Digital Freedom Fund

The Digital Freedom Fund supports strategic litigation on digital rights in Europe through two main activities: 
 
  • Providing financial support for strategic court cases; and 
  • Facilitating collaboration between digital rights actors. 
Where needed, the Fund also assists digital rights actors in finding pro bono legal support to further strengthen their litigation work.
Starting in Q2 2018.

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Knight Prototype Fund: Arts and Technology

How might cultural institutions use technology to connect people to the arts?

Technology can radically advance the way people access and participate in the arts, helping cultural institutions reach people where they are, keep pace with audience preferences and create fresh avenues for creative expression. We are launching this open call for ideas to explore digitally-driven approaches that galleries, museums, performing arts centers, theaters, and arts organizations of all genres might use to inspire audiences.

Knight Foundation will run the call through the Knight Prototype Fund, which helps people quickly develop and test early-stage ideas. We recognize that no single solution fits all contexts and communities. Our goal is to accelerate technology development in the arts, learn from experiments and share lessons with the field.

Applicants don’t necessarily have to work for an organization. We’re looking for ideas from arts organizations, artists, technologists, designers, educators, researchers and others inside or outside of institutions who are eager to experiment. We’re open to diverse approaches and perspectives on the use of technology to connect people to the arts, and seek to identify projects that have the potential to be replicated by others in the field.

We expect to award a share of up to $1 million with an average grant size of $50,000. In addition to funding, grantees will also benefit from training in innovation methods and opportunities to learn from others in the group. The deadline to submit your idea is 11:59 p.m. EST on March 6, 2018. Winners will be announced in May 2018.

If you have questions, attend our office hours from 1 to 2 p.m. ET Feb. 21. Join here.

Update Feb. 21, 2018: If you missed our office hours session, check out a recording to get your questions answered.

Apply

https://www.knightfoundation.org/challenges/knight-prototype-fund/

U.S. based individuals or organizations (both nonprofit and for-profit) may apply.

Mozilla Research Grants

Mozilla is dedicated to keeping the web open, healthy, and accessible to everyone. As part of that mission, they provide research grants to universities, labs and research-focused registered non-profits working to make the internet a better place.

Research Domains

We fund research in a wide variety of ways, including building new technologies, improving existing technologies, and studying how people use technology. Our research domains include Emerging Technologies’ four core areas:

  • Open Web Platform, such as Rust, Servo and Daala. We recently funded projects testing the Rust and bindgen compilers, and implementing Typed WebAssembly.
  • Mixed Reality, including virtual reality and augmented reality. In 2017 we funded a study into gender differences in virtual reality, and another exploring how to design pro-social norms in VR.
  • Speech, Language & Assistants: recent funded research includes improvements to word2vec; aiding the creation of a corpus of human-chatbot interaction open data; and mining translations from existing webpages.
  • New Explorations: We have funded proposals to design more usable IoT access controls; family use of IoT; and building distributed computing in remote islands

We also fund research relevant to Mozilla in other ways:

  • Firefox: We funded a study to understand how users think Private Browsing modes work and how they actually work, as well as a study exploring older adults’ use of the internet.
  • Internet Health: Funded proposals have included studies of the ethics of hacktivism and evaluating add-ons to understand their privacy implications.
  • Accessibility: We have funded the creation of a corpus of unambiguous data for evaluating text entry for blind users, as well as tools to improve privacy and accessibility of web extensions.
  • Inclusion: We believe in the value of inclusive innovation and impact, continuously exploring new possibilities with and for diverse communities, and have funded projects that include studying ways to ameliorate harassment in streaming video and encouraging computer science education for youth.

In addition, we’re always interested in projects that explore answers to difficult questions impacting the open web, such as:

  • Developing open data resources and allowing for data portability
  • Exploring reasonable ways to balance advertising and privacy
  • Improving web anonymity
  • Developing open identity solutions and open standards for encrypted messaging
  • Researching alternatives to advertising to fund internet experiences
  • Finding ways to improve the decentralization of the internet away from closed-source software and closed-source data
  • Exploring issues related to vulnerable populations, and improving diversity in open-source software

For more detail, here are the previous funding announcements:

While we do fund a wide variety of domains, this program is for funding research.

Submitting a Funding Request

UPDATE: Submissions for 2017H2 are now closed. We will announce the 2018H1 program in Spring 2018. To be notified about these or related opportunities for collaboration or funding, join this mailing list.

