Social Innovation Seed Funding

Get your 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 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.

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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Get Out There

Get Out There

An information hub that shares civic, social, and environmental opportunities for young adults in the Greater Vancouver Area.

Humanitarians in Training

Humanitarians in Training

Empowering youth to take action on humanitarian and social-justice issues.
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How to Apply:

  • Read through the Application Guide to understand what makes a strong application and review the FAQs.
  • Review the application questions on this Google Doc. We encourage you to prepare your responses separately before submitting into the application form.
  • Fill out the SurveyMonkey application below. Make sure to answer the questions thoroughly. If you are unclear, you can email
  • Review your answers before submitting the application.

Applications for the 2021/2022 Social Innovation Seed Fund are closed.

  • Round 1 Deadline: October 16, 2021

    Notification of Result: November 6, 2021

  • Round 2 Deadline: November 20, 2021

    Notification of Result: December 11, 2021

  • Round 3 Deadline: February 5, 2022

    Notification of Result: February 26, 2022

  • Round 4 Deadline: April 30, 2022

    Notification of Result: May 21, 2022


Should you have any further questions, please contact the Seed Fund Co-Lead at

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