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.

Types of Funding


Students can request up to $500 through the SFPIRG Board of Directors for one-time events, small campaigns, special projects, or other forms of social justice organising. This request can be submitted by organisations or individuals and is available to groups with little organizing experience as well as established groups.

SFPIRG will not fund:
● Individuals fundraising for student or work exchanges
● Masters and phD research at the University
● Groups or projects that contravene SFPIRG’s values and mandates
● Groups fundraising to donate to other groups or causes (we prefer to donate directly)

Requests for donations can be sent to info@sfpirg,ca

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. The next round of funding will be open in the spring of 2024. Make sure to apply early!

“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

Projects that have received funding through this grant include:

  • All Crows Are Beautiful Zine (Defund 604 Network)
  • Policing Indigenous Sovereignty (SFU Student documentary)


Here is the 2023 Usamah Ansari Creative Justice Application Form. Please fill out this form as a Word Document, using as much space as necessary to answer each question, and submit by email as a Word Document to before 4pm on April 6th.