Win money to make a difference.
You want meaningful work. You want to innovate. You want to have impact. If you have an innovative idea designed to engage your community, we want to hear from you!
$12,000 is available for innovative projects designed to engage community and ignite change in Surrey Centre, Brentwood, Metrotown, Lougheed, and Edmonds. Every meaningful journey starts with a first step — take yours today.
A bit of passion and commitment
We don’t often focus on the impact that a community engagement project has on its creators. But whether it helps you clarify your goals or just gives you a little bit more hope for what can be accomplished in the world, as Jennifer Dao, program manager for Media Minds, shares with us: even a little inspiration can go a long, long way. learn more →
Reflections on a community health engagement program
Iris Lesser won the Engagement Award during the 2015 SFU Student Community Engagement Competition for her Bhangra in the Park proposal, a project inspired by her doctoral work at SFU. We asked Iris to reflect on her experiences in the hope that her story might help any of you who are inspired to create meaningful social change. Here’s what she had to share... learn more →
Two new awards for engaging Burnaby!
We realized last year that this kind of work needs support in all communities where SFU students live, study, work and play. So, our very own Rachel Nelson drafted an application to the SFU Community Engagement Initiative in an attempt to create new awards that would allow us to support more projects in more communities. We’re very happy she did... learn more →
"The SFU Surrey - Central City Student Community Engagement Competition launch has sustained our mobile garden project through funding, publicity and community connections that allow us to create a network of Gro-Carts and urban food-growers in Surrey.” -Kate Elliott & Tammas Grogan, 2015 Community Engagement Competition Grand Award Winner
BLACKWOOD GRAND AWARD WINNER 2016
Media Minds is an after school program for newcomer students in grades 6-9. By developing students’ interpersonal and communication skills through videography, Media Minds is able to ease the transition of newcomers into the community.
BLACKWOOD GRAND AWARD WINNER 2015
The Gro-Cart project seeks to empower members of the Surrey community by enabling them to grow food themselves. With the use of repaired grocery carts, mobile gardens will be created to be used and shared by those with limited garden space.
BLACKWOOD GRAND AWARD WINNER 2014
Surrey Collaborative Outreach and Research Experience (SCORE) aims to develop the human capital of the Central City community to enable local talent to take advantage of the opportunities being created by the revitalization of the City Centre.