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Open Technology Fund (OTF): call for applications for Internet Freedom Fund 2020

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 12, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on April 30, 2020
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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.

Eligibility:
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.

OTF:
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.

Utilize This Offer

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/

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 12, 2020
Apr 12, 2020

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too! They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Apr 13, 2020
Apr 13, 2020

This sounds great. Thanks, Ana.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 13, 2020
Apr 13, 2020

Thanks.

Jill Langhus
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

You're welcome.

Hope you and your family are safe and well?!

Sinyuy Geraldine
Apr 18, 2020
Apr 18, 2020

Thanks dear Ana.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 20, 2020
Apr 20, 2020

Welcome!

Republicans of Mozambique
Apr 18, 2020
Apr 18, 2020

Hello Ana,
Please accept my applause because because I think that you as well are doing an incredible good job here in World Pulse. From the deep of my heart, I wish good luck, lots of success, prosperity and health for you your family and everyone around you . Thank you and God Bless.
Ilda Maria

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 20, 2020
Apr 20, 2020

Thanks.
I wish you too good luck, lots of success, prosperity and health for you your family and everyone around you.
Best.