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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: 

  • 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:

  • 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.