Ian Orchard Student Initiatives Fund

Ian Orchard

Established in 2010 in honour of his service to the University of Toronto Mississauga as vice-president and principal (2002-2010), the Ian Orchard Student Initiatives Fund supports university recognized student groups who have inspiring and engaging projects or events that enhance the student experience and foster a sense of campus community.  

Why Apply?

This funding is available for groups who want to run an initiative which may be enhance the student experience. Examples of winning submissions include special initiatives such as festivals celebrating the arts and student talent; academic initiatives such as case competitions; service learning initiatives such as Alternative Spring Break; diversity initiatives and community development projects. Specific award criteria and guidelines are detailed on the application form. 


Who Can Apply?

This funding is available to groups who are:

  • Recognized by the University of Toronto Mississauga, or affiliated with an academic department or administrative unit.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Events held on campus will be given preference.

2. Applicant groups must consist of full or part-time U of T Mississauga students and must also be a Ulife student group.

3. Events and activities must be inclusive and demonstrate wide-reaching impact on the U of T Mississauga community.

4. Funding applications should only reflect programming and/or events for the current academic year.

5. Applicants should be clear on their event/activity objective, and how it aligns with enhancing the student experience, fostering a sense of community and strengthening the reputation of U of T Mississauga.

6. A budget (including estimated expenses) must be completed within the application form.

7. Successful applicants must be prepared to submit a summary to the Centre for Student Engagement at the conclusion of their event. Groups that do not submit a summary report will negatively affect subsequent requests for funding. 




Applications Open 

To Apply:

1. Complete this form with the required information (APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED)

2. Wait for an email from the Centre for Student Engagement with details about the status of your application.

3. If approved, you will be asked to visit the Centre for Student Engagement to pick-up the cheque.

4. A Funding Reflection form must be completed no later than 14 days after your event/project, along with original receipts.


Past Winners

2019/2020 recipients:

Creatives for a Change; IMI Business Association; UTM Global Brigades; Students for a Free Tibet; UTM Vietnamese Association; UTM Rotaract; Erindale Biology; Undergraduate Commerce Society.


2017 recipients:

DECA UTM; UTM Islamic Relief; Middle Eastern Students Association; UTM Boxing Club; UTM Muslim Students Association - "Outside the Box"; Undergraduate Commerce Society - "Ready, Set, Market"; Undergraduate Commerce Society - "IMI Finance Competition".

2016 recipients:

Because I Am A Girl; Business Consulting Association; Caribbean Connections; Choose Humanity; Concurrent Teacher Education Society; DECA UTM; Erindale Biology Society; Helping Hands; Italian Club of Erindale; Musical Theatre Club; Partners in Health; Scribes; Student Management Association; Style and Profyle; Undergraduate Commerce Society.

2015 recipients:

ArtsFest; Because I Am A Girl; Business Consulting Association; Community Action Projects; Community Engagement; Community Innovation Projects; ECSpeRT; Erindale Chemical and Physical Sciences Society; Global Experience Ambassador; Hindu Student Council; ICCIT Council; Psychology Association of Undergraduate Students Erindale; Student Association for Geography and Environment; Student Life; Student Management Association; Women in Medicine (UTM); Undergraduate Commerce Society; University of Toronto Biotech Investment Club; UTM Concurrent Teaching Education Society.

2014 recipients:

Debating Club at U of T Mississauga, Digital Enterprise Management Society, Hindu Student Council, ICCIT Council, Out@UTM, Psychology Association of Undergraduate Students at Erindale, Student Housing and Residence Life, Undergraduate Economics Council, Undergraduate Commerce Society, and UTMSU Pride Week.