Making The Future Fund

The Ryerson Leadership Lab’s Making the Future Fund helps enable Ryerson students to pursue change to collective challenges in a meaningful way. Successful applicants will receive up to $10,000 to support to pursue the change that their project is designed to accomplish.

There is no one definition for the type of change required to receive funding; all applications will be considered, so long as applicants can demonstrate both a need for collective change and the type of leadership required to make the change lasting and meaningful. Preference will be given to projects that approach collective challenges where the development of leadership and/or advocacy skills are needed, projects that require reaching across difference to include new voices, and projects that contribute to increasing trust and connection to public institutions.

There are two parts to the application process: First, students interested in being considered for funding will need to fill out the application below. Afterwards, selected applicants will be asked to pitch their projects to a review committee.

Applicants are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in funding for each project. The final amount distributed will be decided by the review committee taking into consideration the need of each project, budget outlined and its contribution to pursuing collective change. Funds can cover the costs of materials/supplies, printing/production, communication/promotion, space rentals, food and drink (no alcohol), transportation, speaking fees, wages of project leads or facilitators, and other relevant project needs and services.


Step 1: Online Application

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must include at least two Ryerson students who are currently registered, or have graduated from Ryerson within the last six months (full- or part-time, undergraduate or graduate);

  • Must be designed to pursue change primarily outside the boundaries of the Ryerson campus;

  • Must be able to show a need for funding support; and

  • Complete application is received by March 15th, 2019.


Step 2: In Person Pitch (Details to be sent out to selected projects)

The selected candidates will have the opportunity to present their project idea to the review committee.
Time allotted: 10 minutes for project presentation, 5 minutes for questions from the committee

Project applicants are expected to present:

  • A thorough description of the collective change that they would like to see accomplished and reasoning why this change is needed

  • An outline and time-frame for how this project expects to meet its goals

  • A simple budget explaining how the funding will be used

  • All other information presented is up to the discretion of the applicants