How It Works

How It Works

Available funding

With $125,000 in total funding available, the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation is here to help make learning happen.  We know some educational needs will require more funding than others.  We want to be able to help as many children with their learning journey as possible.  You can apply for up to $5,000 in your funding submission.


May 1, 2020 – May 28, 2020: The CST Inspired Minds Learning Project is open for submissions until May 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET.   During this time, those who want to apply for funding can fill out an application here. Once you have applied, we will review your application to ensure it meets all requirements.

May 29, 2020 – June 4, 2020: During this time, submissions will be adjudicated by the CST Foundation team.  We want to be able to help as many children as possible. 

June 5, 2020: Award recipients will be notified on June 5, 2020.

Evaluation criteria

Ideas will be evaluated based on social impact.

We’re looking for submissions that bring meaningful social impact at an individual and community level across Canada. What is your need? Is there a gap in learning you are trying to fill due to the current pandemic? What impact will this have on students or the learning community?  How many children will benefit? What could happen if you don’t receive funding?

Qualified submissions can receive up to $5,000 to support their needs.  We encourage you to be ambitious but remember to be realistic. Implementation should be done at a scale appropriate to your community and funds need to be used within the next six months.

Submission eligibility

Before registering and making your submission, check to make sure that your submission is eligible by answering the following questions:

Who is your idea for? Submission must take the form of learning opportunities, programs, or activities for children and youth in grades K-12. 

What are you looking to do? The CST Inspired Minds Learning Project is a funding program designed for community-based learning activities for children and youth in grades K-12 across Canada.  We will support:

  • Efforts underway to support learning gaps due to the current pandemic
  • The implementation of an existing idea
  • The expansion/scaling of an existing idea
  • The implementation of a new idea
  • Exploration activities for emerging ideas

Are you a team player? Your idea needs to be submitted on behalf of a registered Canadian organization (such as a preschool, daycare, school or community organization). Ideas cannot be submitted as an individual.

Where is your idea happening? Your idea must physically take place in Canada. Submissions can be made in either of Canada’s official languages: English or French.

When can you make it happen? Award recipients must start using the funds within six months of receiving funding.  Recipients will be announced on June 5, 2020 and will receive their funding soon afterwards.  For a full list of eligibility criteria, click here.