This year’s granting program is open to all Canadians, but preference will be given to internet-related projects that benefit students as well as rural, northern, and Indigenous communities.
OTTAWA, January 15, 2020 – The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is announcing the opening of its annual $1+ million Community Investment Program granting initiative for 2020. Beginning today, not-for-profits, charities, and researchers are invited to apply for funding that will improve the health and quality of Canada’s internet. Applicants have until Feb. 25, 2020 at 2 p.m. EST to submit their application online.
The Community Investment Program focuses on internet-related projects in Canada and awards grants of up to $100,000, including one grant of up to $250,000. To ensure support for digital projects in underserved areas and communities, this year’s granting cycle will give preference to initiatives that benefit students and rural, northern and Indigenous communities. CIRA is looking for projects in these four areas:
- Infrastructure research or projects that improve internet speed, access, and costs.
- Digital literacy tools, research, and training programs to develop digital skills.
- Cybersecurity projects or research that promote users’ safety online.
- Community leadership initiatives including events or research that engage Canadians in domestic internet policy issues.
Since 2014, CIRA’s Community Investment Program grants have provided $6.7 million in funding for 151 projects across Canada. To learn more about the program, funding categories, and projects that CIRA has supported in the past, head to stg.cira.ca/grants.