CIRA's Community Investment Program (CIP) will provide funding to community groups, not-for-profits, and academic institutions for projects they can demonstrate will enhance the Internet for the benefit of all Canadians. In the coming year, CIRA will be investing up to $1,000,000 back into the community of which qualifying funding amounts may range in size from $20,000 to as much as $100,000. The CIP is open to a wide range of ideas, but proposals must articulate how they will benefit the Internet in Canada.
"CIRA's top priorities include managing the .CA domain; ensuring Canada's Internet infrastructure is safe, secure, and stable; and supporting other Internet-related activities in Canada," said Byron Holland, CEO of CIRA. "We have always championed initiatives that help Canadians take full advantage of the Internet as one of the greatest drivers of positive social and economic change the world has seen in recent memory. With the CIP, we will take this many steps further by making strategic investments that will help other stakeholder groups make the Internet better for all Canadians."
Starting on February 3 and until February 28, the CIP application period will open to quality proposals in need of funding. All funding decisions will be made by a committee comprised of CIRA board members and community stakeholders.