Open Technology Fund (OTF) is seeking applications for its Internet Freedom Fund to support projects and people working on open and accessible technology-centric projects that promote human rights, Internet freedom, open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks for at-risk users including journalists, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and every-day people living within repressive environments who wish to speak freely online.
1. Individuals of all ages irrespective of nationality, residency, creed, gender, or other factors, with the exception that OTF is not able to support applicants within countries that the United States has trade restrictions or export sanctions as determined by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC);
2. Non-profit organization/non-government organization, including U.S.-based NGO, PIO, or foreign NGO;
3. Non-profit university or research institution in any country;
4. For-profit organization or business in any country;
5. demonstrated experience administering successful projects, preferably targeting the requested program area, or similarly challenging program environments.
Preference is given to organizations and individuals without a history of prior support, and who have a deep understanding of the surveillance, censorship and security issues affecting communities from the Global South living in repressive environments.
Strong priority goes to projects with the potential for immediate impact and long-term sustainability, and that make intellectual property publicly available via open licensing and open source code.
a) highly values projects that incorporate collaborative partnerships with other organizations and/or individuals within the Internet freedom community or their respective area of focus.
b) awards are performance-based contracts signed directly with the applicant. Payment is issued on completion of stated objectives, activities, and deliverable per a schedule outlined in the contract.
c) reserves the right to award less or more than the funds requested as deemed in the best interest of OTF’s priorities.
d) awards are generally 6 to 18 months in duration.
e) target support ceiling is $300,000, with most supported efforts receiving between $50,000 and $200,000.
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The Open Technology Fund (OTF) is an independent non-profit organization committed to advancing global Internet freedom.
OTF supports projects focused on counteracting repressive censorship and surveillance, enabling citizens worldwide to exercise their fundamental human rights online.
Ideal applicants are making use of, support, or develop open and accessible technologies promoting human rights and open societies, and help advance inclusive and safe access to global communications networks.
Submitting a concept note is always the first step to getting the process started. If your concept note is accepted, you will be invited to submit a full proposal.
Next deadline: May 1, 2020.
For more information, visit https://www.opentech.fund/funds/internet-freedom-fund/