Funding now available from the Digital Citizen Initiative for research and citizen-focused activities

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August 2022

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. The Program aims to support democracy and social inclusion in Canada by enhancing and/or supporting efforts to counter online disinformation and other online harms and threats.

Current Open Call 

The Digital Citizen Contribution Program (DCCP) is pleased to launch call for proposals to provide time-limited financial assistance of up to $100,000 per project (fiscal year 2022-23) for the following types of research projects:

  • projects that aim to evaluate the efficacy of efforts by platforms to counter disinformation and other online harms;
  • projects that aim to understand the role of non-news and alternative media sources of disinformation; and
  • projects that aim to identify the behavioural and psychological underpinnings of the spread of disinformation and other harmful content in the Canadian context.


  • 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
  • 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

The deadline to apply is August 18, 2022. For application details, click here.

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