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Please refer to the Application Guidelines when filling out this application.

  • We encourage you to be concise and use plain language. To assist you, we have set word limits for each section.
  • The proposal and budget request should be accurate, brief and clear, keeping in mind that members of the Community Investment Committee will have varying degrees of familiarity with the work of your organization.
  • Grants are available up to $100,000. In addition, one grant will be available up to $250,000.

SECTION 1: ORGANIZATION PROFILE

Name of Organization / Institution

This is the organization that will receive the funds and be responsible for the project. If you are applying from a university or college, please include the name of your department.

Organization Type: 

Registered charity
Research Institution
Not-for-profit organization (not registered as a charity)

Your organization must fit into one of these categories. If you have further questions regarding eligibility, please contact cip@cira.ca.

Which funding area best describes your Internet project? (choose one)

Please note that we do not support projects solely focusing on website development and design.

Infrastructure
Access
Digital Literacy
Engagement
Services

Incorporation or charitable registration number

Year of incorporation or registration

Mailing Address

  • Address
  • City
  • Province
  • Postal Code

Website Address

Contact Person Name for this grant

This is the lead person who will be most familiar with the project and who is best positioned to answer questions about the project. This is the person who will receive various communications related to the application and selection results.

  • Title
  • Relationship to the Organization
  • Email
  • Telephone 
  • Extension

Organization’s Annual Operating Budget (not necessary for Universities and Colleges) $

Fiscal Year End

Have you applied for a CIP grant before?

yes
no

Have you received a CIP grant before?

yes
no

(If yes) Have you submitted your final report yet?

yes
no

Applicants who click no will not be permitted to continue


SECTION 2: PROJECT SUMMARY

Title of proposal

Briefly describe your organization including such information as your mission, mandate and purpose. (limit 100 words)

Project Summary (limit 200 words)

Please make sure your response addresses the following:

  • Summarise your project by describing the problem it is intended to solve and how you will accomplish it.
  • Clearly demonstrate how it is filling a digital gap for Canadians and the results you expect upon completion.  
  • If this is part of a larger project, be specific about the portion for which you are requesting funding.

Who will benefit and how (limit 100 words)

Describe who will benefit from your initiative, and in what ways - including reference to anticipated number, geographic location and any other notable characteristics. 

Please summarize your initiative in one or two concise sentence(s). (50-60 words)

Your response should include reference to how it will help build a better online Canada. This plain language summary will be available to the public if your proposal is approved.

What sets you apart from others doing this kind of work? (limit 100 words)

Describe how you are uniquely qualified to conduct this work, based on your background and experience.

Start date

When you anticipate beginning your project. This date should not precede the grant approval date, expected during May 2019.

End date

When you anticipate your project to be completed. A final report on the project will be due three months from this date.


SECTION 3: BUDGET

Amount requested $

Should be the same amount as what you show as a source of revenue from CIRA on the budget sheet.

Total Initiative Budget $

The total cost of the project. Should be the same as the total revenue and total expenses on the budget sheet. 

When the budget amount requested differs from the total, please identify additional sources of funding and state whether the amount(s) is/ are confirmed or contingent upon receiving funding. (limit 100 words)

Are there partnerships and/or unique collaborations with other organizations that are involved in the initiative? If so, what is the scope and nature of these collaborations? (limit 100 words)

If you received 25% less funding than requested, what impact would that have on your project? (limit 100 words)

Please describe how the scope of your project might change.


SECTION 4: ALIGNMENT

How does your project align with the overall aim of CIRA’s Community Investment Program?

CIRA’s Community Investment Program aims to build a better online Canada by funding innovative internet-related projects that contribute to a stronger, safer and more accessible Canadian internet.

In your response, please show how your project aligns with this aim, giving specific reference to the funding area you are applying for.


SECTION 5: ACTIVITIES & OUTPUTS

Please outline specific key activities for the initiative. Briefly list some of the primary activities, events or milestones of the initiative, along with the outputs you will produce during the grant period. Be realistic about what you can accomplish as you will be required to report on all key activities. Include estimated start and end dates for each.

In reading this section, the Committee should get a clear picture of how you will get the work done. List your key activities, events or milestones. You may add a few details under each of these. You should not exceed 5-7 key activities.  Limit 250 words.

Example Activity:
1. Curriculum Development: Start 06/15/2019 – End 09/15/2019

  • Undertake community needs assessment 
  • Establish enrollment requirements or prerequisites for potential participants
  • Determine and set the priorities for 5 workshops      
  • Develop course curriculum and create orientation pamphlet
  • Prepare a management plan for coordinators, volunteers and participants

Output: Training implementation plan


SECTION 6: OUTCOMES & IMPACT

OUTCOMES:

1. For infrastructure projects:

  • By the time the initiative is complete, what deliverables, outputs and outcomes will you have achieved?
  • How will you measure your outcomes both qualitatively and quantitatively?
  • How many Canadians will benefit from the project? What is the geographic reach?

Limit 300 words.

Be specific and as realistic as possible as you will be asked to report on your success in achieving these results. How will you know you’ve accomplished what you wanted to? Outcomes are often shown in terms of performance indicators. Identify things that will show you are achieving the results you are planning. How will this affect people, processes and services? For more information, visit the Project Planning tool and Measuring Results tip sheet.

IMPACT:

  • What longer-term impact do you expect from this project?
  • How will this project advance the Internet’s infrastructure in Canada?

Limit 100 words.

a) For research institution applications:
How will your project advance your field of work and the Internet in Canada? (limit 100 words)

OUTCOMES:

2. For access projects:

  • By the time the initiative is complete, what deliverables, outputs and outcomes will you have achieved?
  • How will you measure your outcomes both qualitatively and quantitatively?
  • How many Canadians will benefit from the project? What is the geographic reach?

