Expanding Internet access, connectivity and resiliency: meet our newest grant cohort

13 March 2023
Chris Gregory Installing a Litebeam aerial on a rooftop

The Internet Society Foundation is committed to supporting projects that expand Internet access, connectivity and resiliency for communities around the world. Since 2021, we’ve awarded a total of 4 million in funding towards these efforts through our Building Opportunities/Leveraging Technologies (BOLT) and Resiliency grant programs. We’re excited to have awarded seven grants to organizations that…

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A more inclusive Internet for who? Non-English speakers in digital spaces

20 February 2023
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Written by Meital Kupfer, Data and Digital Rights Researcher, Pollicy Whose language? What is the language this website is written in? The letters that make up its source code? The very infrastructure of the Web itself? Is the language you write emails, essays and personal WhatsApp messages in the same as the language you grew…

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Building, expanding and securing the Internet: two funding programs now open for applications

14 February 2023
Two men work on a communications antenna in front of a blue sky and hills in the background

Over the past few months, our Internet Society and Internet Society Foundation teams have been collaborating closely to launch our first set of funding programs this year. The two programs we are launching this week – Connecting the Unconnected and Sustainable Technical Communities reinforce our commitment to support communities around the world in gaining greater…

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Announcing our 2022 Research Grantee Cohort

1 February 2023
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Announcing our 2022 Research Grantee Cohort – 18 projects examining the future of the Internet.

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Expanding our Reach and Furthering Our Vision

1 January 2023
Trees and a grassy hill

The Internet Society Foundation (“the Foundation”) exists to support the Internet Society and its mission. The Foundation’s support for the Internet Society started primarily through grant-making in support of the Internet Society’s mission.  This was a way to get the Foundation’s operations running smoothly and to ensure that the grant-making operations were mature for when…

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$1.2 million in funding awarded to support digital inclusion in Bangladesh, Colombia and Senegal

7 November 2022
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We are pleased to announce grant funding to five organizations to promote digital inclusion through the Strengthening Communities, Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS) program. Established in 2020, the SCILLS program aims to expand economic growth and increase educational opportunities by supporting individuals and communities to more knowledgeably and skillfully use the Internet. The long-term aim of…

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Announcing second round of BOLT innovation grants to address Internet connectivity gap

8 August 2022
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We are excited to announce a second round of grant funding to advance Internet access and connectivity around the world through our BOLT program. In its second year, the BOLT grant program aims to support teams of creatives, technologists, and researchers to develop innovative solutions to Internet connectivity, particularly among communities where current technologies are unavailable…

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Announcing $1.5 million in funding to support Internet resiliency

25 July 2022
Two men fitting antennae on top of a room in front of the Himalaya mountains in Nepal

We are excited to announce a second round of grant funding through our Resiliency program, which aims to help communities enhance preparedness and build Internet resiliency when faced with adverse events.  These grants will support projects that increase network resiliency in communities prone to natural and climate-related disasters, ensuring these communities are better able to…

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A necessity not a luxury: the Internet’s role in humanitarian response

22 July 2022
Men wearing Internet Society Foundation and Help NGO shirts assemble a satellite installation on the roof of a building in the Philippines

By Brendan Harvey, Executive Director, Help.NGO What are a human being’s basic needs and how do you meet them? Humanitarians have asked themselves this question since Florence Nightingale served as a nurse during the Crimean war—considered by many to be the first instance of humanitarian action. For Nightingale, the central focus was on medical care.…

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What is in a word? Innovation

6 June 2022
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The Internet Society Foundation believes that innovation is at the core of providing better opportunities for people to transform and enrich their lives through access to the Internet. We award funding to projects that are testing diverse approaches to Internet connectivity and the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team has been asking ourselves some questions…

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