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Emergency Response Grant Programme: COVID-19

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for
Projects that Improve Lives During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Internet Society Foundation

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to improve lives during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended for projects that use the Internet to respond to current needs related to the pandemic, while looking ahead to a possible additional wave. The Foundation is committed to working with organizations that take existing Internet-based technical solutions and apply them to responding to the crisis; or that transition from their “regular” activities to create new projects or reworked technical solutions that respond to the pandemic.

Program Objectives

  • Provide urgent support to produce lasting, positive outcomes in response to a regional or global emergency
  • Help ensure the success of existing Internet-based initiatives and/or help create new ones that encourage long-term resiliency 

Examples of projects that the Foundation may consider for funding and are provided for illustrative purposes:

  • Applications that accelerate and coordinate humanitarian response
  • Services that promote and enable distance learning for students
  • Research and documentation on censorship of COVID-19 public health and safety information or the increasing use of surveillance technology in the name of public health or safety
  • Circumvention solutions that provide access to blocked public health and safety information or directly respond to increased COVID-19-related censorship
  • Platforms that establish new pathways to alternative livelihoods
  • Indexes that demonstrate urban and/or rural pandemic preparedness

The Foundation is interested in funding organizations that:

  • Are committed to using the Internet as a force for good
  • Implement global and/or regional projects with measurable and documented impact on individuals and local communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189494

Estimated Size of Grant:

$250,000 to $500,000

Term of Contract:

Up to 12 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must:
- Be legally registered in their country
- Have an official bank account in their name (based on their legal registration)
- Be equivalent to a United States public charity (or a “501c3” organization)

Internet Society Chapters may apply for the programme if they meet the eligibility criteria, namely, being registered as 501c3 organizations or equivalent and being able to demonstrate past experience in managing grant awards of USD$250,000 or more.

Partnerships are encouraged.

Additional eligibility information may be found here:

Organizations will be asked in the online application form to:
- Demonstrate previous experience in managing grants of at least US$250,000 within a one-year period. Experience in managing subawards to local groups is desirable as well.
- Clearly articulate how the proposed project directly addresses the current urgent period of the crisis while also having direct positive impact during the inevitable “second wave” of the pandemic later this year and into 2021.
- Demonstrate innovative ideas and creative thinking to address this emergency, such as repurposing proven technical solutions to make lasting effect.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted from May 5 to May 17, 2020.

Independent review panel evaluations will take place from May 18 to May 22, and decisions will be shared beginning May 27, 2020.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to register their organization in the Foundation’s grants managements system prior to the application window opening. Please allow adequate time to prepare your registration submission as it will be closely reviewed by Foundation staff.

Organizations may submit as many applications as they wish.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Direct questions to Shayna Robinson, Program Officer

Internet Society Foundation
11710 Plaza America Drive, Suite 400
Reston, VA 20190

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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