Funds Available to Students

The following list is a resource of the different types of grants and funding we have compiled that are available to students through the Student Union as well as different departments of the University throughout the year. Each section includes a brief description of the types of funds available, as well as a link to more information on how to access them.

1. OCAD Student Union 2017/18 Project Grants

Please review the Project Grant info Package, it consists of all you need to know for the 2017/18 grant cycle. Read everything over carefully, if you have any questions about the granting process please email Lizz Aston, Director of Operations at

Grant Poster 2017

What are the SU Project Grants?

The OCAD Student Union believes the ideas and dreams of students should not be limited to the size of their wallets. SU Project Grants provide an opportunity for student members (part-time, full-time, graduate, undergrad and student groups) to receive partial or full funding to realize projects, host events or do other creative initiatives that would otherwise be unattainable due to financial barriers.

Our goal is to create opportunities that directly benefit the OCAD U Student community as a whole. Projects where one student’s personal gain is paramount will not qualify for funding.

Grant applications will be submitted to the OCAD SU Project Grants Committee and evaluated using our Funding Rubric. The highest scoring proposals will receive funding. Proposals are juried by the SU Grants Committee consisting of the SU Director of Operations, Director of Diversity and Equity, Director of Xpace and an External Artist/Designer. No funding will be issued after the granting period is over. If you miss the deadline and require funding after the granting period is over, please see our Micro Grant application form.

What kinds of projects do the Project Grants fund?

Projects that benefit students at-large may be awarded grant funding. Applicants must demonstrate how their project (individual or group) will benefit the student community in one of two categories: Community Development or Community Impact Projects.

Community Development Projects designed to promote professional student practitioners and foster community development may qualify for funding from this category. Community Development Project funding is meant to alleviate some of the financial burden involved with producing a project/event.

Applicants that demonstrate a comprehensive model, or sustainable business plan, for continued operations after the OCAD SU granting period is over will receive a higher score on the granting rubric. We prioritize creating and maintaining an inclusive, positive and sustainable community; applications that demonstrate these priorities will receive higher scores

Community Impact Projects in this case, Community Impact describes a project that has been put into practice for the benefit of the OCAD U Community. C.I. Projects are not designed to become businesses or events, instead they provide a continuing and sustainable benefit to the OCAD U campus and community at-large.

Funding will not be granted to projects related to OCAD University’s academic plan or curriculum, including thesis exhibitions and/or publications or personal travel costs. It is not the responsibility of the Student Union to fund selective academic work. This is a conversation you can have with your department about necessary funds and resources integral for your success. Funding will also not be allocated for items remaining in sole property of an individual, or alcohol.

OCAD SU Grant Timeline

  • Wednesday October 25th 3:15-5:30, SU Office Project Grant info Session and Grant Writing Workshop in collaboration with Xpace. Folks will be available till 6pm to help with writing
  • Fri November 17th, 2017 at 4pm  Deadline to submit Grant Proposals Online.
  • The week of November 20th, 2017 Grants Committee meets to review and allocate funds for successful proposals.
  • The Grants Committee will make all final decisions by Thursday, November 30th, 2017.
  • All grant applicants will be contacted over the first two weeks of December to receive information about the final status of their grant application.
  • A Mandatory Grants Disbursement Meeting will happen the week of January 15th. Contracts and funds will be made available for successful Grant applicants after the Mandatory Grants Disbursement Meeting.
  • Monday June 18, 2018 4pm Final Date to to submit complete Grants Package. All applicants must submit all completed forms and receipts on or before this date. Applicants are encouraged to bring in all final documents as soon as their project is complete. All forms and receipts are due by this day, no exceptions, failure to do so will require all funds to be returned back to the SU.

2016/2017 Grant Recipients

Fandom Zine – a project by the OCADU Zine Collective. The goal of the project is to produce a risograph printed zine about the history of zines. The final publication will be available for free at the OCAD Zine Fair in March.

The BA Annual – a publication of critical essays, exhibition reviews, and creative writing on art history and visual culture.

IntraAction 2017 – an evening of live performance & performative art pieces that will be staged at Xpace in May.

Community Engagements – a screening and talk about the housing crisis in Toronto.

