Application Process

Please review the application process below:



Evaluation Process Details

Step 1: Review Program Documents

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Please thoroughly review the IESP Program Guidelines and Application Form prior to starting an application in order to gain understanding of the Area of Funding (AOF) descriptions, eligible/ineligible expenses, etc. IESP staff are available to support with any questions you may have. We encourage you to contact us before you begin your application at

Step 2: Project Overview Application

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Proponents to the IESP must submit a Project Overview Application (POA) providing high-level details on the project, including scope and anticipated outcomes.

IESP staff will review POAs on an on-going basis.

Step 3: Interview


Based on the POA, IESP staff may request an interview with proponents to further discuss project details ahead of formal application submission.

Step 4: Application Submission

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Submit your application to For more information about application submission timelines, see the IESP Evaluation Schedule below. 

Please be sure to save and submit all materials in PDF format where possible, and ensure you have double-checked the submission checklist in the application.

Late or incomplete application submissions will not be accepted, unless the IESO has been notified in advance of the intake deadline and agreed to accept an application submission after the intake deadline. 

Step 5: Initial Review

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Within 30 business days of receiving the application, we will do our best to review it for completeness and eligibility. A clarification and feedback period may be included as part of the initial review to request additional information or amendments to the application. 

If your application passes the completeness and eligibility review, we will give it a validated time stamp, and communicate to you that it has been accepted for further consideration.

Step 6: Review Committee

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Next, the application will be reviewed by an internal Review Committee based on the criteria outlined in the Program Guidelines. This can include project scope, feasibility, project team and other considerations related to the program. 

Step 7: Funding Agreement Awarded

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If your application is successful, you will be notified by email and offered a Funding Agreement with the IESO (see a sample Funding Agreement).


Evaluation Schedule for IESP Applications

The following is the schedule for IESP application submissions and evaluation timelines to help guide you in submitting your application.


Submit By

Applications submitted after this date will be reviewed at the next Application Review Period

Application Review Period


June 28, 2024

July 2024 – August 2024


August 30, 2024

September 2024 – October 2024

* Note: the IESO may revise and/or replace this schedule, in its sole and absolute discretion, from time to time.

Contact IESP Staff

The IESP team is here to help you at any point along the way. Applicants needing more information or interested in making a submission should email