We are thrilled to announce a second round of COVID-19 grant funding through our Emergency Response programme. Building on the success of our 2020 programme launch, these grants are aimed at projects that respond to COVID-19 by connecting vulnerable and disproportionally affected communities to the Internet. Funding of US$250,000 – US$500,000 will be awarded to organizations for projects lasting up to 12 months.
“A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing that Internet connectivity has never been more important – enabling children to continue learning, families and friends to stay connected; and vital public health information to keep circulating”, said Sarah Armstrong, Executive Director of the Internet Society Foundation. “Through these grants, we aim to support communities without Internet access who bear the brunt of the economic and social impacts of the pandemic and risk being left behind.”
The program will open for applications between March 9 and March 19th and the grantees will be announced beginning on 6 April.
We are committed to working with organizations that seek to connect communities to the Internet, in response to challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. This includes establishing new networks, improving network access, and/or increasing network reliability, speed, or security. Projects should take into account the digital ecosystem of affected communities and be responsive to technological needs at the local level.