The Internet Society Foundation’s Beyond the Net Small Grant Programme offers funding to support Internet Society Chapters and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to implement short-term projects with a goal of providing learning opportunities, increasing membership in the Chapter/SIG, or undertaking specific research projects.
- Contribute to the development of the Chapter and local community;
- Strengthen the impact of the Internet Society’s and Internet Society Foundation’s mission and global initiatives with complementary local activities;
- Provide learning opportunities to local Chapters/SIG members and/or the local community;
- Allow the Chapter/SIG to undertake research initiatives that are in-line with the Internet Society and the Internet Society Foundation’s mission
- Engage members and Chapter delegates around a common Chapter/SIG activity that has the potential for longer term benefits;
- 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 for all that positively impacts humanity. The Chapters and SIGs pursue this mission at the local level by developing initiatives, such as events, trainings and research initiatives, within one of the following focus areas:
Strengthening the Internet
- Promoting the Internet Way of Networking
- Extending Encryption
- Securing Global Routing
- Increasing Time Security
- Promoting Open Standards and Protocols
Growing the Internet, including
The Internet Society Foundation may fund projects outside of the focus areas listed above, however all projects must support the overall mission of the Internet Society Foundation.
Please note that the Internet Society Foundation will not consider requests for:
- Support to Regional Internet Governance Forums (IGFs) or Schools of Internet Governance, however we will support Chapter requests for support of National or Local IGFs
- Travel costs to attend events, such as conferences or symposiums
- Equipment costs, such as computers, laptops or projectors
Beyond the Net Small Grants are available to the Internet Society Chapter and SIGs only. Chapters and SIGs must also meet the following criteria:
- Be in good standing (or pre-rejuvenation – on a case by case basis)and meet the minimum Chapter/SIG standards as outlined in the Chapter’s Charter.
- Have an official bank account in their name (based on their legal registration) in order to receive Internet Society Foundation funds.
- Are not undergoing a rejuvenation process.
- Have submitted required funding reports from previous years.
- Are coordinating closely with their Chapter’s leadership to develop their projects.
Any applications that do not meet the above requirements will automatically be disqualified from receiving funding.
Application Review Process
Applications are reviewed by Internet Society Foundation Staff to determine whether they fit the eligibility requirements and programme focus areas. Feedback is provided when decisions are shared, if the application was eligible for funding (see “Eligibility” section above).
Two small grants are available per Chapter or SIG in good standing on an annual basis (per calendar year) at a maximum of USD $3,500 per grant.
The 2020 Beyond the Net Small Grants funding cycle will take place as follow:
- Round 1:
- Applications accepted on a rolling basis: Week of 6 April to 29 May, 2020
- Decisions will be shared on a rolling basis
- Projects can be implemented between 6 April and 31 December, 2020
- Please note: Funding can take up to a month to be issued followed the funding decision
The 2021 Beyond the Net Small Grants funding cycle will take place as follows:
- Round 1
- Applications accepted: 7 September to 31 October, 2020
- Decisions will be shared the week of 30 November, 2020
- Projects can be implemented between 1 January and 31 December, 2021
- Round 2
- Applications accepted: 4 January to 26 February, 2021
- Decisions will be shared the week of 5 April, 2021
- Projects can be implemented between 12 April and 31 December, 2021
- Round 3
- Applications accepted: 3 May to 25 June, 2021
- Decisions will be shared the week of 26 July, 2021
- Projects can be implemented between 2 August and 31 December, 2021
How To Apply
Applications must be completed and submitted online based on the above funding cycle outlined above. Incomplete applications or applications that do not meet eligibility requirements will not be considered (see “Eligibility” section above).
If you have questions about this programme or the application process, please email Beyond_the_Net@isocfoundation.org.