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How to Apply for Beyond the Net Funding

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To make your application as simple as possible, please read these application guidelines before getting started and participate in one of the upcoming Info Sessions.

Who can apply? 

Applications for Beyond the Net funding will primarily be accepted from Internet Society Chapters or projects with an Internet Society Chapter actively involved. However, we will also consider on a case-by-case basis applications from Internet Society members who do not have an Internet Society Chapter in their country. 

Check if there is a chapter in your country

What kind of projects do we fund? 

We fund projects that support our mission and use the internet to help change lives. There are three sizes of grants:

  1. Small projects you can finish in a short time funding (up to 3 500 USD);
  2. Medium-scale funding (up to 10 000 USD) and;
  3. Large-scale funding (up to 30 000 USD). 

Apply for small scale projects

Read more about Chapter Small Projects

Apply for medium or large scale projects

Medium or large scale projects should fall into one of the following areas:

1. Access and Development

Does your project promote the idea of an open Internet? We’re looking for projects that support this by helping to provide equal internet access for everyone.

Example: internet training projects in underprivileged communities

2. Open Standards, Security and Resilience 

Does your project help implement best practices for the use of open standards or increased security? We’re looking for projects that help make the internet a safer place and improve the confidentiality of data while maintaining the principle of the open internet.

Example: installation of IXPs or encryption 

3. Policy environment

Does your project contribute to a local, regional or global discussion of policy issues that affect the open Internet? We’re looking to support projects that continue the conversation about how issues such as online security, privacy, and human rights relate to the internet.

Example: running a policy seminar with a clear goal 

Application Process and Deadlines

Applications for Beyond the Net funding can be sent in all year. Selections results will take place three times a year. Check below for the next available deadline.

To apply follow the next steps:

Step 1: Prepare Carefully by reading the programme Elibigibility criteria and Frequently asked questions

Step 2: Participate in an upcoming Info Session

Step 3: Complete the Online Application Form via ZoomGrants (click on the apply button below);

Apply via ZoomGrants(tm)

  • Applicants are encouraged to create a general Chapter Zoomgrants account rather than an individual account in the name of a specific chapter officer. 
  • Answers to the questions in the Zoomgrants form can be submitted in English, French and Spanish. 
  • A Zoomgrants tutorial can be downloaded here (PDF).

Deadlines for the current cycle

 Deadline for applications (current cycle) -  7 September 2015  

 Selection results - mid. October

Selection criteria

We want to ensure project have a high success rate, so we have rigorous selection criteria. We look at a number of things like: 

  • Originality;
  • The long-term impact of your project
  • The impact on people’s lives of your project
  • Is your community involved?
  • Can the other chapters replicate your project?  

What if your project proposal is successful?

By submitting your project proposal, you agree to the following conditions if your application is successful:

  • Sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Internet Society before receiving funding;
  • Report periodically on the projects progress and impact of the community;
  • Credit the Internet Society.

Learn more about the reporting responsabilities

Any questions?

Feel free to contact beyondthenet@isoc.org or contact your Internet Society Regional Chapter Manager.