chapters are comprised of local volunteers who run programs and activities that support our principles and mission.

Chapter Admin Funding

The Chapter Admin Funding program offers annual funding to support Internet Society chapters to manage their day-to-day activities and to maximise their effectiveness.

Program Objectives

  • Strengthen Chapter and administrative operations
  • Assist Chapters establish as formal legal entities
  • Improve Chapter performance
  • Contribute to maintaining an active and dynamic Chapter Community

What Do We Support

The areas supported by Chapter Admin funding fall into six categories:

  1. Official Registration of the Chapter
  2. General Admin Support
  3. Membership Management
  4. Website Development with Hosting
  5. General Assembly
  6. Marketing, Publicity and Branding

For the full list of supported activities under each of these six categories, please refer to the List of Costs.

The following activities are NOT supported by Chapter Admin funding:

  • Organisation of external events/projects, for this purpose, please apply for Beyond the Net Chapter Small Program
  • Travel costs for Chapter officers, Board members or Chapter members
  • Compensation of Chapter officers for voluntary engagement

Funding can only be used for the purposes listed in the approved funding application.


Chapter Admin Funding is available to Internet Society Chapters only.

Chapters must also meet the following criteria: 

  • Chapter is in good standing (or pre-rejuvenation – on a case by case basis) and meet the minimum Chapter standards as outlined in the Chapter’s Charter Letter.
  • Chapter undergoing a rejuvenation process cannot be considered.
  • Chapter has submitted all required funding reports from previous years.
  • Chapter has an official bank account in its name according to the local legal registration 
  • Any applications that do not meet the above requirements will automatically be disqualified from receiving funding.

Funding Available

The max. amount for which each Chapter is eligible depends on the results of their performance evaluation.

In 2022, the amounts available to each Chapter are based on the Jan 2022 performance evaluation results: 

  • Gigabit: up to 3500 USD
  • Megabit: up to 3000 USD
  • Kilobit: up to 2500 USD
  • Bit: up to 2250 USD
  • In Good Standing: up to 2000 USD
  • In Pre-Rejuvenation: up to 1500 USD (approved on a case by case basis)

Application Review Process

Applications are reviewed by Internet Society staff to determine whether the activities fit the program guidelines. Feedback is provided during this period and, if necessary, staff will reach out for additional information about the submitted application.

Disbursement of Funds

At the time of approval of their application, the Chapter is required to sign the Internet Society Grant Agreement.

Please note that depending on the circumstances (e.g. additional information needed), the review period up to the actual disbursement can take several weeks.

Reporting Requirements

The Chapter is requested to describe and evaluate the activities undertaken and report on the use of admin funds received at the end of the year, based on the originally submitted financial plan.

The Chapter is also requested to keep all invoices for reporting and audit purposes.

In case of non-compliance with these requirements, the Chapter may be asked to return funds to the Internet Society and will not be eligible to apply for future funding.


25 January 2022 – 30 June 2022

Applications Open

1 February 2022 – 31 July 2022

Applications reviewed monthly

30 September 2022

Deadline for signing Grant Agreement*

*Chapters that have not signed their grant agreement by this date will not be able to receive 2022 Admin Funding.

1 February 2022 – 31 July 2022

Admin Funding disbursed monthly upon receipt of signed Grant Agreement

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