Applications must be affiliated with a university, research institute or research-focused registered non-profit, in any country (except for those embargoed by the US State Department). University-affiliated applicants can be students or faculty; students will require a letter from their advisor. We encourage the submission of small, focused proposals, and we expect the timescale for most projects, not counting final publications, will be around one year. In general, we cap individual grants at $50,000. As part of our commitment to diversity, we will fund childcare up to 10% of a grant, with a cap of $5000, not counted as part of the $50,000 cap. We particularly encourage applications from new faculty in their first or second years. Funding is given as an unrestricted gift to the institution. We do not pay university overhead.

Proposals must include a plan for disseminating the results, which would normally include publication in a peer-reviewed and open-access venue, and we encourage you to make any resulting publications, results, code, and/or data publicly accessible. We will pay open-access fees for not-for-profit publishers included in your budget. In the interests of transparency, we ask you to acknowledge Mozilla’s support in your publication, and send it to us when it gets published. We particularly encourage grant recipients to further publish their work in a format more accessible to the public, like blog posts or articles in the popular press.

Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

OSIEA plays an active role in encouraging open, informed dialogue on issues of importance in Eastern Africa. Through a combination of grant making, advocacy and convening power, OSIEA is able to support and amplify the voices of pro-democracy organizations and individuals in the region and to strengthen their capacity to hold their governments accountable. This includes efforts to defend and support rights activists and pro-democracy advocates who come under attack for their work.

OSIEA occupies a unique niche as a donor organization in Eastern Africa. We are both a donor and implementor working locally and internationally, which gives us an enormous flexibility in terms of reach and impact.  We join processes that are consultative and participatory. Our ability to be flexible in our funding criteria allows us to respond quickly to changing situations. We add our own voice to debates and are not shy to take on rights issues that are deemed as politically sensitive or controversial.

We support initiatives with a demonstrated capacity to positively transform society in innovative ways that embrace inclusiveness and diversity.

Eligibility Criteria

OSIEA supports projects in the following programmatic areas:

  • Democratic governance and rule of law

  • Economic governance

  • Health and rights

  • Equality and non-discrimination

Grant seekers should carefully review our program priorities on our webpage to better know what we fund under each of the focus areas.

Ineligibility Criteria

The Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa does not fund travel to attend conferences, seminars or workshops.

We also do not provide scholarships for individual studies.

Guidelines

Grant application PDF

Please submit proposals to info@osiea.org.

Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind

The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (fph) is a foundation under Swiss law. Our aim is to contribute to the emergence of a global community. Our work focuses on governance, ethics and sustainable living modes.

In 2015-2025, in the continuity of the previous period, the action of the foundation is structured into four areas focusing on:

  • lifestyles and socio-economic organization in a post-consumerist perspective: Transition to sustainable societies;
  • regional cooperation in a multipolar world, and the necessary legitimate governance to gain the support of the people: legitimate governance and regional cooperation;
  • liability and responsibility from a socio-professional perspective: Responsibility and Ethics;
  • information for social change: Methods and tools for information and dissemination of ideas.

How to apply for funding

A funding application should include the following elements:

  • a description of the stakes considered and their relevance in regard of the three themes: governance, common ethics, and sustainable society,
  • the state of the art of the various stakeholders already involved in the field, their aims, and strategy. It is essential that applicants demonstrate a great insight of the environment they pretend to influence,
  • a description of the strategy proposed that has to be relevant in regard of the above overview. It is important to show how this strategy might influence and modify the existing state of play.
  • a description of the necessary human, intellectual and financial resources to successfully implement the strategy.

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http://www.fph.ch/

The french version of the website is much more complete.

Media Democracy Fund Fellowship

Ford/MDF Technology Exchange Matching Fund

Launched in 2015, the Ford/MDF Technology Exchange Matching Fund (TX) creates opportunities for emerging technology leaders around the world to gain experience working with civil society organizations on Internet Freedom issues.

The program identifies candidates from the applicant pool of the Ford-Mozilla Open Web Fellows programand the Ford Technology Fellows program, and matches them with US-based and international grantee organizations from the Media Democracy Fund and Ford Foundation Internet Freedom portfolios.

Supplemented by a matching grant from Ford/MDF, each selected host site creates a full-time staff position that lasts at least 12 months and provides participants with a salary, benefits, and professional development opportunities. We hope that, in some cases, these will become permanent staff positions.

The TX staffers work on a range of substantive projects at the leading edge of technology, policy, and social justice.

