Funder’s website

The funder’s website can be found HERE.

Funding Value and Duration

Up to $100,000 for 1 year.


CIRA’s grants fund community-led internet projects to build a resilient, trusted and secure internet for all Canadians. Since 2014, CIRA has provided $10.45 million in funding for 201 projects across Canada.

In 2023, CIRA is especially looking for initiatives that benefit:

  • Northern, rural and Indigenous communities
  • Students (kindergarten to grade 12 and post-secondary)

What does the CIRA fund?


CIRA aims to increase the number of Canadians who have access to a high-quality and high-performing internet.

Through our Grants, we fund community-led connectivity research, network planning and solutions. Infrastructure solutions that CIRA will consider funding with Grants must be community-led and community-owned, contributing to long-term community development.

Online safety

CIRA is focused on increasing Canadians’ cybersecurity knowledge and safety from threats. We want more Canadians to know how to protect themselves and feel safe online.

Through our Grants, we fund research, educational frameworks, tools, consultations and training programs that increase Canadians’ online safety. Projects that CIRA will consider funding with Grants must focus on preparing Canadians to use the internet safely and confidently, building knowledge and protection against such threats as misinformation, online harms, privacy intrusion and surveillance, harassment, cyberbullying and gender-based violence.

Policy engagement

CIRA engages, supports and strengthens a vibrant and influential internet community domestically and globally. We seek a legislative and policy environment that favors a trusted internet for Canadians.

Through our Grants, we fund events, research and policy ecosystem work that broadens public awareness, understanding and engagement in domestic internet policy and governance.

Eligibility Criteria

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
  • Indigenous communities

Organizations must be based in Canada and projects, while they can have a broader impact, must benefit Canadians.

Please note:

  • 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 apply again. However, your project will only be considered if the final report from your last funded project has been received and reviewed.
  • CIRA do support projects and organizations that do not have a .CA through the Community Investment Program. However, as an organization whose initiative benefits Canadians, .CA will help brand you as Canadian online.

Additional Notes:

  • academic researchers must provide a CV and a letter of employment: HERE
  • letters required from community partners/participants
  • please include 15% for project administrative costs

Internal Contacts

Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss this funding opportunity with their Faculty Research Facilitator.


Applicant webinar on March 7, 2023 at 1PM EST: Link HERE


Faculty Deadline Consult your Faculty Research Facilitator.
OVPRI Deadline (Approval Form and Application) April 5, 2023
Submission to Sponsor April 12, 2023 2:00PM EST

Submitting Your Application

  • Step 1) Submit an internal Carleton Approval Form
    Submit an internal Approval Form through our central awards management database CUResearch:
    For a user’s guide on submitting an Approval Form, click HERE.
  • Step 2) Submit an external application to the granting agency
    Submit an external application to the corresponding grant or award agency. To navigate to the funder’s website, click HERE