Beyond the Net Application Guidelines

Application Guidelines

Each year Internet Society receives more than hundred applications per programme. Please read carefully the guidelines below to help you complete your application:

  • Applications must be aligned with the Internet Society’s values and principles and should address at least one of the Internet Society’s strategic objectives;
  • Applications from Chapters/SIG’s must be the result of teamwork. The role of each chapter member must be clearly described in the application.
  • Applications must demonstrate the ability of the Chapter/SIG team to effectively manage a project and the different activities related to it; budget, timeline, outcomes, challenges, monitoring, reporting etc.
  • Sponsorships or co-funding (in-cash or in-kind) from other entities or local organizations is not mandatory but considered a positive point to your proposal. Any extra support should be indicated on the budget section of the application form.
  • Projects may not be a commercial endeavor subject to taxation.
  • Applicants are required to carefully evaluate projects costs and provide a complete and accurate budget on how the funding will be spent. Follow guidelines on each programme application form.
  • Project Budget indirect costs, for medium and large grants shall not exceed 15% of the total grant amount.
  • All reports from any previously granted Internet Society funding, must have been duly submitted and approved by the respective department.
  • The Internet Society has defined the terms and conditions for the release of grant funds, to comply with US regulations, a grant agreement will be issued by Internet Society and must be signed by one of the members of the Chapter Board. The grant agreement is not valid without an ISOC signature.
  • Applicants are recommended to review the terms and conditions of the grant agreement prior to submitting an application.
  • If selected, grantees must agree to give the Internet Society credit as follows when making public statements about the project – “This project was made possible in part through a donation from the Internet Society” and include the official Internet Society logo with such statement.
  • The Chapter and/or project leader(s) must agree to share the knowledge, experience and outcomes with the Internet Society community at large and must indicate how it plans to do so.

Specific requirements for small projects

  • There is a maximum of $ 3,500 available per calendar year for each chapter in good standing. Chapters may apply for more than one project per calendar year, but within this range of funding;
  • Applications for small projects may be submitted at any time during the year until November 30th. Decisions will be made on an ongoing basis;
  • Projects must be short-term and completed in the current year;
  • Applications received between 1 and 31 December will be considered as applications for a project in the following year;
  • Funding must be used in the current year.

Specific requirements for medium and larger grants

  • Project proposals in which the Chapters will have an active participation must explain the role they play in the project. The participation of the Chapter must be validated with a support letter;
  • Project proposals must demonstrate the ability of the Chapter team to effectively manage a project and the different activities related to it; budget, timeline, outcomes, step-backs, monitoring, reporting etc;
  • The project proposal should demonstrate collaboration with local entities; these ones are encouraged to contribute to the project with cash or in-kind support. To demonstrate this engagement it is recommended to get a support letter from the local partner(s);
  • Project management costs shall not exceed 15% of the total project funding amount. Applicants are required to carefully evaluate projects costs and provide a complete and accurate budget on how the funding will be spent;
  • The project may not be a commercial endeavor subject to taxation;
  • Grants will not be made to cover individual research such as PhD theses or dissertations.

Specific Requirements for Chapterthon Projects

  • All projects should be related to the topic and sub-topics selected for the Chapterthon.
  • The program will allow just one (1) project per Chapter. This means if we receive different projects from the same Chapter, just one of them will be able to participate. In these cases, we will send the competing projects to the Chapter board and they will choose which project will represent them.
  • Participants should finish the project according to provided deadlines. Projects that do not meet these deadlines cannot participate in the contest.
  • Participants cannot ask for extensions of deadlines.
  • Participants that do not provide or send video and reporting on time, will not be able to compete for the prize.
  • The project can be carried out in collaboration or in partnership with another local organization.
  • Negative campaigning against other projects is prohibited. Any team participating in negative campaigning will be disqualified.