The Internet Society Foundation has launched a new emergency response grant programme, targeting organizations working on projects that utilize the Internet to improve lives during or in response to an emergency situation. With a 2020 focus on the COVID-19 coronavirus response, the Foundation will solicit grant applications from programmes that respond to the pandemic both during the immediate period of the crisis and in the aftermath. Grants of US$250,000 – US$500,000 will be awarded to organizations for projects lasting up to 12 months.
“More than ever, we recognize the importance that the Internet plays during this uncertain time, serving as a lifeline that enables children to continue learning; families and friends to stay connected; and vital public health information to keep circulating,” said Sarah Armstrong, the Internet Society Foundation’s Executive Director. “We are launching this programme as we believe access to the Internet and its solutions can create healthier and safer communities, reduce vulnerabilities and help build the resilience communities need to navigate this pandemic and emerge better prepared in the future.”
The Foundation is committed to working with organizations that take known Internet-based technical solutions and apply them to COVID-19 responses, or are pivoting from their regular activities to create new projects or reworked technical solutions that respond to the pandemic.
A few examples of projects that the Foundation may consider for funding include:
- applications that accelerate and coordinate humanitarian response
- services that promote and enable distance learning for students
- platforms that establish new pathways to alternative livelihoods
- indexes that demonstrate urban and/or rural pandemic preparedness.
The programme will open for applications between 5 May and 17 May and decisions will be shared beginning on 27 May.
The Internet Society Foundation was established in 2019 to support the positive difference the Internet can make to people everywhere. In partnership with other change makers, the Foundation promotes the development of the Internet as a resource to enrich people’s lives, and serve as a force for good in society. Focusing in six programme areas, the Foundation awards grants to Internet Society Chapters as well as non-profit organizations and individuals dedicated to providing meaningful access to an open, globally-connected, secure and trustworthy Internet for everyone.