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http://mediademocracyfund.org/matching-technology-talent-with-frontline-social-justice-organizations/ 

Amplify Change Strengthening Grant

Strengthening grants support particular, usually time-limited, projects (usually 6-24 months) that seek to engage and contribute to bringing about change in one or more of the priority themes of AmplifyChange.

Strengthening grants range from EUR40,000 – EUR100,000.

We receive strong competition for Strengthening grants. Therefore, we encourage applicants to provide realistic budgets to match their proposed approach, and not just apply for the maximum amount available.

We will not consider grants exceeding EUR100,000 in budget.

There may be a possibility of extending the period of support. This will be advised at a later date to successful applicants, and will be subject to performance.   

Who and what are Strengthening grants for?

Strengthening grants are intended to do what their name suggests – to support and strengthen the work of small to medium civil society organisations, partnerships and coalitions who are operating at a local, community, district or national level.

Strengthening grants are also intended to help strengthen the organisational and technical capacity of groups; we understand that this enables groups to better implement projects that are aiming to secure specific change.  

See eligible countries.

What was the last Strengthening grant call for?

The last Strengthening grant call focused on supporting the advocacy efforts of civil society organisations seeking to bring about positive policy and reform in AmplifyChange priority thematic areas.  

We can provide support to cover costs related to:
  • Implementing specific activities in line with one or more of the AmplifyChange thematic areas
  • Staff costs including support staff
  • Technical assistance costs
  • Travel costs associated with the project objectives and activities
  • Organisational capacity building and strengthening support including staff training and development
  • Activity Monitoring & Evaluation costs
  • Indirect project support costs. These are expenses which are incurred in the support of operational activities including, for example, rent, shared utility costs and audit fees.

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https://amplifychange.org/grant-model/strengthening/how-to-apply/

Mama Cash – Grants for feminist women and trans groups

Mama Cash supports groups and initiatives that:

  1. Work from a feminist and/or women’s rights perspective Example: A group working on women and housing puts the particular experiences of women at the core of its work and therefore is able to speak about the ways in which the barriers women face in accessing decent and affordable housing are different from the barriers men face. They also speak to the challenges of different groups of women (e.g. urban women and rural women) in accessing housing. They are able to explain how these challenges to accessing decent and affordable housing relate to the economic policies being implemented in their country.  Finally, the solutions that they propose integrate all these elements.
  2. Are self-led by the women, girls and/or trans* people they serve Example: If a group is working on trans* rights, it should be trans* people deciding about the groups’ policies, activities and how their money should be spent. The spokespersons for the group should be trans*, as well as those being paid. Non-trans* or cis people can also work for the group in different capacities providing they are not the ones leading it.
  3. Have the promotion of women’s, girls’ and/or trans* people’s human rights as their primary mission, and not just as the focus of part of their programmes Example: An organisation advocating for girls’ access to reproductive health services and whose mission states: To ensure the fulfilment of the sexual and reproductive rights of girls.
  4. Push for structural and fundamental change Example: An Indigenous women’s group provides health services to other Indigenous women in order to respond to their immediate needs in the short-term. But the group also works to tackle the fundamental barriers to accessing such services so that other Indigenous women they can’t or don’t reach can also benefit in the longer-term.
  5. Focus on issues that are under-addressed and/or contested Example: In an environment where governments and NGOs are heavily investing in addressing HIV and AIDS in women of reproductive age, a group of post-menopausal women living with HIV and AIDS organise for their rights and try to make their concerns heard when they are not considered important or urgent in their context.

Mama Cash prioritises groups and initiatives that:

Have an annual budget below 200,000 euros

Mama Cash may partner with larger groups through the Accompaniment portfolio (formerly known as our Strategic Partnerships Portfolio) but will not prioritise providing financial support to them through our thematic portfolios (Body, Money and/or Voice)

Do you want to see examples of the kind of groups Mama Cash supports? click here >>

B. Who & What does Mama Cash support?

Mama Cash makes grants in most countries of the world. Even though contexts are significantly different, we have found that the concerns of some specific groups of women, girls and trans* people tend to be unaddressed and/or contested in most societies (and social movements). So these groups are often found among our grantees.

Mama Cash focuses on three broad thematic areas – Body, Money and Voice – and supports groups whose work falls within them (for further information, see here).

