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.
Media and Arts Impact Grants fund initiatives that:
* 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:
Media and Arts Impact Grants do not fund:
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.
We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact the Foundation before submitting an online EOI.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eligible costs that support the project include:
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.
Please note that Inspirit requires grantees to maintain a minimum of $2 million in general liability insurance for the duration of the grant.
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.
For applicants that are invited to a full proposal stage we ask for the following information:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.