Limit 300 words.

Be specific and as realistic as possible as you will be asked to report on your success in achieving these results. How will you know you’ve accomplished what you wanted to? Outcomes are often shown in terms of performance indicators. Identify things that will show you are achieving the results you are planning. How will this affect people, processes and services? For more information, visit the Project Planning tool and Measuring Results tip sheet.

IMPACT:

  • What longer-term impact do you expect from this project?
  • How will this project advance Internet access in Canada?

Limit 100 words.

a) For research institution applications:
How will your project advance your field of work and the Internet in Canada? (limit 100 words)

OUTCOMES:

3. For digital literacy projects:

  • By the time the initiative is complete, what deliverables, outputs and outcomes will you have achieved?
  • How will you measure your outcomes both qualitatively and quantitatively?
  • How many Canadians will benefit from the project? What is the geographic reach?

Limit 300 words.

Be specific and as realistic as possible as you will be asked to report on your success in achieving these results. How will you know you’ve accomplished what you wanted to? Outcomes are often shown in terms of performance indicators. Identify things that will show you are achieving the results you are planning. How will this affect people, processes and services? For more information, visit the Project Planning tool and Measuring Results tip sheet.

IMPACT:

  • What longer-term impact do you expect from this project?
  • How will this project help the communities you are trying to reach?

Limit 100 words.

a) For research institution applications:
How will your project advance your field of work and the Internet in Canada? (limit 100 words)

OUTCOMES:

4. For engagement projects:

  • By the time the initiative is complete, what deliverables, outputs and outcomes will you have achieved?
  • How will you measure your outcomes both qualitatively and quantitatively?
  • How many Canadians will benefit from the project? What is the geographic reach?

Limit 300 words.

Be specific and as realistic as possible as you will be asked to report on your success in achieving these results. How will you know you’ve accomplished what you wanted to? Outcomes are often shown in terms of performance indicators. Identify things that will show you are achieving the results you are planning. How will this affect people, processes and services? For more information, visit the Project Planning tool and Measuring Results tip sheet.

IMPACT:

  • What longer-term impact do you expect from this project?
  • How will this project facilitate public understanding and engagement in Internet policy development, governance and/or cybersecurity issues in Canada?

Limit 100 words.

a) For research institution applications:
How will your project advance your field of work and the Internet in Canada? (limit 100 words)

OUTCOMES:

5. For services projects:

  • By the time the initiative is complete, what deliverables, outputs and outcomes will you have achieved?
  • Why do these services need to migrate online?
  • How will you measure your outcomes both qualitatively and quantitatively?
  • How many Canadians will benefit from the project? What is the geographic reach?

Limit 300 words.

Be specific and as realistic as possible as you will be asked to report on your success in achieving these results. How will you know you’ve accomplished what you wanted to? Outcomes are often shown in terms of performance indicators. Identify things that will show you are achieving the results you are planning. How will this affect people, processes and services? For more information, visit the Project Planning tool and Measuring Results tip sheet.

IMPACT:

  • What longer-term impact do you expect from this project?
  • How will this project help the communities you are trying to reach?

Limit 100 words.

a) For research institution applications:
How will your project advance your field of work and the Internet in Canada? (limit 100 words)


SECTION 7: OVERSIGHT & ENGAGEMENT

In this section you will show that you are engaging the right people and skill sets for your project. It also gives you an opportunity to show how you are engaging citizens, volunteers and others in your project.

1. Who in your organization is responsible for the direct oversight of this initiative? What are their qualifications for managing this kind of work? (limit 100 words)

2. Give examples of projects of a similar scale to this request that your organization has managed in the past.

3. Will you engage external personnel or others (e.g., volunteers, consultants, designers, other researchers, faculty or students) in this initiative? If so, what skills or qualifications will they require? (limit 100 words)


SECTION 8: SUSTAINABILITY

1. Beyond this grant, how will you sustain and build upon what you achieved? How will you financially sustain it? (limit 150 words)

2. How will implementing this initiative strengthen your organization’s ability to achieve its mission? (limit 150 words)


SECTION 9: RECOGNITION

If this grant application is approved for funding, how will you recognize CIRA's Community Investment Program? (limit 150 words)

Simple forms include the use of our logo on your website and in any published materials about your project, mentions in media relations, social media and events. Further guidance on this will be provided in your agreement.


SECTION 10: GRANT OPPORTUNITY AWARENESS

How did you hear about CIRA’s Community Investment Program: (select all that apply)

A colleague or friend
Another applicant
CIRA staff member or Community Investment Committee member
Email from CIRA
Charity Village
Imagine Canada
Email from third party − third party ______________________
Media article − name of publication ______________________
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Internet research − search term ______________________
Other, please describe ______________________


Detailed Budget

Please complete the Excel budget template attachment found in the online application system. List all revenue sources for the initiative as well as all expenses. Total expenses must equal total revenue.

Provide budget notes within the budget sheet to help explain the costs, for example: program coordinator salary ($5,000 = 200 hours over 20 weeks X $25/hr.). Include any in-kind support costs you are able to contribute to the project. All expenses should be reasonable and in line with acceptable costs in this sector. Get quotes for any items or services to be purchased, and while you do not have to provide these when you submit your application, we may ask for them at a later date.

Also, the financial request should be proportionate to the size and capacity of your organization.


This application was authorized by:

Name

Title (i.e. Executive Director/ President/Chair, Board of Directors)

Signature

Signature will be taken electronically.

By checking the following boxes, I declare the following:

I am authorized to approve this application for funding and its associated budget.

I have reviewed the contents of the application and provided my approval.