Good Ideas Fund

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. Examples: Hose 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 throroughly
Step 2: 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

All funding decisions are made by a committee of students and staff.
There will be one deadline per term (fall and winter) – rolling applications will be accepted:

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

Applicants must submit their applications a minimum of four weeks before the proposed event/experience

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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,

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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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GIF Logo Download

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