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Important information about Inspirit’s granting in 2024.

As of 2024, Inspirit’s application intake will take place over two granting rounds; one in the Spring and one in the Fall.

Round 1: Spring

  • Grant application portal opens: April 2, 2024
  • Deadline to apply: May 15, 2024  
  • Decisions on Round 1 applications: End of June 2024  

Round 2: Fall

  • Grant application portal re-opens: July 15, 2024
  • Deadline to apply: October 9, 2024  
  • Decisions on Round 2 applications: End of November 2024  

Occasionally, we accept proposals outside of these windows for time-sensitive events and opportunities closely linked to Inspirit’s mission. These requests should be submitted to and are assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

Before applying, we strongly encourage you to review our latest priority updates to assess your proposal fit and confirm the funding availability for your area of work.  

You are welcome to send an email ahead of applying to submit a brief letter of inquiry (1 page max) or to share any questions and specific inquiries. While we will do our best, note that we cannot respond to all inquiries due to the volume of requests. 

Please review Inspirit’s Grant Programs, Priority Granting Areas, and FAQs. 


  • Your organization or group must be based in Canada, and the work must take place in Canada. 
  • Inspirit typically grants to registered charities. However, if your work aligns with our priorities, we also work with non-qualified donees (e.g. incorporated and unincorporated non-profits and organizations). In some cases, a charitable trustee may be required to administer funding. Please see FAQs for more details. 

Inspirit does NOT provide grants for:

  • Organizations based outside of Canada 
  • Projects that take place outside of Canada 
  • Retroactive funding 
  • Capital-building costs 
  • Fundraising and endowment drives 
  • Debt relief 
  • Direct services and social services 
  • Educational scholarships 
  • Internships 
  • Political activities that are partisan  
  • Equity investments in companies 

For arts and media related projects, Inspirit typically does not fund: 

  • Production and post-production costs for film, television and audio production
  • Impact campaigns for films
  • Stand-alone arts and film festival presentations, except in special cases
  • Art exhibitions or performances (e.g. theatre performances, concerts, single screenings)
  • Training and talent development programs for early-career artists, creatives and journalists
  • Artist residencies, fellowships, or internships
  • Individual artists or art projects
  • Individual conference attendance

If you have more questions about eligibility, please contact us. 


What are the application deadlines and approval times?

In 2024 we have two primary deadlines for accepting grant proposals: 

  • Round 1 Deadline: May 15, 2024.    

Grant Application Portals will open April 2, 2024. Round 1 decisions will be made by the end of June 2024.

  • Round 2 Deadline: October 9, 2024.   

Grant Application Portals will re-open July 15, 2024. Round 2 decisions will be made by the end of November 2024. 

Occasionally, we accept proposals outside of these windows for time-sensitive events and opportunities closely linked to Inspirit’s mission. These requests should be submitted to and are assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

How many grants are available?

We typically distribute a maximum of 30 grants per year, including grants to pre-existing grantees. This includes grants under all programs.

What is an appropriate amount of funding to request? Is there a maximum grant size?

We have no set grant amount; however, different grant programs offer different ranges. We trust organizations to ask for what they need, within the guidelines for the different granting streams. 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.   

Please note: Due to factors such as the number of requests and budget availability, we are not always able to provide the full amount requested to successful applicants.  

The maximum grant amount per year is currently $100,000.   

Does our organization need to be a registered charity?

No. We reserve a certain percentage of funding for qualified donees (such as registered charities and registered First Nations Bands).  

We are flexible in partnering with non-qualified donees provided they align with Inspirit’s mission. Non-qualified donees are entities such as nonprofits, grassroots organizations and businesses that have not received charitable designation from the Canada Revenue Agency.  

Occasionally, we provide funds to a charitable trustee who holds the funds for informal groups, non-profit organizations, and registered businesses. The trustee administers the grant and is accountable for legal and financial responsibilities on behalf of the non-registered partner.  

Please contact us for more information if your organization is not a registered charity or access the guidelines developed by the CRA to support the philanthropic sector in working with philanthropy.

How do you identify and assess grantee partners?

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: 

  • Strategic Fit 

We grant to organizations carrying out work that aligns with Inspirit’s mission and values, and priority granting areas. 

  • Innovation 

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” projects and, where possible, support grantees to access other funders. 

  • Industry focus 

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 screen-based industries, community-led journalism, and research relevant to our priority areas.  

  • Geography 

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. 

  • Influence

We fund organizations strongly connected to the communities they serve and that have the potential to drive their sector toward more equitable practices and outcomes. This might include advancing new industry practices and policies, generating resource flows to underserved communities, influencing industry culture, and more. 

  • Organization Size and Stage of Development

When making funding decisions, we consider the size of an organization, including the number of staff, volunteers, budget, and internal infrastructure. Inspirit tends to fund smaller organizations – typically with budgets under $1 million – that demonstrate high potential to grow or deliver impact, strengthen internal capacity, and attract additional revenue. 

Can we submit an idea before applying?

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 with a brief introduction and information about your work. 

If our grant application is declined, can I ask for feedback?

Absolutely. Due to volume, we cannot automatically provide feedback to all applicants, but we will try to offer feedback when asked.  

What are Inspirit's principles for funding journalism?

Inspirit’s principles for journalism funding: 

To uphold the highest standards of ethical support for journalism, Inspirit adheres to the following principles:   

  • Transparency & Donor Recognition: Inspirit publicly names all funding partnerships with journalism organizations on our Grants page. As well, we require grantee partners to publicly name Inspirit as a supporter of their work on published materials and communications – print, digital, audio, and other media – as well as website, annual report, and other public facing materials where appropriate. This is for transparency. 
  • Editorial Independence and Integrity: Inspirit does not endorse, influence, edit, or vet content produced by journalist partners in advance of or following publication. Inspirit funding does not imply editorial involvement or endorsement of the content produced. 
  • Journalistic Ethics: Inspirit requires that grantee partners employ all applicable ethical and/or journalistic standards applicable to the production and publication of content.  

We encourage partners in the journalism and philanthropic sectors to develop and publicly share policies for upholding ethics and integrity in journalism-related activities. Below are some resources that have been helpful to Inspirit: