Funding opportunities need to get to us all the fastest, as we usually struggle with the deadlines of the calls, so I thought it would be valuable to everyone to have ha thread were we let each other know about opportunities that might be out there the earliest, so we can all be well prepared for them.
I will be posting the ones I find, I hope we can all do the same!
Starting with this thread, Bluelink shared with us that there is a call for solar energy projects in the global south, and as we all know energy is a prerequisity for connectivity, so projects could go hand-to-hand to provide energy and connectivity.
Deadline: March 7th.
Cloudflare announced Project Pangea to offer its network services for free to eligible non-profit community networks and local networks, including a free on-ramp to internet connectivity for eligible communities.
The project website brings more information about the services and the requirements to apply:
Cisco welcomes applications for Global Impact Cash Grants from community partners to help nonprofits apply digital technology to have the broadest impact in the most economically underserved parts of the world. Programs should identify a significant unmet need exists due to a gap in funding or a need for innovative approaches. The program should address a problem that affects many lives within one of Cisco’s investment areas, and which has severe effects on the lives of individuals and communities within the target area.
$75,000 cash grants are given to proposals that clearly articulate the planned result of their efforts, as well as the metrics to measure that result.
The program needs to use the Internet or Internet-based communications technology to improve the efficiency and reach of program services to the target audience. The design of the program should be easily and cost effectively able to be replicated in communities around the globe, and to meet the needs of the target population. The long-term plan for the program enables it to flourish significantly beyond the resources provided by Cisco.
NEW INTERNET SOCIETY GRANT PROGRAM TO CONNECT THE UNCONNECTED
Nearly 3 billion people worldwide remain unconnected to the Internet and its possibilities. At the Internet Society, we’re committed to growing the Internet, by empowering unserved and underserved communities to build and maintain their own Internet connections. To that end, our new “Connecting the Unconnected” (CTU) program awards funding to support communities in building or improving community networks or other access solutions.
Today we’re excited to announce that the CTU program is now open for applications. A total of eight grants are available, with more to come later in 2023, and funding will be awarded as follows:
· USD $15,000-$40,000 to build new complementary access solutions to connect the unconnected
· USD $5,000-$20,000 to expand or improve existing complementary access solutions to connect the unconnected
The CTU funding program will be open for applications from 14 Feb.
Please note a change in the application process; all applications for funding must be submitted online through the Internet Society Foundation’s grant management platform, and only applications submitted online will be considered.