Call for Proposals – Access Programs University Fund (PDAD&C #34)

From: Sandy Welsh, Vice-Provost, Students
Ann Lopez, Provostial Advisor on Access Programs
Date: November 15, 2018
Re: Call for Proposals – Access Programs University Fund (PDAD&C #34)

We are delighted to launch the call for proposals for the new Access Programs University Fund (APUF) – espousing the University’s values of access and equity and the President’s three priorities.

Fund Overview

The University of Toronto has a long-standing commitment to outreach and access – currently there are over 30 access programs across the institution. The University is committed to ensuring that students from communities that are underrepresented in universities see and experience U of T as a place where they belong and can thrive. The purpose of this fund is to provide financial resources to help local units develop new and enhance existing programs dedicated to providing opportunities and support for students who, without intervention, would not access or succeed in post-secondary education.

Funding Streams

The Access Programs University Fund (APUF) supports two levels of grant activities:

  • Seed ($5,000-$25,000)
  • Expand/Sustain/Build ($15,000-$100,000)

This two-tiered system is intended to provide opportunities for creating outreach opportunities and pathways to post-secondary education for underrepresented groups by either developing new projects or scaling existing projects. Grants in both tiers are provided for a maximum of 2 years.


The 2018-19 Call for Proposals is now available on the Office of the Vice-President & Provost’s website. Applications for the two streams will be accepted as follows:

  • Seed Grants will be accepted on a rolling basis;
  • Expand/Sustain/Build Grants will be accepted until January 11, 2019.

Questions about APUF can be directed to:

Office of the Vice-Provost, Students