Grants and Funding for our projects

[ This is a wiki ]

Comrades !

Let us collect all grants, funding and fellowships for projects here.
Diverse projects in the Fediverse help everybody and “some of us love illusions” [N. Muntz] and some unfortunately might need filthy lucre because of still surveillance capitalism …

For an initial list I tried to identify grants which make sense for ActivityPub or Fediverse projects.

Please post all grants and funding here but before you apply and depending on your situation:
Research the grants “backgrounds” critically, think carefully if everything really “fits” for you.
Move slowly and don’t break the web.

All information is supplied without guarantee !

Small money, informal grants



2200€ to “support social scientists to develop new computational skills or enable social scientists who do not have programming skills to analyze data at scale” :

Community Prototype Fund
Supporting the rapid development of innovative Internet freedom technology prototypes that serve the immediate needs of the human rights and Internet freedom communities

[de] SUMA stipend
“Impact for Search Technologies”

edri Digital Rights Fund

6000€ – January 2020

Money for your project

Grants sorted by closing date:

30 October 2019
see also

1 November 2019
Internet Freedom Fund
OTF flagship : The Internet Freedom Fund (IFF) is OTF’s primary way to support projects advancing Internet freedom for users in repressive environments.

3 November 2019
Shuttleworth Fellowship
The Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship Program funding consists of two components for each Fellow – the fellowship grant and the co-investment project funding.

see also

December 2019
Comcast Innovation Fund
[ Disclaimer : Don’t know “comcast” company. But maybe ‘not so good’ : ]

December 2019
UN Democracy Fund
“Media and freedom of information”

The window for applicants to submit project proposals to UNDEF will open mid-November 2019, and will close mid-December 2019 at 11:59pm NY time

For Civil Society Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations engaged in promoting democracy, we would need a US 501c3 public charity or more simple something like a german “Bürgerstiftung” or “Stiftung in Gründung” …

Not a primary domain but See “In addition, we’re always interested in projects …”
Mozilla Research Grants
Researchers: See the current Annoncement RQ7
Futures for open voice ecosystems.
“Each time a new technology is enabled and a new ecosystem is created a range of social, cultural and political ripple effects typically unfold over time. The introduction of mobile devices in diverse socio-economic contexts has for instance enabled the creation of entire peer-to-peer lending industries and economies. In a less positive way, the introduction of social media in everyday life has arguably enabled a wide range of socio-cultural as well as socio-political effects, such as “echo-chambers” and rigged elections, for instance.
Given that, what type of social, cultural or political impacts can we imagine occurring in the future as a consequence of us introducing an open voice ecosystem? Is there any unwanted future state that we should be mindful of and prepared for? What positive effects do we wish to unfold or trigger through such an ecosystem?”

Open Society Foundations Grants
The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.


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16 Januar 2020
EU H2020 – Next Generation Media
H2020 is a huge EU programm. See also the other grants.
But you need a “consortium”.
CCC got us covered with a video:
Hacking EU funding for a decentralizing FOSS project
Understanding and adapting EU legal guidelines from a FOSS perspective

See also

January 2020
The Democracy and Media Foundation (DMF) Grant
We invest in independent, critical media and a strong, just democratic state.

1 February 2019
NGI Zero next rounds
See the video at 36c3
–> Privacy & Trust Enhancing Technologies
–> Next Generation Search and Discovery

February 2020
If your tool is ready but needs testing, translation, documentation etc. :

March 2020
dial grants
Together, we fill projects’ funding gaps where traditional sources lack: refactoring, dependency upgrades, test coverage, and packaging, just to name a few.

Watch out in 2020

Sloan Fellowships

MIT Solve

Do you belong to an underrepresented group?

General Assembly
“also include LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, people with disabilities, returning workers, single parents, new Americans, and refugees”

Are you visually impaired?
An ebook library that makes reading easier 2019 Campaigner Fellowship
a four-months full-time, paid fellowship. The fellowship is open to Black womxn* and gender non-conforming people and will be based near Johannesburg.

The Other Foundation Grant
The Other Foundation is inviting applications for grants from individuals or organisations in thirteen eligible southern African countries to support work that advances or defends the freedom, equality, and social inclusion of homosexual and bisexual women and men, and transgender and intersex people

and some european regional grants

.NL only - 21 October






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