Digital Citizen Contribution Program

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 in order to support democracy and social cohesion in Canada in a digital world by enhancing and/or supporting efforts to counter online disinformation and other online harms and threats to Canada’s democracy and social cohesion.

To be added to our distribution list and receive information when the next funding opportunity call for proposal is launched, please send us an email.

Who can apply

To be eligible for funding, your organization must be:

  • 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; or
  • 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.

Federal institutions, including any department, branch, office, board, agency, commission, corporation or other entity that receives an annual appropriation from Parliament, are not eligible for funding under the Program.

Application deadline

2020-2021 Intake

The deadline to apply is September 18, 2020.

Special COVID-19 Call

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020.

How to apply

  • Contact the Digital Citizen Contribution Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage to request an application package, including the application guidelines and the general application form.
  • Read the application guidelines in their entirety before completing your application.
  • If you meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the application guidelines, complete the general application form, attach all required supporting documents and submit your application through only one means (that is by email, by mail, in-person, etc.).

Contact us


Digital Citizen Contribution Program
Department of Canadian Heritage
25 Eddy Street
Gatineau QC  K1A 0S5


1-866-811-0055 [toll-free, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm (ET)]


1-888-997-3123 [for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, toll-free, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm (ET)]

Agents are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm (ET).

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