Media and Arts Impact

The Media and Arts Impact Grants support projects that use media and arts-based strategies to promote inclusion and pluralism and challenge discrimination and exclusion. Grants begin at $20,000 and support projects that have a regional or national scope and/or impact a significant number of participants and groups.

Guidelines

Media and Arts Impact Grants fund initiatives that:   

  • Implement media and/or arts-based strategies*;
  • Aim to:  
    • Open minds and shift attitudes that perpetuate prejudice and exclusion based on ethnicity, race or religion;  
    • Build good relations between diverse groups or communities;
  • Ideally address one or both of Inspirit’s current issue areas: Islamophobia and Truth and Reconciliation
  • Create opportunities for new partnerships or relationships to be strengthened across differences of ethnicity, race, or religion;
  • Involve and engage people, groups, and communities directly impacted by the issues being addressed in the proposed initiative; 
  • Emphasize a regional or national impact and/or engage a significant number of participants and groups; 
  • Take place in Canada. 

* We have broadly defined media and arts to include: film, video, podcasting, digital platforms and apps, emerging media technology, creative places & spaces, traditional and social media, written & spoken word, and performance & visual art.

What we look for in proposals:  

  • The applicant organization is well-suited to lead this project based on lived and/or professional experience; organizational focus and practice; and/or content expertise; 
  • A clear vision of what success might look like;
  • An understanding of the issue(s) being addressed;   
  • A clear strategy that articulates how project activities support the intended results;
  • The project engages community leaders, decision-makers, or other influencers; 
  • There is potential for the results or impact of the project to resonate beyond the granting period;
  • The project ideally engages people aged 18-34, either through its leadership team and/or as participants.

Media and Arts Impact Grants do not fund: 

  • Projects where the primary activity is a conference, festival, or one-off event;
  • Retroactive requests for activities that have already occurred;  
  • Activities that take place outside of Canada and projects that primarily benefit individuals living in another country;
  • Initiatives that are run by non-Canadian organizations;
  • Academic research, tuition, bursaries or scholarships;  
  • General fundraising efforts, capital campaigns or sponsorships;
  • Personal appeals for financial support; 
  • Emergency funds; 
  • Projects where the primary activity is a conference, festival, or event;
  • Activities that primarily promote religious or political beliefs.  

Grant Amount 

Media and Arts Impact Grants start at $20,000. The average grant amount is $40,000 per year.   

Multi-year funding is available, but please be aware that the Foundation currently has limited available resources for multi-year funding.  

Application Process 

We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact the Foundation before submitting an online EOI. 

  1. Review the guidelines and Media and Arts Impact Grants Frequently Asked Questions to determine eligibility. 
    1. Access the online Expression of Interest (EOI) form HERE
    2. The EOI is a form that asks for a brief description of the initiative, the amount requested and the duration of the initiative.   
    3. You can save and submit your EOI form at any time. 
  2. Once we receive your completed application, Inspirit staff review them to ensure they meet the program guidelines. 
  3. If your initiative is not eligible for consideration, Foundation staff will notify you within 6-8 weeks of submission.   
  4. If your initiative is eligible, and Foundation staff identifies alignment between your initiative, the objectives of the Media and Arts Impact Grants program, and Foundation priorities and goals, you may be asked to complete a full application. 
  5. Once you submit a formal Media and Arts Impact Grant application, your initiative will be escalated through a formal review process. This process involves an external review committee that comprises people familiar with Inspirit’s priority issue areas, who have experience in the non-profit, arts and media sectors across Canada.  

For further information about applicant eligibility please refer first to our Media and Arts Impact Grants Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions, please contact us.

Application Deadlines 
Expressions of interest are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Final grant decisions are approved by a committee of the Board of Directors up to three times a year, typically in May, August and November. We advise prospective applicants to contact the Foundation at least 2-3 months before the aforementioned months in order to ensure a full review process. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive funding your organization must be a registered Canadian charity in good standing with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or a First Nations Band.  

We are not an eligible charity or First Nations Band – can we apply?

Yes, but you will need to form a partnership with an eligible charitable organization. We cannot grant directly to not-for-profit organizations that do not have CRA status.

Typically, informal groups or not-for-profit organizations form a partnership with a registered charity that is willing to act as a lead charitable partner/trustee.  The lead partner/trustee will receive and administer the grant and will be accountable for particular legal and financial responsibilities.  

Inspirit requires a confirmed agreement between your group and the charitable partner/trustee before officially providing a grant.

If you have more questions about eligibility please contact us.  

What costs can the grant be used for?

Eligible costs that support the project include:  

  • Personnel costs, including staff salaries, facilitator, artist, and speaker fees;   
  • Space rental;  
  • Equipment (equipment purchases will become the property of the grantee, or lead partner in the project);  
  • Food and supplies;  
  • Travel;  
  • Administration costs (rent, utilities, telephone and internet) up to a maximum of 10% of direct project costs.  
Do you provide full funding to projects?

Media and Arts Impact Grants do not usually cover the entire costs of projects.

If your project is eligible for other sources of funding or support, we encourage you to seek, or show that you have obtained, additional financial or in-kind support. 

Are there insurance requirements?

Please note that Inspirit requires grantees to maintain a minimum of $2 million in general liability insurance for the duration of the grant. 

Applications and Decisions

Can I submit more than one proposal for consideration at a time?

No. We can only consider one initiative per applicant organization or group in any Media and Arts Impact granting phase. We can only grant once to an eligible grantee per year.  

What information do you ask for in the full proposal stage?

For applicants that are invited to a full proposal stage we ask for the following information:

  • Clarification of your proposed activities and strategy;
  • An evaluation outline;
  • A detailed project budget and timeline;
  • Further information about your group and proposed partners, including letters of support;
  • A copy of the most current financial statements of the lead organization;
  • A list of the lead organization’s Board of Directors;
  • Proof of Insurance.
If our grant application is declined, can we ask for feedback?

Absolutely.  Due to the volume of applicants, we cannot automatically provide feedback to all, but we will endeavour to offer feedback from the review process to all who request it.  

Projects

Does my project have to use arts or media?

Yes. We look for innovative approaches that employ arts methods or media as strategies to illuminate and promote inclusion and pluralism or challenge discrimination and exclusion. 

Do you fund film production?

Typically no. Media and Arts Impact Grants can be used towards to developing media products as long as they are connected with an outreach strategy and activities to engage audiences. 

Do you fund conferences, festivals, or events?

Typically, no. Media and Arts Impact Grants do not fund projects where the primary activity is a conference, festival or event. 

For information on collaborating with Inspirit on conferences, festivals, special events, please contact our Stakeholder and Engagement department. 

Does my project have to engage youth?

Not necessarily. Ideally, your project engages people aged 18-34, either through its leadership team and/or as participants. However, the project activities can engage people of all ages.

What do you mean by "open minds and shift attitudes"?

We look for projects and activities that aim to increase people’s awareness and understanding of others’ experiences, build recognition of shared experience across difference, and inspire actions that bridge difference.  

What do you mean by “build good relations”?

We look for projects and activities that bring together diverse groups to address prejudice and discrimination and promote inclusion and belonging.

For further information about our grants or our process, please contact Inspirit.  

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