Student Initiative Fund

The Student Initiative Fund (SIF) has been established by students in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Its purpose is to provide support for undergraduate student activities, initiatives, events, or in support of services that benefit students in the Faculty. Applications to this Fund should detail the nature of the initiative, event or activity, the specific proposed uses of the requested support, and an explanation of how students will benefit from the initiative. Applicants should use the associated application form to request support. All disbursement decisions will be made by the Committee described below, and no funds shall be disbursed without the Committee's knowledge and permission. The SIF is a restricted operating fund - all proposals and expenditures supported through this Fund must comply with the University of Manitoba's governing financial policies and procedures.

The Committee will put out a call for proposals thrice yearly (in September, November and February), although applications for support will be accepted at any time and indeed the intent is to publicize the existence of the Fund frequently. The Committee will meet in a timely manner (semi-annually/as needed) to:

  1. Review and approve proposals/requests for funding
  2. Review and make recommendations about the expense allocation;

The use of allocated funds must support initiatives in one or more of the following categories, the list of which below is NOT in order of priority. Funds may be allocated to all or any categories at the discretion of the Committee in any given year. Allocations made in any given year apply only to the year in which they are made; i.e. there is no automatic renewal of allocations once made.

  • Educational equipment
  • Renovations
  • Student professional development
  • Maintenance of spaces used exclusively or almost exclusively by students (e.g. FASO offices; student lounge)
  • Other worthy initiatives.

Proposal for initiatives that fall outside of the above-mentioned categories may be granted pending approval by the Committee.

The SIF is funded by undergraduate students in the degree and diploma programs. In order to apply for funding, applicants must be a current student enrolled in a diploma or undergraduate degree program.

Faculty employees may apply to the SIF, strictly for student related matters.

Undergraduate student clubs/organizations who have members within the Faculty may also apply to the SIF.


  • Senior Stick, FASO (will normally serve as Committee Chair)
  • Diploma Stick, FASO
  • Senior Treasurer, FASO
  • Director of Communications, FASO
  • Faculty Advisor to FASO
  • Dean of Agricultural and Food Sciences (or designate)

In order to create awareness and ensure the student body is aware of how their charitable contributions are being utilized:

  • The Office of the Dean will provide an online annual report of the SIF disbursements.
  • The Office of the Dean will provide quarterly statements to FASO on the SIF fund.
  • FASO will report the results of the SIF disbursements to their student body via all reasonable means (online, at orientation, etc.)
  • Any funds awarded will only be available until the end of the budget year. Any unused funds will be returned to the SIF.
  • No new disbursements from the fund may be made without approval from the membership committee, except in cases where urgent care (pertaining to safety issues and/or willful damage) for student-related spaces (e.g. FASO office; student lounge) is required, in which case reasonable disbursements may be made with the Dean's approval, provided immediate notice is given to the selection committee.

Projects deemed to be complimentary or enhancements of existing academic programs should be vetted through the Department Head or Associate Dean Academic before being submitted to the SIF Review Committee.

NOVEMBER CALL - deadline Friday, November 29, 2019 at 12 noon.

application form


Committee Recommendations for Successful Applications

November 2019 Call Results

When Aggies Meet Foodies $890.00
ABSA Barley & Cheese Business Etiquette Event $2305.20
Canola Discovery Forum Student Delegation $446.25
UofM Future Leaders 4-H Club Achievement Gala $2500.00
Degree Graduation Dinner 2019 $5000.00
FHNS Guest Lecture Night $300.00
ACHES Conference $2885.00
Research in FHNS Department Speaker Series $1000.00
Advancing Women in Agriculture Conference East $469.27
Dietitians of Canada National Conference Student Sponsorship $8000.00
Dietitians of Canada National Conference Representative Sponsorship $800.00


September 2019 Call Results

Student Exchange Info Session $300.00
Critical Dietetics Conference Viewing Party $600.00
Fuel Morning $500.00
Advancing Women in Agriculture East 2019  $1160.00
Student Leadership Summit  $1000.00
Manitoba Young Farmer Ag in Motion Trip  $107.10
Trip to Canada's Farm Progress Show  $218.66
What's Cooking on Campus  $500.00
Evolution of Food Waste Competition  $2000.00
Vetavision 2019  $1324.12
Student Exchange to SLU (Sweden)  $1250.00
Association of Canadian Human Ecology Students Conference 2020  $500.00
Desserts is Stressed Spelled Backwards  $250.00
Supplies for old HESO office  $500.00
Health at Every Size Conference  $1500.00
Intramural Teams $1975.05


April 2019 Call Results 

Advancing Women in Agriculture West 2019 $565.71
Advancing Women in Agriculture West 2019 $750.22
Aggie Skating Night $420.50
Agroforestry Society of Manitoba’s Riparian Zone Restoration – Phase 1 $1084.24
Degree Grad Guest Speaker Sponsorship – Kim McConnell $985.18
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Degree Graduation Dinner 2019 $5000.00
Fall 2019 NECO Outreach Activities $700.00
Hoedown Week Ball Hockey Tournament $381.12
International Lipid School $750.00
Mental Health First Aid Course $673.00
New Student HNSC Orientation $600.00
Nutrition Month Instagram Contest Prizes $100.00
Student Council Training $1200.00
Student Exchange to SLU (Sweden) $750.00
Treat or Eat 2018 $118.80
Western College of Veterinary Medicine Tour $1250.00