Residence Education & Leadership Fund


What the REAL Fund?

We recognize that in residence we have some pretty outstanding students who often go above and beyond in being active members of the residence community by helping to foster a positive environment that strives to support, develop and encourage others. We also recognize that coordinating these community events that better our residences, campus and Edmonton community, takes resources.

REAL fund is a grant fund for students in a UAlberta Residence who are interested in organizing programming for the greater residence community.

These programs can include awareness campaigns, skill building workshops, recreational activities, and fundraising events and should aim to achieve at least one of the following:

  • Community building within residence and experiential learning activities
  • Personal growth / Development of individual participants
  • Significant benefit to a community or campus partner

Who can apply?

This application is open to any student or student leader (volunteer, association member) living in a UAlberta residence community.

Students are eligible to receive only one grant per academic year.

Group or joint applications are not accepted. If you are working collaboratively with one or more individuals, please complete separate applications and indicate what role/responsibility each member will take.

What kinds of programs qualify:

Programs that go above and beyond to help better your residence community.

  • “Above and Beyond” is defined as any task or initiatives that go beyond regular expectations as community members or student leaders.

Programs that aim to benefit the larger residence community, or include a significant contribution to a target community (floor, campus partner, City of Edmonton partner, etc).

Significant Contribution is defined as programs that achieve at least one of the following:

  • Provide support or resources to a residence, campus or community partner
  • Help to promote the goals, values and objectives of a residence, campus or community partner to an extended audience
  • Engage an extended audience to interact with a residence, campus or community partner in a new way. Promote and encourage the personal growth of individual participants through leadership, academic or professional development

What kinds of program costs are supported through the fund?

  • Contracted services
  • Venue bookings
  • Material supplies costs
  • Catering costs

How it works:

Complete the application form and submit to Caitlin McLeod, Supervisor Residence Life - Education and Leadership ( at least one month prior to your event.

We recommend being as descriptive as possible in your application and using specific examples of how this program will be positive and impactful for our residence communities.

Your application will be reviewed by a panel of the REAL office and a Residence Coordinator.

Only those awarded a scholarship amount will be contacted.

Scholarship selection criteria includes:

  • Purpose and value of the activity and explanation of benefit to the residence community
  • Applicant’s role in the activity (i.e. participant, coordinator)
  • Quality of the application (i.e. level of detail, persuasive justification and logical explanations)
  • Fiscal responsibility (i.e. effort to minimize overall costs)

Once you have been awarded a scholarship, you will be responsible for attending two meetings with a member of the REAL office - before and after your event.

Please Note: Applications will Re-Open in September 2018, and there is a limited amount of funding available per year through the scholarship fund. The scholarship will be closed once all funding has been distributed for the year.