PEI

Student union puts up cash to improve campus life

The UPEI Student Union is looking for ideas to make campus life better, and is willing to pay cash for them.

Got an idea? Ask for a micro-grant.

One idea for a micro-grant is to install a communal piano at UPEI for students to play. (Kevin Yarr/CBC)

The UPEI Student Union is looking for ideas to make campus life better, and is willing to pay cash for them.

Students are really passionate about ideas and projects.- Nathan Hood

Student Union president Nathan Hood got the idea for the program from the University of Calgary, where students can apply for grants of up to $100,000 to do things like make the campus more accessible.

Hood is looking at much smaller scale projects to start, with grants of up to $250.

"Students are really passionate about ideas and projects, and I find one of the biggest barriers in supporting those ideas and projects is they don't have the financial backing," he said.

"It really empowers the students to make the change."

Hood has heard some ideas he believes would work well, such as setting up a bike repair station on campus, or having a communal piano that students could play.

The program is taking applications this month and the first grants will be handed out in November.

With files from Island Morning