Small Grants Program

The School of Cities’ Small Grants Program supports knowledge mobilization and translation, public policy engagement, curricular innovations, and other activities that address urban issues and contribute to efforts that make cities more sustainable, prosperous, inclusive and just. Examples include, but are not limited to, public engagement events and initiatives, community-informed interventions, conferences and symposia, art practice and creative pedagogies, and teaching & learning activities.  




The School aims to reflect the diversity of people and communities of the local urban region. It is especially committed to the active participation of under-represented and equity-deserving groups, Indigenous, Black, immigrant, racialized, LGBTQ2S+ people and people with disabilities

The School reflects a global sense of urbanism, with attention to the interplay between local and global contexts and the relationships and networks that shape a sense of place. Locally, its scope includes the cities and metropolitan areas that comprise the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The School’s core values will inform its partnerships. It seeks meaningful collaborations with its partners, recognizing that communities and their members are not sites or objects of research, but actors, co-creators, and collaborators in knowledge-making projects. 

This year, the School of Cities is focusing on the topic of climate and justice in cities. Thus, we particularly welcome projects addressing the intersection of urban vulnerability and climate change and adaptation



Criteria & Eligibility


Maximum of $2,500 per initiative, with the majority of awards ranging from $1,000-$1,500; 

Individual faculty and staff members, and recognized UofT student groups, are eligible to apply; 

For students, a University of Toronto department, program, recognized student group, faculty member or other formal university organization must also be a co-sponsor (can be non-budgetary); 

The initiative must focus on knowledge mobilization and translation, public policy engagement, curricular innovations and activities that address urban issues; 

Eligible expenses: research assistance, graphic design, writing, hosting/technology expenses, room rental, catering, event promotion, travel expenses, honorariums for guest speakers, field trips. Other expenses to be approved on a case-by-case basis; 

Priority given to initiatives that are public, accessible and/or free of charge; 

Funds can be accessed a maximum of once per year by each applicant or initiative; 

Funds must be spent within 6 months of the grant award; 

Funds must be disbursed to U of T financial accounts (via direct transfer) or recognized U of T student group bank accounts (via cheque), only. 



Expectations of Recipients 


Acknowledgement of School of Cities support on digital and/or print media;   

Following the conclusion of your initiative, provide a 300-word post-event narrative and summary of outcomes and engagement data – a report template will be provided. 


Application Process  


Applications will be bundled and assessed in the first week of each month, and decisions will be announced by the second week of each month; 

All successful initiatives receiving funding and/or support will be promoted by the School of Cities; 

Please fill out the form below to apply for SofC Small Grant Funds (opens in a new window):


Non-budgetary Requests  


Partner with the School of Cities to have your event/initiative promoted on the School of Cities website and through the School's social media and other communications only (no financial support).