Inclusive Initiatives Fund

UBC’s Inclusive Initiatives Fund (IIF) provides low-barrier access to funds for students working to build a more inclusive UBC.


Launched in 2021, the IIF supports diverse student-led projects that seek to create a positive impact on student experiences and advance change at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan. Eligible projects will seek to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion, including through social justice, decolonization, and anti-racism efforts.

$100,000 has been allocated to support student initiatives in 2021 and 2022.

Applications open November 1st and there is no deadline to apply.

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Eligibility Criteria

Please review the below criteria as you assess whether to apply for funding.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students in good standing and currently enrolled in at least one academic course;
  • Students can apply as individuals, as a team, or as members of a UBC student club and/or organization;
  • Applications will not be considered on behalf of off-campus organizations or from UBC students on behalf of off-campus organizations.

  • The fund is in place to support student-led initiatives and aims to catalyze innovative and creative approaches to building inclusion.
  • Initiatives must seek to positively impact students from equity-deserving groups, including those self-identifying as Indigenous, people of colour, people with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+, and women.

Projects should fall under one of the following themes:

  • Community building, including for example: events that seek to create connections, foster relationships and build a sense of belonging amongst different affinity or cultural groups or along interest lines.
  • Education, knowledge sharing, and capacity building, including for example: workshops, dialogues and speaker series, media and storytelling projects.
  • System and culture change, including for example student-led surveys or audits to identify barriers and gaps to inclusion, forming of EDI committees, developing practices and guidelines.

  • Funds may be used to pay for speaker fees, honorariums, catering, venues, travel, publicity, and equipment. Any equipment purchased will, however, remain the property of the university.
  • Students who are identified as responsible for doing the work to advance the project would be eligible to be compensated for their time and effort from the project budget.

While there is no formal cap for a maximum amount that can be requested per or allocated to a project this year, we are hoping to fund as many projects as possible so expect that most projects will not exceed $5000 in funding.

We will at the end of this cycle evaluate requests received and use that analysis to inform our approach next year.

We will aim to get back to you within ten working days.

While we are not asking for a formal report, we do ask for a short summary of what happened, what difference or impact the project made, and how the funds were spent.
We may also contact you to spotlight your project as part of our communication efforts to highlight community member’s work to advance equity, diversity and inclusion at UBC.

Application Review Process

While we seek to ensure this fund is as low barrier as possible, we also want to ensure that projects are impactful .

All applications will first be reviewed by the Equity Student Advisory Council (ESAC) and their recommendation passed on to the Associate Vice-President (AVP), Equity and Inclusion for their consideration. The AVP, Equity and Inclusion will then make a decision on funding allocation.

In some cases, ESAC will share recommendations back to the applicants with ideas as to how to strengthen their project and application. Once those recommendations have been incorporated, the project will then be passed on to the AVP, Equity and Inclusion for their consideration.

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