5 reasons why you can’t afford not to enter the CST Inspired Minds Learning Project competition


Not-for-profits have a huge impact in our society, but there always seems to be an underlying problem across the board: a lack of funding. There is an abundance of bright minds with fresh, new ideas, but many organizations just aren’t able to fund innovative projects without grants or significant donations.

This is where the CST Inspired Minds Learning Project competition comes in. The semi-annual competition hosted by CST Consultants offers a total of $200,000 a year to not-for-profits with ideas that will advance children’s learning. You submit the idea, we award the funding. It’s that simple.

Here are 5 reasons why your not-for-profit should enter the Learning Project today:

1) Your chances of winning are pretty good. This is a new initiative that we just launched earlier this year. While we received 125 entries in the Spring Learning Project, the odds of being awarded one of the 14 prizes are fairly high. Think about it – similar competitions hosted by large organizations often have thousands of entrants. Because we’re a smaller organization that is grassroots in nature, the odds are definitely in your favour.  

2) We’ve made the eligibility requirements even easier. We’ve expanded the Fall Learning Project to include ideas that benefit children ages 0-17. All your idea has to do is help kids learn. Plain and simple. You can even request funding for a project that is currently underway but could use more support. Past winners from the Spring Learning Project have built new school playgrounds, funded conservation projects, expanded summer camps, offered creative 3D printing programs for kids, and much more! The sky is the limit, so it’s time to put your thinking cap on and get creative. 

qayqat construction

Construction is well underway at the Qayqayt playground in New Westminster, BC!

3D Printer Learning Project

Students at Bruce Public School in Toronto are making spooky decorations this Halloween with their brand new 3D printer!

KTCC Cheque Presentation

The Kawartha Turtle and Trauma Centre can fund more conservation and educational programs for kids thanks to their $5,000 grant from the Spring Learning Project.

3) The submission is quick and easy. All not-for-profits know how time-consuming it can be to fill out applications for grants or public funding. Some can take weeks (or even months) to complete! We’ve designed our submission form to be as simple as possible. All you need to do is tell us about your idea, how much money you need and how many children will be impacted. We’ll also ask for some more information about you and the organization you represent. Check out the sample idea below:

Idea Screenshot LP

Here’s what a published entry looks like.

4) Nine out of our 14 winners are chosen by popular vote. What does this mean? It means that you can play a key role in mobilizing support and determining your success. It’s all up to you to build buzz and generate support within your community. Once you’ve submitted your idea and the voting round has begun on October 27, you can send the link to your friends, family and colleagues to vote once a day.

5) Let’s be honest - there’s ALWAYS something your organization needs. If you’re having trouble coming up with an idea on your own, get your team together for a brainstorm. Reach out to your supporters or even your Board of Directors for new ideas. You never know what you might come up with!

So there you have it – five great reasons why you should submit an entry today. What are you waiting for?

The Fall CST Inspired Minds Learning Project competition launched on October 6 and submissions will be accepted until October 24. More information about key dates, requirements and the voting rounds can be found at http://learningproject.cst.org/.

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