** Please note that SFPIRG’s grants scheme is currently under review and we will be announcing changes as soon as they come into effect. We will no longer be accepting applications under the current scheme. Due to staff turnover and organizational capacity, this process is taking longer than previously anticipated, and we apologize for any inconvenience. Please stay tuned for updates. The Usamah Ansari Creative Justice Award will continue to be awarded. **

One way that SFPIRG aims to fulfill our mandate is by making funds available to be granted to individuals or organizations engaged in local, grassroots social and environmental justice work. There are three categories of grants available each semester: small grants (up to $500), large grants (up to $1,000), and conference and workshop grants (up to $200). In addition, $500 is set aside for the annual Usamah Ansari Creative Justice Award.


Types of Grants

Large Grants {$500-$1000}

Groups applying for large donations must have a bank account in the organization’s name. Group must have previous experience organizing events or campaigns.

Small Grants {up to $500}

This fund is available to groups with little organizing experience as well as established groups. It can be used for small campaigns, one-time events, art projects, publications, and other forms of social justice organizing.

Conferences & Workshops Fund {$100}

Funding is available for SFU students attending social and environmental justice conferences and/or workshops.

Usamah Ansari Creative Justice Award {$500}

Usamah AnsariIn memory of SFPIRG volunteer Usamah Ansari, this annual award supports creative social justice work including art, poetry, music and writing. Individuals or groups can apply. Priority is given to communities of colour, refugees and youth. Application deadline is April 6th, the anniversary of Usamah’s birthday.

“Usamah was involved with SFPIRG for about 2 years while doing his undergrad at SFU. He worked on Antithesis – an alternative magazine published by SFPIRG…Usamah was intimidatingly bright. I certainly couldn’t keep up with him. And he was very funny, which helped when working into the wee hours of the night. We miss him very much. We at SFPIRG wanted to somehow commemorate his passion for social justice and the arts – the passion he brought to his work at SFPIRG and beyond – and have a legacy that could carry his spark forward. We created the Usamah Ansari award so that he will continue to inspire and support communities and art and so that years down the road, his memory will still be honoured.” (Krisztina Kun, Former SFPIRG Staff Member)

Applicants are encouraged to read some of Usamah’s work, to help understand some of his spirit, and the nature of his work.

Barbaric Brown Men and Civilized White Ladies


Wounded Sentiments



Below are the forms that you will require for applying for grants.

Info & Criteria

Small & Large Grant Application Form

Usamah Ansari Creative Justice Award Application Form

Conference & Workshop Grant Application Form

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