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Beyond the Net Funding Programme

The Internet Changes Everything

At the Internet Society, we believe that the Internet has the power to change lives. That’s why we’ve launched the Beyond the Net Funding Programme, giving everyone the chance to make a positive difference and join us in our mission to provide open, secure Internet access for all.

Our Beyond the Net Funding Programme gives Internet Society members the opportunity to contribute at a local or regional level through an Internet Society Chapter. We support bright ideas that work in partnership with local organisations to empower people around the world.

How Beyond the Net Funding Works

We first started funding community Internet projects back in 2005, and we’ve supported over 180 projects since then. These projects are planned and brought to life by our members.

We’ve helped fund projects covering everything from education and policymaking, from teaching technical skills to at-risk young people, to helping local engineers deploy leading technology.

Examples of successful projects include:

For more project stories please see ‘Previous Projects’ section.

Download “Beyond the Net Impact Report 2016“.

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. 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. We support projects that help the community, providing tools and skills and creating visibility to your Chapter. We offer several programmes:

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    Beyond the Net Funding Programme Chapter Small Projects

    Chapter Small Projects Funding extends its support to small-scale projects that address a unique need of the local community or Chapter.

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    Beyond the Net Funding Programme Medium or Large Scale Projects

    The programme funds innovative projects seeking to improve the quality of people’s lives.

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    Chapterthon 2018

    For 2018, the topic is Internet of Things (IoT) – The future is ours to shape.

Do you have an idea for a project?

We support bright ideas that work in partnership with local organisations to empower people around the world. Check our programmes specifications or join us in one of the upcoming info sessions.

Application Guidelines

Each year we receive more than hundred applications per programme, therefore you should carefully read the application guidelines to help you complete your application.

Terms and Conditions for Internet Society Funding

The Internet Society General Terms and Conditions apply to all our grant programmes. It is important that you read and understand them before submitting your application for funding.

Grants Resources

To help you plan and write your application, we have developed a series of tools, please review them before completing your application.

Beyond the Net Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to most frequently asked questions about the Beyond the Net programme.

Beyond the Net - Information Session

Want to learn more about the different programmes, clarify any doubts or just curious about the different funding opportunities? Participate in one of the upcoming Info sessions.

Beyond the Net Grants and Chapterthon Projects

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    Beyond the Net Grants

    The Beyond the Net Funding Programme is proud to announce the results of our 2018 grant application cycle. A total of 49 applications were received and after a thorough review process 15 amazing projects were selected.

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    Chapterthon 2017 Projects

    Chapterthon is a global Internet Society (ISOC) Chapters marathon, where all ISOC Chapters can participate by developing a project within a timeline and budget to achieve a common goal for the development of education and the Internet. Once the project is finalized, the best project receives a prize.

Beyond the Net Articles

From Idea to Action: Beyond the Net Selects 15 Amazing Chapter Projects!
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Beyond the Net 14 September 2018

From Idea to Action: Beyond the Net Selects 15 Amazing Chapter Projects!

The Beyond the Net Funding Programme is pleased to announce the results of our 2018 grant cycle. A total...

Safe Online, Safe On Land: Promoting Safe Internet Use to Children in Kenya
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Beyond the Net 17 August 2018

Safe Online, Safe On Land: Promoting Safe Internet Use to Children in Kenya

On February 16th this year, MediaNet Works and the Internet Society Kenya Chapter launched “Safe Online, Safe On Land” a...

Las Marías of Azacualpa: Internet for Raising Women’s Voices
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Beyond the Net 2 August 2018

Las Marías of Azacualpa: Internet for Raising Women’s Voices

Azacualpa Yamaranguila, a village in the Intibuca region in Honduras, is celebrating. And not for nothing. Last Saturday was a historic day as they accessed...

Building Awareness of Digital Violence Against Barbadian Women
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Beyond the Net 26 July 2018

Building Awareness of Digital Violence Against Barbadian Women

Research carried out primarily in North America and Europe shows that the most severe forms of online harassment are...

Leading Uruguayan Students to Thrive in the Future Economy
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Beyond the Net 6 July 2018

Leading Uruguayan Students to Thrive in the Future Economy

Current researches show that children are exposed to both increased risks and increased opportunities when accessing  the Internet and...

Montenegro: Learning Coding in Primary School
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Beyond the Net 4 July 2018

Montenegro: Learning Coding in Primary School

Although coding has yet to be upgraded from an extracurricular activity, a growing number of countries are introducing programming...

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