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The Community Grants Programme is one of the ways the Internet Society is ensuring the Internet is for everyone

To read updates on all the projects listed below, visit our blog.

If you would like to apply for funding for your own project, visit How to Apply.

Alex Blom, Netherlands Chapter

Following a successful initial phase - developing a mobile application (for iOS and Android) - that enables a user to test in a very simple way whether certain applications are blocked or obstructed by their fixed or mobile internet provider - the current phase of the project aims to generate a public framework for the global governance of identity management solutions.  Major priorities include the preservation of online privacy and multistakeholder participation. The project has the support of several ISOC Chapters, namely in translating the mobile application into local languages.

Davis Onsakia, Kenya, Global Member

The project proposes to develop a software-based volunteer management system accessible over the Internet in order to quickly mobilize volunteers in the country. With Internet-enabled phones, volunteers should be able to know how and where to help immediately when an emergency happens. The project is supported by the Kenyan Chapter.

Juan Carlos Vega, Puerto Rico, Global Member

The project aims to reduce the digital divide by providing training to strengthen the network of Community Technology Centers (CTCs) in disadvantaged communities of Puerto Rico. The centers will help residents of each community achieve their full potential by utilizing the Internet and other technologies, with the long term goal of  positively affecting their socio-economic community development.  The project has the support of the Puerto Rico Chapter.

Ragib Hasan, Bangladesh, Global Member

The project aims to provide free online education and high-quality courses in the Bengali language to rural and disadvantaged students in Bangladesh and India. The platform brings together educators and researchers from all over the world to create free content in the Bengali language on both basic and advanced topics, to develop a model for ultra-low-cost online education for students in the developing world and to serve as an open, free, and cheaper alternative to traditional educational institutions. This project is supported by the Bengladesh Chapter.

Olivier Crépin-Leblond, UK England Chapter

The project builds on an initiative started in 2009 and aims to analyze the rate of IPv6 adoption in a dynamic an innovating way. Analyze results will be provided on automatically updated web pages and displayed per country code top-level domain (ccTLD), per gTLD, per IP address etc. Additionally, the classification of results is user configurable.  Without IPv6 accessible content, it is unlikely that IPv6 Internet traffic will increase.  Thus this project will help governments implement a strategy with regards to their IT procurement and in the provision of e-government services on IPv6.

Teuku Geumpana, Indonesia, Global Member

The project will provide training to 100 local community members in Aceh on cloud gaming technology. By developing community technological knowledge on cloud gaming, the project will empower the creative economy by means of innovative educational methods, which ultimately will aim to produce local, young technopreneurs to surface in the local cloud gaming industry.

SheauChing Chong, Malaysia, Global Member

The project will provide a low-cost productivity enablement collaboration system in the cloud for Non-Government Organizations.  NGOs dealing with low-income and discriminated people receive no or little funds. As a result, they face staff shortage, high resource constraints and huge inefficiencies, rendering their activities inefficient. ECHO, a cloud management integrated (Internet with SMS/MMS) platform, will assist NGOs supporting disadvantaged women in product marketing and activity organizing.

Peter Bloom, Mexico, Global Member

In Oaxaca, Mexico, only 8% of households have Internet service and this statistic is even lower in rural and indigenous communities. The project will take advantage of the network access device people already have, the cellular telephone, and will design, implement and document, through a pilot project in Talea de Castro, a community-managed enterprise that enables access to broadband and mobile telephony at affordable costs and in a way that is sustainable and replicable.

Michael Snell, US San Francisco Bay Area Chapter

The project will bring the reality of ocean pollution to the online community by using broadband satellite Internet connection and installation of a live streaming web CAM on the Project Kaisei vessel. Broadcasting the ocean’s considerable debris by way of live streaming on the Internet is the most effective method for creating awareness about this crucial issue and ultimately creating potential solutions.

Rajendra Poudel, Nepal, Global Member

The project will empower students of 10 government high schools, located around the Mount Annapurna region of Nepal, by offering training on basic Internet skills and thereby discovering a different way of learning and improving their academic performance. The course will include topics related to the Internet ecosystem, the Internet’s historical and technical background, and emerging issues, all of which can directly enhance their educational performance and future career.