Freeform Interaction – a two part workshop series based on cross disciplinary collaboration at OCAD.

OCF Waffle Night – the project grant will fund two waffle night events and aims to feed 300-500 students.

Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CGSD) – a pilot program to support, provide resources to, and create a physical space for LGBTQ+ students at OCAD.

grOCAD – The grant is to support for their ongoing  projects including the community garden and maintenance of the Learning Zone Window Farm and Aquafarm.

Non-Fiction Lab – a series of film screenings and artist talks of non-fiction media art at OCAD.

Augmented Cinema Film Festival – a night of film screenings showcasing film, video and animation work of students at the Royal Cinema in April.

Black Creators Month 2017 – a conference and exhibition on Black Canadian art and design by the Black Students Association to be held in February.

Black Entrepreneurship Initiative – an event that connects BIPOC students with entrepreneurs, professionals and small businesses to provide them with tools and resources to help develop their careers.

2. Equity Seed Fund

This initiative is in it’s second year brought forward this by Khadija Aziz, our Director of Diversity & Equity. This Funding program will provide equity training and leadership opportunities to OCAD U’s Diverse students. For the purpose of this project, “Diversity” will be defined as: persons who self-identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ2S+, and/or immigrant/refugee and/or persons with mental and/or physical disabilities. Participating students will attend workshops and receive mentorship to raise awareness to issues of, and/or celebrate diversity and equity at OCAD U. Three accepted proposals will each receive a funding of $700 to execute their project.

For more information contact Khadija at

3. OCAD Student Union Emergency Grocery Funds

The Student Union has some limited funds for Students who are in need. We have grocery gift cards in the amounts of $10 and $25 to give out to students based on need.  Any student who has specific emergency grocery needs that cannot be met at our food bank can come into the Student Union Office to speak with either the SU General Manager or the Student Advocate to ask for an emergency grocery card. Assessment is made in an informal way on an as needed basis. We cannot guarantee any set amount or that folks can request these funds more than once per year.

For more information please contact Joanna,



Funds available to students from other OCAD University departmetns

The Big Ideas Fund

The OCAD U $1,500 Big Ideas Fund is a micro-grant initiative by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) and its Student Advisory Committee. This initiative encourages OCAD U’s creative thinkers, artists and designers to identify social justice and equity issues that impact our community and to take action through innovative ideas. – See more here

The Career Launcher Fund

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) is excited to announce the very first Career Launcher Fund for graduating students. Emerging artists and designers are invited to apply for funds that will support activities relating to their early career success as they transition out of school. Proposed expenses could include anything that would be important to advancing an individual’s career success. Special attention will be given to proposals that take into consideration the numerous privileges and access that end once students leave school, such as facilities, community, and mentorship. Minium request $100, Max $500. For more information contact Miles Collier,

The Financial Aid & Awards Office

FF&A advises students, provides referrals to the appropriate financial assistance programs and assists with securing the resources required to meet post-secondary education costs. – See more here

Student Bursaries

Bursaries are non-repayable awards given primarily on the basis of financial need. Bursaries are intended to supplement, not replace, other sources of funding that students may have for their studies. Bursaries can range in value depending on the amount of funds available, number of students who apply, and the student’s’ financial need.

Students may apply for and receive bursaries through more than one program, and students are encouraged to apply to all bursary programs for which they are eligible. Funds are limited through all bursary programs, so not all students will receive a bursary through each and every program to which they apply. – See more here

Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships recognize overall academic achievement (combined studio/Liberal Arts & Sciences) on the basis of grades only and encourage further studies. They are given at the first-, second- and third-year levels in the Faculty of Design, Faculty of Art, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. No application required. Scholarships are given as tuition credits prior to the start of the next academic year. – See more at Here

Bursaries for Students with Disabilities

The Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) provides aid to students self-identifying as having either permanent or temporary disabilities. This bursary assists with the costs of disability-related services or equipment, such as tutors, note-takers, interpreters, braillers or technical aids that are required to participate in post-secondary studies. Visit the CSD to see what accommodations are available for you through their programming. – See more at Here


If you know of other funding available to students on campus please contact Nicholas,, to have them added to this page