Good Ideas Fund is getting bigger this year to make room for even more ideas from students on all three campuses. Not only can you submit your idea, you can join the Advisory Committee and make recommendations for which ones will receive funding.

So what exactly is the Good Ideas Fund and how does it work? Hart House accepts submissions from students for new initiatives and events that will enhance the on-campus experience of other students at U of T. We are looking for ideas that focus on inclusivity, specifically marginalized and under-represented groups, Indigenous education and cultural understanding and tri-campus student engagement.

The Hart House Good Ideas Fund supports good (and even great) ideas on campus, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The Good Ideas Fund will fund initiatives, events or projects up to $2000
  • Applicants can request funding for training or workshops that will help them successfully execute their idea
  • Successful applicants may be eligible to receive support from Good Ideas Fund staff

If you have a great idea, project, or event that you think will draw attention to an important issue, build community, or contribute to civic engagement, we want to hear from you! There are three central categories that are open for submissions:


Hart House is committed to the arts and expressions of culture that take place on all three U of T campuses. Examples: Creation of a musical composition, performance or presentation, or visual arts project in partnership with a community organization.


Hart House seeks to support initiatives which bring communities together through dialogue. The Dialogue category includes the Hart House Rubina Khawaja Dialogue Catalyst Grant, which focuses on interfaith, intercultural, and/or global dialogues. Dialogue program examples include: Host a conference on interfaith dialogue; bring together international and domestic students for meaningful weekly conversations.


Hart House encourages students to build community and support their academic careers through wellness and wellness-related activities. Examples:  Host a wheelchair basketball tournament; provide mindfulness meditation training.

How to Apply

Step1: Download and read the Guidelines for Applicants thoroughly

Step 2: Download and read the Good Ideas Fund Writing Recommendations thoroughly 

Step 3: Download and review the Good Ideas Fund Application Questions

Step 4: Good Ideas Fund Application Form available online

Good to know – What the Good Ideas Fund does not support

The Good Ideas Fund is not designed to support the following activities:

  • Events that have already taken place
  • Off-campus events (i.e. events not on any of the 3 campuses)
  • Fundraisers / charity events
  • Capital expenses (such as equipment costs)
  • Salaries (one-time honourarium payments for speakers or other special guests is permitted)
  • Academic projects
  • Travel expenses
  • Scholarships

Applications which are primarily for these purposes will not be considered.

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Submission Dates

For response time, decisions are delivered within three weeks of the application deadline. For applications made in between deadlines, expect a turnaround time of up to four weeks. We advise that applicants keep in mind the expected response time and submit their applications well in advance of their proposed event/ initiative.

Please note applications received after December 3, 2018 will be reviewed on January 21, 2019 as part of the applications for the Winter Term. All funding decisions are made by a committee of students and staff. There will be one deadline per term (fall and winter) and rolling applications will be accepted.

Fall Term: Monday, October 1, 2018 – 11:59 pm
Winter Term: Monday, January 21, 2019 – 11:59 pm

For response time, decisions are delivered within 3 weeks of the application deadline. For applications made in between deadlines, you can expect a turnaround time of up to 4 weeks. We advise that applicants keep in mind the expected response time and submit their applications way in advance of their proposed event/ initiative.

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Grant-Writing Workshops

Interested in improving your grant-writing skills? Want to learn about the various funding sources on campus? Attend one of our collaborative grant-writing workshops!

These workshops will provide you with an opportunity to:

  • Learn about the various funding opportunities on campus and how to write a wholesome application.
  • Identify and refine your idea, initiative or event through staff and peer engagement.

 Check back for specific dates and times.
For more information, please contact Jennifer Galley,

Questions regarding the Good Ideas Fund? 


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Resources and Links

  • CCP-Community Engaged Initiative Grant (UTSG)
  • Ian Orchard Fund (UTM)
  • Student Initiative Fund (UTSG)
  • Student Group Initiative Funding (UTSC)
  • Collaboration Fund (UTM)

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Previously Funded Initiatives in 2017-2018

  • 10th Annual Student-led Conference: The Next 150: Resisting colonialism and (re)claiming health on Turtle Island, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Afro-Futurism Black Art Showcase, Black Students’ Association
  • Decolonization Through Storytelling, a conversation with Indigenous Elder Lee Maracle, Faculty of Information Student Working Group
  • Diversity and Sports Podcasting Series
  • Festival of Ideas Showcase, Festival of Original Theatre
  • Historicizing Xenophobia in Canada Conference – Keynote by Dr. Afua Cooper, History Students’ Association
  • Indigenous Writer’s Workshop
  • Islam Awareness Week (supported by the Rubina Khawaja Grant), Muslim Students’ Association
  • Let’s Talk about Mental Health Photo Exhibition, Pharmacology and Toxicology Student Association
  • Let’s Talk Science / A World without Hermione, Harry Potter Alliance UTSC
  • Multi-media Arts Exhibit, UTSC Historical and Cultural Studies Student Association
  • Music for Memories, Students’ Alzheimers Alliance
  • Sexposium
  • Spectopalooza, The Spectorial
  • South Asian Women’s Reading Group

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“GIF is an extremely valuable resource to benefit student groups. The broad nature of GIF makes it possible for GIF to fund clubs with diverse purposes as long as it contributes positively to student life at U of T. The information on the website about how to apply to GIF is very user-friendly. The competitive nature of the GIF also encourages students to practice their writing skills which is an extremely useful academic and personal skill.”

“The GIF team was very helpful and supportive! And the process was simple and accessible”

“I would definitely recommend other student groups to apply to the GIF. The fund allowed us to be able to realize our project goals to their potential, without hindrance from the tight budgets that many students individually face. The support of the fund also has non-monetary value too, as it encourages ideas to be well-developed and at times has even been seen as a ‘certification’.”

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GIF Logo Download

Download a zip file containing the Good Ideas Fund logo >>

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