Criteria and eligibility


Proposals that meet the following criteria will be highly ranked:

  • Demonstrate alignment with SFU’s vision as Canada’s most community-engaged research university (engaging students, engaging research, engaging communities)
  • Address an area that is demonstrated to be important to the community organization or community of interest
  • Address an opportunity identified in SFU’s Community Engagement Strategy
  • Involve a new SFU community partner or substantively strengthen programming or collaborations with an existing community partner
  • Bring together the SFU community on SFU’s campuses and connect with SFU alumni
  • Expand a successful SFU community engagement initiative to another SFU campus
  • Include an explicit plan that articulates how success is defined and how one will know when success is achieved


As the Initiative is primarily designed to seed new activities, the duration of funding will be a maximum of one year.

Eligible Expenses

  • Interim staffing costs for new initiative development
  • Other costs associated with partnership development

Funding will not normally cover:

  • Costs for ongoing operations and administration of existing projects or initiatives
  • Costs incurred prior to being awarded funding
  • Indirect costs such as overhead
  • Costs for conferences and meetings that are eligible for funding from other SFU sources including the Vice President Academic Conference Fund
  • Costs for salaries, stipends, or travel for experts that are not affiliated with SFU