FRIDA is a program by LACNIC that supports Latin American and Caribbean initiatives that contribute to the consolidation of a global, open, stable and secure Internet.
FRIDA was created in 2004 with the support of two Canadian government entities: the Institute for Connectivity in the Americas (ICA) and the International Development Research Center (IDRC). Since its creation, this program has received contributions from the Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC), the IDRC, the Internet Society and the Swedish Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The projects that receive funding are selected through an annual, open and public call for projects and under the guidance of a selection committee comprised of regional experts.
The program provides funding under three thematic categories:
- Internet Stability and Security;
- Free and Open Internet;
- Internet Access.
Under these three topics, FRIDA offers two forms of support - Awards and Grants:
1. FRIDA Awards recognize initiatives with proven impact that have contributed to the creation of an open, stable and secure Internet in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The FRIDA Award consists of a cash prize of US$10,000 plus a fellowship for a representative of the winning project to participate in Awards Ceremony.
2. FRIDA Grants
FRIDA Grants provide financial support to innovative initiatives seeking to promote an open, stable and secure Internet for Latin America.
The grants are financial contributions between US$10,000 and US$40,000 to complete projects up to 12-months long.
If you would like to apply, check out the terms and conditions for each thematic category.
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In the case of the Internet Stability and Security category, applications will be accepted from operators, universities, research centers and government agencies based in Latin America and the Caribbean. Working groups and associations that bring together these actors, such as IXPs, NOGs, university networks and professional networks, may also apply.
In the case of the Free and Open Internet category, applications will be received from operators, universities, research centers and government agencies based in Latin America and the Caribbean.
For the Internet Access category, applications will be accepted from small and medium-sized companies, cooperatives or civil associations seeking to bring connectivity or access to content to underserved communities, universities, research centers and government entities based in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Project proposals will be received until Friday 22 May 2020.
For more information please visit: https://programafrida.net/en/frida-funding-opportunities