How to Apply for Grants
We identify grantees through a combination of direct invitation and unsolicited applications on a rolling basis.
Inspirit does not fund:
For arts and media related projects, Inspirit typically does not fund:
If you have more questions about eligibility, please contact us.
1. Research and Field-Building Grants
We aim to respond to applicants within four to six weeks. Learn more about Research and Field-Building Grants.
2. Project Grants
Seed Grants up to $50,000 are approved on a rolling basis throughout the year. Major Project Grants are typically approved in the early summer and mid-fall.
The application process for Major Project Grants can take eight to ten weeks and we ask applicants to consider this timeline when submitting an inquiry. Major Project Grants generally require a second application stage. This may consist of written responses, additional documents, and conversations with Inspirit staff.
Grants over $50,000 require approval by Inspirit’s Programming Committee. Grants totalling over $100,000 require approval from Inspirit’s full Board of Directors. Learn more about Project Grants.
3. Organizational Grants
Organizational Grant applications are currently invitation-only. We prioritize organizations with whom Inspirit has an existing partnership.
The application process for Organizational Grants can take eight to ten weeks and are typically approved in the early summer and mid-fall. These grants exceed $100,000 and require approval from Inspirit’s full Board of Directors. Learn more about Organizational Grants.
We typically distribute a maximum of thirty (30) grants per year, including grants to pre-existing grantees.
We have no set grant amount; however, different grant programs offer different ranges.
We trust organizations to ask for what they need. We look at factors such as other funding sources, the size and scope of the project, and organizational budget. As part of the application process, we work with applicants to identify a grant amount.
The maximum grant amount per year is $100,000.
No. We reserve a certain percentage of funding for registered charities and registered First Nations Bands (qualified donees). However, we aim to be flexible in partnering with non-qualified donees provided they align with Inspirit’s mission.
Occasionally, we administer funds to charitable trustees who hold the funds for informal groups, non-profit organizations, and registered businesses. The lead partner or trustee receives and administers the grant and is accountable for particular legal and financial responsibilities.
Please contact us for more information if your organization is not a registered charity.
We use a combination of unsolicited applications and staff-led research and outreach to identify new partners. We consult with grantees, funding partners, and multiple industry networks to learn about new organizations and opportunities to address critical gaps in the landscape.
In addition to criteria listed in Grant Programs and Priority Granting Areas, we seek the following:
We grant to organizations carrying out work that aligns with Inspirit’s mission and values, and priority granting areas.
We welcome innovation and creativity. Inspirit is often an early or first funder for projects and organizations showing promising approaches. We look to “de-risk” a project and champion it for other funders to join.
We look at how an organization’s work aligns with other grantees and Inspirit’s program areas. Although this is evolving, we are currently engaged in field-building activities in the screen-based industries, community-led journalism, and research relevant to our sectors.
Inspirit’s work is national in scope, and we strive to fund organizations in different parts of Canada. Although your work may be more locally focused, we prioritize organizations that demonstrate impact, or show potential to have influence beyond their geographic scope.
Yes. We welcome inquiries throughout the year; however, due to volume and capacity constraints, we are not always able to respond quickly. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief introduction and information about your work.
Absolutely. Due to volume, we cannot automatically provide feedback to all applicants, but we will try to offer feedback when asked.