Beyond the Net Small Grant Programme offers annual funding to support Internet Society Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for projects such as learning opportunities, skill development, networking events, and membership and marketing campaigns.
- Fund initiatives that contribute to the development of the Chapter and local community;
- Strengthen the impact of the Internet Society’s mission and global initiatives with complementary local activities;
- Engage members and Chapter delegates around a common Chapter activity;
- Identify individuals who can lead Chapter activities;
- Provide fundraising opportunities; and
- Develop new or strengthen existing relationships and partnerships at the local level.
At the Internet Society Foundation we believe an open, globally-connected, secure, and trustworthy Internet produces a positive impact in the lives of people. The Chapters and Special Interest Groups pursue this mission at the local level developing initiatives within one of the following areas:
- Connecting the World
- Building Trust
- Improving Technical Security
- Shaping the Future of the Internet
Beyond the Net Small Grants are available to the Internet Society Chapter and Special Interest Group (SIG) Communities only.
- 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 an 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.
Grants are available to Chapters and SIGs in good standing on an annual basis (per calendar year) at a maximum of USD $3,500 per Chapter.
The online application opened February 18, 2019 and closed October 30, 2019.
How to Apply
Applications must be completed online at least 60 days in advance of the planned project. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Application Review Process
Applications are reviewed by Internet Society Staff to determine whether they fit the programme focus areas and guidelines. Feedback is provided during the this period and applicants are often requested to provide any additional information about the submitted application. The review period can take up to 2 months.
If you have questions about this programme or the application process, please email Beyond_the_Net@isocfoundation.org