My Apply
My Apply

Community Prototype Fund

I have an idea!

You came to the right place! OTF’s Community Prototype Fund was created to help the community bring to life ideas that help advance inclusive and safe access to the Internet by supporting the rapid development of innovative, viable and open Internet freedom prototypes.

If you have an idea and don’t have the time or capacity to carry it out, but you believe strongly it should exist, the Community Prototype Fund is there for you! The Community Prototype Fund was created in order to help connect activists on the ground with good ideas to the global internet freedom community of eager technologists and activists with the experience and capacity to help innovate solutions to some of the world’s hardest problems.

Before you start, ask yourself the following questions:

Upon submission success, the page will present a confirmation and you will receive an email confirmation. If you do not receive either, please try to resubmit or email us at [email protected]

Before completing a submission, we strongly encourage you to review theOTF Applicant Guidebook and our Terms of Service. If you have any questions at all, please email us at [email protected]

In as few sentences as possible, please describe your idea. If it contributes to a larger effort, or is the first step towards a bigger target, include that information here!

The Community Prototype Fund helps serve the immediate needs of the Internet Freedom and Human Rights community. Please describe who will directly benefit from this effort in specific terms and how well you know them. Hint: "Everyone" is not an acceptable answer for the Community Prototype Fund.

Does it address a problem that is not being addressed? Does it ask and answer questions that haven’t been asked before? Does it try and prove that a unique and innovative solution exists for a problem that hasn’t been tried before?

The Community Prototype Fund was created in order to help eager technologists and activists to help bring ideas curated from those who need them to life. In the next section, if you want to build this idea yourself, and looking for funding from us to do so, then you can tell us exactly how you plan to bring this idea to life.

Alternatively, if you just think it's a good idea, but you don't have the time or capacity to work on it yourself, you can choose the second option, and we will take your idea and share it with our community, and hopefully find someone who we will support to bring the idea to life. Please note that for this process to work, you will be giving up ownership over the idea.

Briefly and clearly list key milestones, objectives, and/or activities briefly. These should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-relatable. Bulleted lists are ideal.

An estimation in weeks, Applications that request more than 12 weeks may be deemed technically ineligible.

An estimation in United States Dollars e.g. $1500, $3000, or $6000. Applications that request more than the award ceiling of $6000 may be deemed technically ineligible.

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