For example, Mama Cash supports groups that work on:

  • Forced sterilisation of women living with HIV and AIDS
  • Exclusion of Indigenous women from decision making over their land
  • Labour rights of women and trans* people in sex, domestic or industrial work
  • Rights to water, food, and a clean, safe, and healthy environment
  • Confronting legal and social discrimination against lesbian and bisexual women, or against migrant and refugee women
  • Sexual rights of women, girls and trans* persons living with disabilities
  • Decision-making for girls and older women (65+) about their lives (education, health, relationships)
  • Political and public participation for women, girls or trans* persons from ethnic or religious minorities

This list is merely indicative. Mama Cash is open to supporting groups organising on other issues that are relevant for their context and have not been mentioned, provided they meet the criteria.

C. What Mama Cash does not fund

  1. Groups whose mission and/or primary focus are not the promotion of women’s, girls’ or trans* people’s human rights
  2. Groups whose work focuses primarily on improving the lives of individual women, girls and/or trans* people without addressing the conditions that give rise to the injustices they face
  3. Groups that actively seek to deny the rights of certain women, girls and trans* people, based on who they are or on their position in society
  4. Groups whose primary purpose is development work, humanitarian assistance, poverty alleviation, or services, such as:
  5. Income-generating activities and credit programmes, (In)formal education, literacy programmes and traditional skills training, Providing social, legal or health care services
  6. Groups led by men (with the exception of those led by trans men)
  7. Groups based in the United States or Canada
  8. Groups based in the Global North that are executing programmes in or are leading partnerships with groups based in the Global South and East
  9. Groups founded by, led by, or structurally or economically dependent on political parties, government agencies, or religious institutions
  10. Businesses
  11. Individuals
  12. Academic research or scholarships
  13. Stand-alone travel grants (costs for travel can, however, be part of broader applications provided they are consistent with the group’s mission and strategies)

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http://www.mamacash.org/apply-for-a-grant-2/womens-girls-and-trans-groups/our-priorities-and-themes/

Mediterranean Women’s fund

The Mediterranean Women’s Fund tries to finance projects of women’s rights associations in Algeria, France, Turkey, Morocco and in Palestine.

MISSION

To provide, or help to find, the financial or technical means which are needed to fund actions decided by those groups, associations, organizations or individuals who are working towards equality between women and men in the Mediterranean region.

PROGRAM TO REINFORCE THE FUND-RAISING CAPACITIES OF ASSOCIATIONS

The Fund has three main axes of support:

  • Networking at a regional level: network building, exchange of information and experiences, project coordination
  • Strengthening of women’s movements at a local level: Support for the running of associations, training for young women and assistance for creative or sensitive projects
  • And depending on the context, individual support:  help for participating at meetings or urgent aid

It provides support to associations and networks of the Mediterranean region by:

  • Providing information concerning funders who work in the region
  • Encouraging members of associations to participate in training programs for project construction, financial budget management and fund-raising
  • Helping the creation of local funds

Criteria

http://www.medwomensfund.org/Documents/en/CriteriaMedWomenFund.pdf

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http://www.medwomensfund.org/en/Initiatives.html#financing

TANDEM Europe

The system is broken and rather than fixing it, we propose changing it.

We observe that our societies in Europe and beyond become more and more fragmented, alienated, radicalised and unjust. Symptoms include the rise of populist and fascist leaders, elites accumulating more power and wealth while many do not benefit from increasing welfare levels, climate change reaching one point-of-no-return after another, scientific facts are labelled ‘fake news’, and meanwhile the arts and cultural practice receive less and less public funding. The system is broken and rather than fixing it, we propose changing it.

We believe that new initiatives are important creators of social good. By connecting them across European borders we support meaningful change.

For one year, 24 cultural organisations and creative initiatives from all 28 EU member states, as well as the Western Balkans, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, will form 12 cross-border collaborative Tandems. In October 2017, up to 40 project managers and/or creative project coordinators will join the Tandem Partner Forum where they can form a European partnership with another Tandem candidate organisation of their choice. After the Partner Forum, a jury will select the 12 most promising Tandem proposals for participation in the main programme phase.

Throughout the following year, selected participants realise a 2-week work placement at their new Tandem partner organisation. During their vocational visit, Tandem participants become directly involved with their partners’ organisational working environment and get hands-on insights into local socio-economic and cultural realities. Spending two mutual placement weeks together on site will provide participants with the necessary shared working time for co-designing, testing and realising their pilot collaboration initiatives. Each Tandem will receive modest start-up funding (€ 5000) for bringing their cultural innovation idea to life.

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Tandem Europe II: application closed