Beyond the Net Medium and Large Grants support innovative projects from Internet Society Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) seeking to improve the quality of people’s lives by providing meaningful access to an open, trusted, and global Internet.
Beyond the Net Medium and Large Grants are specifically for Internet Society Chapters and SIGs with innovative ideas that contribute to the empowerment of people through projects that make a local impact.
- Strengthen the impact of the Internet Society’s mission and global initiatives with complementary local activities;
- Fund initiatives that contribute to the development of the Chapter and local community;
- Engage members and Chapter leadership around a common activity; and
- Develop new or strengthen existing relationships and partnerships at the local level.
At the Internet Society Foundation, we believe in an open, globally-connected, secure, and trusted Internet for all. Below are ideas for projects to help advance this mission; other ideas are welcome.
1. Connect the World – Internet Access and Development
Internet access and development projects that help to provide better, more affordable access for everyone, including empowering communities to build and maintain their own networks.
Examples: Internet training projects in disadvantaged communities; build local technical capacity; start a Community Network or an Internet exchange point (IXP).
2. Improving Technical Security
Projects that support the principle of an open Internet and the use of technology to make the Internet a safer place.
Examples: Routing security; development of security tools; technical means for data protection; user awareness of trust enhancing technologies; encryption tools; training and capacity building.
3. Building Trust
Projects that contribute to the expansion and evolution of the Internet Society policy framework for an open and trusted Internet.
Examples: Policymaker programmes; user awareness campaigns and training on trust and privacy online; personal data protection; security of connected devices.
- Only Internet Society Chapters and SIGs in good standing (or pre-rejuvenation) are eligible to apply. They must meet the minimum Chapter standards as outlined in the Chapter’s Charter.
- Applications from Chapters undergoing a rejuvenation process will not be considered.
- SIGs may apply for projects, ideally in collaboration with a local Chapter, and define the roles and responsibilities via memorandum of understanding (MoU) that must be submitted together with the application by the Chapter. If approved, the Chapter is responsible for the funds and reporting on the project development and achievements.
- To be eligible for this year’s grants, Chapters and SIGs must have submitted required funding reports from previous years.
- Only Chapters with an official bank account in their name can receive Internet Society Foundation funds.
- Chapters or SIGs with two ongoing Medium and Large projects will not be considered.
- The Beyond the Net programme is a Chapter funding programme. Chapter members must work with their Chapter’s leadership to develop their projects.
- To be considered, the project’s goals must further one of the three (3) focus areas noted above.
Medium and Large Grants are available as follows:
- One-year projects — up to 15,000.00 USD
- Projects up to two years — up to 30,000.00 USD
The Beyond the Net Medium and Large Grant programme deadline was 19 August 2019. Applications are now closed.
Application Review Process
The Beyond the Net Medium and Large Grants Selection Committee is responsible for the review, evaluation, and selection of applications, in accordance with the approved selection criteria and guidelines, in a manner that reflects the values and mission of the Internet Society.
The members of the 2019 Selection Committee are:
- Nadira AL-Araj, Independent researcher and member of ISOC Palestine Chapter
- Amrita Choudhury, Director of CCAOI, President of Internet Society India, Delhi Chapter and the APAC Lead of ISOC Women SIG
- Sara Fratti, Consultant at Fundación Avina and member of ISOC Women SIG
- Cedrick Adrien Mbeyet, Infrastructure Unit Manager at AFRINIC and member of ISOC Senegal Chapter
- Vincenzo Puliatti, CEO, ITSYN Srl and Board Member of ISOC Italy Chapter
- George Sadowsky, Consultant and member of ISOC Washington DC Chapter and ISOC Bulgaria Chapter
- Alfredo Calderon Serrano, eLearning Consultant and member of ISOC Puerto Rico Chapter
Nadira AL-Araj was appointed as the Chair of the 2019 Selection Committee.
Chapters and SIGs that receive grants from the Internet Society Foundation are required to sign a Grant Agreement. They must also submit interim reports every 6 months, starting from the date of recognition of the grant, and a final report at the end of the grant period. Instructions to provide this information can be found on the Membership portal.
If you have questions about this programme or the application process, please email Beyond_the_Net@isocfoundation.org.