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Digital Citizen Contribution Program:


The Program is offering successful recipients up to $380,000 per approved project. May award up to $1,000,000 in funding for some projects with budgets of over $1,000,000.


Open to applications – The Digital Citizen Contribution Program supports the priorities of the Digital Citizen Initiative by providing time-limited financial assistance for research and citizen-focused activities. The Program aims to support democracy and social inclusion in Canada by enhancing and/or supporting efforts to counter online disinformation and other online harms and threats.

Eligible Applicants

The following organizations are eligible for funding:

  • a national, provincial, territorial, municipal, Indigenous, community or professional organization, society or association which has voluntarily associated itself for a not-for-profit purpose, and which has the mandate to represent its membership or community
  • a not-for-profit organization, including non-governmental or umbrella organizations, non-profit corporations, community groups, regulatory bodies or apprenticeship authorities, or associations serving the private sector
  • a university or educational institution
  • an individual researcher, acting in his or her personal capacity
  • a research institution with an established record in relevant field(s), intending to undertake work in a Canadian context
  • a for-profit Canadian and Canadian-owned institution with a record of developing and delivering programming, and performing research or related activities relevant to the goals of Canadian Heritage’s Digital Citizen Initiative, provided that the nature and the intent of the activity is non-commercial

Eligible Expenses

Current open call – Call priorities

This call for proposals is seeking citizen-focused activities projects, research projects, or projects combining elements of both project types. Eligible projects must meet at least 1 of the following priorities:

  • develop and publish tools to support digital media and civic literacy skills among people in Canada outside of educational institutions and/or among seniors in Canada
  • develop and publish tools to help people in Canada identify content created and spread by bots and/or artificial intelligence
  • develop and publish tools to prevent and address online violence against women, girls and 2SLGBTQI+ communities, and other forms of technology facilitated violence
  • create resources to support children and parents in Canada to address and prevent cyberbullying
  • build technical capacity and expertise among small and medium sized civil society organizations seeking to address mis-/disinformation, hate speech and cyberbullying
  • develop and publish tools to build resilience to mis-/disinformation stemming from foreign governments, such as the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Russian Federation, targeting people in Canada, including diaspora communities
  • conduct research, testing and/or evaluation of tools or interventions related to any of the above priorities

Deadline Date

  November 28, 2023 (11:59 pm local time).
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