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What is Grant for the Web?

Grant for the Web is a $100M fund to boost open, fair, and inclusive standards and innovation in web monetization.

Who’s behind Grant for the Web?

Grant for the Web is funded and led by Coil, working in collaboration with founding collaborators Mozilla and Creative Commons. (Additional collaborators may be added in the future.) A Program Team, led by Loup Design & Innovation, manages the day-to-day operations of the program.

How is Grant for the Web governed?

Grant for the Web operates as an independent program, funded by Coil and guided by the Grant for the Web Charter. Representatives from Coil and the program’s two founding collaborators — Mozilla and Creative Commons — make up the initial Grant for the Web Advisory Council, which governs all programmatic activities. 

In addition to the Advisory Council, Mozilla, Creative Commons, and Coil will each designate an advisor to serve on a Technical Advisory Group. The purpose of this group will be to judge, vet, and make recommendations to guide the direction and strategic aspects of the program, and to review grant applications from a technical perspective and in turn provide recommendations to the Advisory Council.

How do I apply for a grant?

We will release our first formal call for proposals in early 2020. Follow our blog and join our Community Forum to connect with us before then. Our grant application process will include the following aspects: 

• Iterative by design —  We seek to learn from our early grantees and apply those learnings later on to ensure the program is responsive and opportunistic.

• Open, time-bound calls for proposals — Calls for proposals will open for limited times on a rotating basis. Applicants will be asked to fill out a form sharing, at minimum, the names of participants and project details. 

• Criteria rooted in values — Judging criteria will be established by the Advisory Council, and rooted in the shared values of the collaborating organizations.

Grant for the Web will award no less than 50% of all grant dollars each year to content and software projects that will be openly licensed. These grants will support developers, individuals, and organizations seeking to monetize openly-licensed works.

Who can apply?

Anyone 18 years and older, anywhere in the world, can apply for a grant. Individuals, groups, companies, and non-profit organizations will be eligible to apply. Initially, all applications will need to be submitted in English. Awards are subject to compliance with all applicable laws, including those enforced by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

What kind of projects will Grant for the Web support?

Grant for the Web will fund individuals, projects, and global communities that contribute to a privacy-centric, open, and accessible web monetization ecosystem. It will prioritize innovative ideas that incorporate or build upon the Web Monetization standard and protocols.

What won’t the grant support?

We seek to support a safe, respectful, and inclusive community dedicated to building a better, healthier internet. Grant for the Web will not fund projects that endorse bullying, harassment, threats, hate speech, doxing, or harmful or illegal activities. Nor will the grant fund the production or distribution of adult content, spam, or activities in violation of applicable laws. Read our Participation Guidelines to learn more.

What’s your privacy policy?

View Grant for the Web’s website privacy policy.

I have more questions

Please join our Community Forum. Here, you can ask questions and learn from others in the community.