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Student Life Enhancement Fund

Do you have a non-academic initiative that you intend to participate in or provide to University of Guelph students – one that will enrich the student experience? Are you in need of funds to bring your initiative, project, or event to life? Apply to the Student Life Enhancement Fund (SLEF) and University of Guelph Alumni Association (UGAA) Student Experience Fund!  

Approximately $100,000 is available through SLEF and the UGAA for the Fall and Winter allocation cycles for applications meeting the criteria. 

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Who can apply?

Recognized University of Guelph student organizations and clubs, registered students, and University departments are eligible.

What are the purposes of these two Funds?

The Student Life Enhancement Fund (SLEF) was established to support non-academic initiatives that enrich the student experience. 

In 2021, the University of Guelph Alumni Association (UGAA) established the UGAA Student Experience Fund to support student engagement. This fund is intended to nurture a culture of volunteerism, diversity, inclusivity, and civic engagement among the student body. 
Your application will automatically be submitted to both the Student Life Enhancement Fund (SLEF) and the UGAA Student Experience Fund. Both Funds follow the same timeline and use the same review committee for all applications.

Application Timelines 

There are two opportunities to apply to the SLEF/UGAA Student Experience Fund for the 2023-2024 academic year: 

Fall 2023 
  • Applications open: Friday, September 8, 2023
  • Application deadline: Friday, September 29, 2023, 9:00 a.m. 
  • Applicants notified approximately: week of October 30, 2023
  • Funds disbursed: As soon as possible in the week(s) to follow 
Winter 2024 
  • Applications open: Friday, December 15, 2023
  • Application deadline: Friday, January 19, 2024, 9:00 a.m.
  • Applicants notified approximately: week of March 4, 2024
  • Funds Disbursed: As soon as possible in the week(s) to follow 

We recommend applying in the Fall 2023 for any initiatives taking place throughout Fall 2023, Winter 2024 and Summer 2024.

Questions? Explore the tabs below and if you need further assistance, reach out to the Program Assistant, Student Experience via