The Open Technology Fund’s Internet Freedom Fund

Type of project:  Projects and people working on open and accessible technology-focused projects that promote human rights, Internet freedom, open societies. The fund focused on four key areas: Technology Development – development of innovative Internet freedom technology, prototypes, and projects as well as core infrastructure projects that serve the Internet freedom and human rights communities; Applied Research – this research may include identifying how, why, or where censorship is happening, studying specific Internet freedom tools and ways to improve them, advancing knowledge around what types of content censors target, or assessing threats to Internet freedom in a specific geographic context; Digital Security – OTF aims to fill missing digital security capacity needs for on-the-ground organizations promoting human rights, focusing on those fighting to increase free expression and Internet freedom and; Community Convenings – funding that empowers Internet freedom communities to become stronger and vibrant by focusing on cultivating deeper trust relationships, improving knowledge share and collaboration, and supporting and diversifying the next generation of leaders.

Location: communities from the Global South living in repressive environments.

Eligibility: Non-profit organization/non-government organization, including U.S.-based NGO, PIO, or foreign NGO; Non-profit university or research institution in any country; for-profit organization or business in any country

Grant size: $50,000 – $200,000. Please note this is a performance-based contract with payment issued on completion of stated objectives, activities, and deliverables.

Closing Date: Rolling