Social Innovation Seed Funding

Get your idea or project funded!

RADIUS SFU and Embark Sustainability have partnered to provide funding in amounts ranging up to $2,000, depending on project size and budget, to SFU students.

The Social Innovation Seed Fund provides students and recent alumni access to early-stage financial support for projects, initiatives, programs, or processes intended to create positive social, economic, or environmental transformation for SFU and its communities.

Created to unlock the potential and seed the development of social innovation projects by SFU students, it is also intended to contribute to the development of a robust social innovation landscape at the university, accelerating the development of sustainable innovations and student social innovators emerging from SFU.

Want money to kick-start your idea? Learn more and apply today!

Applications for this cycle are now closed. 

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What is Social Innovation?

Social innovation can be broadly defined as “innovation that is social both in its ends and its means.” Student Social Innovation Projects are initiatives, ventures, products, programs, events, or processes intended to create positive social, economic, or environmental transformation for SFU and/or its communities.

Who Should Apply?

All students from across SFU are encouraged to apply for the Seed Fund. A primary team member must be an active student at SFU or a recent alumni (i.e. within six months of their convocation date).

Please keep in mind:

  • Academic research projects and conference fees are not usually funded.
  • Projects that are already funded by other SFU student organizations are less likely to be considered.
  • One-time events can be funded up to a maximum of $500.

Past Seed Fund Recipients

The Neighbour Hub

The Neighbour Hub

The Neighbour Hub is a physical structure to be placed in community parks to be used in cases of natural disaster.
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The Plot

The Plot

PLOT Care Baskets is an initiative aiming to provide weekly boxes filled with delicious, fresh produce for our neighbours who are in need.

Copely Community Orchard

Copely Community Orchard

Creating a seed pantry for local gardeners would teach others how to grow food and collect seeds.
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How to Apply:

Applications for the 2022/2023 Social Innovation Seed Fund are now closed.

  • Read through the Application Guide to understand what makes a strong application and review the FAQs.
  • Review the application questions. *We encourage you to prepare your responses separately before submitting into the application form.
  • Fill out the SurveyMonkey application when available.
  • Review your answers before submitting the application.


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