Program Details

Applications for the 2021 Learning Project are now closed. Click here to learn about the projects we are supporting in 2021!


Our goal

The Learning Project funds community-based learning activities for children and youth in grades K-12 across Canada. Our goal is to promote access to post-secondary education for lower income families. We do this through the Learning Project by providing micro grants to community organizations who provide programs that enhance academic skills and engagement for K-12 students from lower income families. Through our grants, we hope to support community-based organizations in offering new or existing programs to prepare and equip students with the skills required to pursue post-secondary education.

Available Funding

In 2021, $160,000 in total funding is available to grant through the Learning Project.

We know that some learning activities will require more funding than others. Organizations can apply for up to $5,000 in their application.


Applications accepted: May 4, 2021 to June 11, 2021

Our application portal will be open from May 4, 2021 to June 11, 2021. During this time, those who want to apply for funding can register on the CST Inspired Minds Learning Project website and work on their application. All applications must be submitted on or before 11:59 pm EST on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Applications evaluated: June and July 2021

Applications will be evaluated in June and July by the CST Foundation team.

Results communicated: by July 31, 2021

All applicants will be notified of the results by July 31, 2021.


What do we mean by “academic upskilling and engagement”? 

Academic upskilling and engagement programs are those that support children to obtain the necessary grades, skills, and self-confidence to succeed in school.  This helps ensure that students are academically prepared and equipped to pursue post-secondary education.   Examples of academic upskilling and engagement activities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • programs that support academic success (e.g. homework help, tutoring)
  • programs that support school engagement and attachment (e.g. non-traditional approaches to learning, experiential learning, school attendance incentives)
  • programs that support interest in learning (e.g. extracurricular programs)
  • programs that build self-confidence and motivation (e.g. mentoring, programs that improve soft skills)
Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be a not-for-profit organization based in Canada (charitable status not required)
  • intend to use the funding for an eligible program
  • use the funds within six months of receipt

The program must:

  • be an academic upskilling or engagement program;
  • for children and/or youth in grades K-12
  • from lower-income families; and
  • take place in Canada.
How to apply

Registration and application instructions

To apply, you must first register and create an account on our application portal.  This will allow you to save an application in progress and come back to work on it until you’re happy with it.  You will be asked to provide basic contact information about yourself and your organization. Once you have registered, you will be asked to answer some questions, upload photos, and if you want, also submit a short video.

Application questions

Here are the questions we will be asking:

  • What is your program/ activity and what are your implementation plans?
  • Who is your target community?
  • What is your intended impact (referencing the need in your community and how your program/ activity helps K-12 children and youth obtain the necessary grades, skills, and self-confidence to succeed in school)?
  • How many children will benefit?