How to apply to the Community Investment Program

Thank you for your interest in CIRA's Community Investment Program. The 2019 application period for the Community Investment Program is now closed.

Key Dates

  • January 15, 2019

    Application period opens

  • February 28, 2019

    Application period closes

  • May 2019

    Applicants informed of application outcome

Who is Eligible?

  • Organizations recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as registered charities

  • Not-for-profit organizations

  • Academics and researchers affiliated with a Canadian university or College

Funding Areas & Restrictions

Funding areas:
types of projects we fund

  • Infrastructure: Developing connectivity services for regional, rural, remote and/or underserved communities
  • Access: Providing individuals and communities with the ability to connect to the internet
  • Digital Literacy: Enhancing Canadians’ knowledge and skills to use the internet effectively and safely
  • Engagement: Research and knowledge-sharing activities that broaden public understanding and participation in internet policy development, governance and cybersecurity
  • Services: Building online apps and platforms that address social, economic and/or environmental needs

Funding restrictions:
what we will not fund

  • Projects solely focusing on website development and design
  • Training proposals that provide generic IT training
  • Applications seeking IT equipment for general purpose training programs
  • Requests for sponsorship
  • General fundraising appeals
  • Ongoing core operations (e.g., permanent staff salaries, administrative functions such as firewalls and intranets, etc.)
  • Retrospective costs
  • Marketing or research associated with marketing activities
  • Projects whose main focus is outside of Canada

Grants are available up to $100,000. In addition, one grant will be available up to $250,000.

See the Application Guidelines for more information on eligibility, funding areas and examples of past projects, and detailed advice for filling in the online application form.