The Canadian Internet Registry Authority (CIRA) has announced the opening of grant applications for Canadian not-for-profits, charities, and academic institutions with innovative Internet projects in need of funding.
The annual Community Investment Program application period is now open, with $1.25 million available. Applicants have until 2 p.m. EST on February 28, 2019 to submit their application online.
“As part of CIRA’s commitment to build a better online Canada, we’re proud to support Canadian organizations, often on the frontlines of internet and digital innovation, as they enhance internet infrastructure, help more Canadians get online and grow digital literacy across the country,” said David Fowler, CIRA’s vice president of marketing and communications. “I encourage all eligible Canadian organizations with an innovative Internet project in need of funding to apply during the application period.”
According to a report CIRA released last June, areas in most need include investments to extend Canadian Internet infrastructure, particularly in connecting rural, remote and Indigenous communities; to get more Canadians online, especially marginalized or vulnerable individuals; and to build digital literacy among all Canadians to use the Internet safely and securely.
Grants are available up to $100,000 and one grant will be available up to $250,000. Interested companies can consult the CIRA Application Guidelines for more details on funding and how to apply.