There are currently more than 2.5 million registered .ca domain names, and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is hoping to attract even more for its 2017 Community Investment Program (CIP).

Through the program, CIRA is hoping to bring together members of “Canada’s internet community” to help build a “better online Canada.” Over the past three years, the program has selected 78 projects from across Canada who received a total of $3.2 million CAD in funding.

In 2017 however, the CIP will divest $1 million towards funding these projects with between $25,000 and $100,000 dedicated to each initiative. Typical grants range between $25,000 and $50,000.

With this initiative, CIRA hopes to recognize groups that serve one of its four core purposes.

These include providing youth the wireless services they need, bringing remote communities online, exploring new digital issues affecting Canadians and educating marginalized and impoverished Canadians the economic opportunities that exist for them online.

”The ingenuity and creativity of Canadians being what they are, we always receive more requests for funding than we can grant. That, in a sense, is a great problem to have in that we are able to select truly outstanding Internet projects which promise to bring about concrete and substantive improvements in people’s lives,” said Michael Geist, chair of CIRA’s Community Investment Committee, in a statement.

“CIRA’s Community Investment Program makes a real difference, and I am confident that the committee will have our work cut out for us again this year,” the Canadian wireless expert continued.

The following groups are eligible to apply: organizations recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as registered charities, not-for-profit groups and academics/researchers affiliated with a Canadian university.

Applications for the 2017 session close on March 1st, 2017. Applicants will be informed of the status of their application beginning in May 2017.

Source: Betakit

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