Projects were submitted through a public, global call for proposals launched in late April for three levels of funding: Spark, Mid-Level and Flagship. In less than two months, 286 applications were submitted and reviewed by a panel of independent judges recruited from across the technology, open standards, philanthropy, and arts/culture sectors.
Read more about Grant for the Web’s Spark level recipients:
Atif Ali, Canada
This project aims at creating a no-subscription, no-login, no-ads internet music station based on the micro-transactions streaming ability enabled by the Web Monetization API and the Interledger Protocol.
Caitlin Arcand & team, USA
Using this new and innovative method of monetization – and its profits – to support the writing staff at Ladyspike, the only website of its kind focussing on amplifying voices of women and LGBTQ+ performers in comedy.
Tomás Arias, Argentina
A Dart wrapper around the Web Monetization API, allowing Dart developers – especially beginners and developers with little to no experience with Web Monetization – to easily implement and control Web Monetization on web apps.
Arthur Attwell & team, South Africa
Collecting and sharing data on Web Monetization implemented in the same way across a range of open-content websites to compare results across content genres and territories. Team includes Christina Tromp, Klara Skinner, Lauren Ellwood, and Louise Steward.
Keith Brewster, Canada
Building a framework allowing content creators to design a customer loyalty/rewards program where users earn points by sending micropayments that can be redeemed for exclusive rewards.
Food Rescue Alliance, USA
Assessing the viability of using Web Monetization as a fundraising tool integrated into Food Rescue Alliance's open source logistics web app, a collaboration of thirty-one nonprofits. Team includes Becks Boone, Hayden Dansky, and Blair Young.
Patrícia Carapinha, Portugal
Using the personal website www.pattyalexx.com to raise awareness on Web Monetization, crypto currencies, and the Interledger Protocol, by educating readers that arrive to see other content.
Jason Chrysostomou & team, UK
Creating a prototype Web Monetized news aggregator website exclusively for content from independent not-for-profit media that displays content from multiple RSS feed sources. Team includes Ranjana Peiris and Christopher Chrysostomou.
Alan Dent, New Zealand
Using Web Monetization to provide access to children’s bedtime stories without advertisements and tracking getting in the way.
Miles DeWitt, USA
Implementing Web Monetization features in PeerTube, a federated video sharing platform, giving creators an alternative to YouTube where they can earn money and not worry about fluctuations in ad rates or demonetization.
Ayden Férdeline, Germany
Producing a new season of Power Plays – a weekly podcast that charts how important decisions about the Internet have been made – with a focus on Web Monetization, including the technology itself, the legal and regulatory environment, and possibilities for innovation that it could bring.
Jonathan Gershberg & team, USA
Converting The Nordly – a Minneapolis-based humor site that satirizes the Upper Midwest – to a Web Monetized model to sustainably continue to create locally-focused comedy and support the diverse comedians who make it. Team includes Anna Larranaga, Aron Woldeslassie, and Nate Wong.
Jemima Gibbons & Noam Sohachevsky, UK
Conducting experiments in the creation, distribution, and discoverability of new content for children’s workshops in Design Club’s free and open Resource Hub. The team will educate themselves, their design-led community, and others in the open learning content space about Web Monetization.
Erica Hargreave & team, Canada
Using experiments, interviews, and case studies to create open educational, online learning opportunities around the Web Monetization standard, and to inform sustainable funding models. Team includes Lori Yearwood and Kevin Ribble.
Rabimba Karanjai, India
Providing digital artists and Web Mixed Reality content creators with a consolidated way to monetize their assets and creations using Web Monetization, which can be distributed in different platforms.
Benedikt Kick, Germany
Building and experimenting with a new approach to sharing knowledge on the web, enabled by Web Monetization, that will allow users to have full access to a creator’s shared knowledge, paying them in a pay-as-you-use manner.
Anson Lau, Hong Kong
Creating an educational course conducted in Mandarin for anyone who wants to learn more about the basics of Web Monetization and Interledger in order to grow adoption.
Rashon Massey, USA
Introducing, educating and engaging individuals to/with the tools of Web Monetization via Coil and Puma through the creation of original copyrightable content, with a focus on serving minority groups and women.
MHz Foundation, USA
Exploring a sustainable web monetization model to pay contributors to the Curationist.org platform, an online space and free knowledge project for curating art and cultural heritage for all creative disciplines. Team includes Christian Dawson, Hilary Osborne, Virginia Poundstone, Matt Kennedy, and Amy Sawyer.
Sam Miller, USA
Producing a series of professional whiteboard animation videos in both Spanish and English to demystify for Web Monetization and Interledger Protocol technology and explain the benefits.
Arup Nath & team, Canada
Refining Documento, a platform enabling developers to Web Monetize their documentation, by adding features including a customizable preview for documentations, branch-specific pushes, and support for multiple payment pointers. Team includes Abhinav Chawla.
John Rhea, USA
Writing two short books including one about implementing the JavasScript monetization API that fit into an existing series by the Undead Institute combining pedagogy with humor (and zombies) to make learning fun.
Kyle Ricketts & team, USA
Using live streaming to broadcast full-length performances by the band Sweet Live, and experimenting with Web Monetization-based user engagement and strategic viability. Team includes Cody Fowler and Zach Johnson.
Exploring the feasibility and implementation of Web Monetization in connection with Ampled – an artist/worker-owned cooperative platform allowing direct community support for musicians – along with research of how Web Monetization may be used as an alternative to streaming and advertising models in music. Team includes Austin Robey and Arkadiy Kukarkin.
Patrick Tanguay, Canada
Transforming a static archive of old newsletter issues by breaking them in parts, interlinking them, and making each a part of an evolving corpus of Web Monetized notes, connections, and new insights.
Erika Kitzmiller, USA
Testing a new model for providing essential news to small towns through the development of a sustainable, monetized website that will incentivize local residents to produce original news coverage of their community. Team includes Steve Goss and Letrell Crittenden.