The Canadian Internet Registration Authority, through this grant program, will make strategic investments in Internet-related community projects consistent with CIRA’s Strategic Plan. In addition, the projects selected will need to demonstrate their ability to support one of the fundamental tenets of the organization, which is to develop, carry out and/or support any other Internet-related activities in Canada.


Innovative projects that support the development and/or enhancement of the Internet for the benefit of all Canadians will be viewed favourably. Some examples of Internet-related projects that may be considered for funding include:

  1. Community access to the Internet, Internet tools, and devices;
  2. Online services for vulnerable or disadvantaged groups; (these online services must create efficiencies);
  3. Digital literacy and/or web safety;
  4. Infrastructure and Internet security; (infrastructure must bring new or improved Internet services to regional, rural and remote communities);
  5. Research focused on technological aspects of the Internet;
  6. Knowledge-sharing activities that lead to more effective Internet governance;
  7. Increase public participation in policy making and political processes; and
  8. Address social, economic and/or environmental needs.


The Community Investment Program is open to:

  • Organizations recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as registered charities
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Academics and researchers affiliated with a Canadian university

Applicants must demonstrate fiscal responsibility and a solid track record of past success. Organizations must be based in Canada and projects, while they can have a broader impact, must be of benefit to Canadians.

We will accept only one application at a time from an organization, either alone or as part of a partnership. There are no limits for academic institutions; however, the lead researcher(s) may submit only one application at a time.

If you have already received a grant from CIRA’s Community Investment Program, you or your organization can re-apply for the next round of funding. However, your project will only be considered if the final report from your last funded project has been received. Your new application can be for a new project or an extension of the original project, but it cannot be used to complete the original project if you did not achieve your objectives with the first grant.

If you are unsure if you are eligible, please contact


  • Maximum amount: typical grant will be approximately $25,000 – $50,000 (maximum $100,000)

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Full Application:
Internal Deadline for Review Please contact your Research Facilitator.
cuResearch Checklist Deadline February 21, 2018
Full application submission to sponsor February 28, 2018 4 p.m. ET

Submitting Your Application

  • Applications must be submitted via cuResearch, through which Departmental and Associate Dean’s approval must be provided to complete the online application process.
  • More information on cuResearch can be found here.

Internal Contacts

If you would like assistance with proposal development and/or a substantive review of your proposal, please contact the appropriate Research Facilitator.