Deadline: 1 August, 2018.

NLnet foundation is an independent organisation whose means come from donations and legacies. Its initial capital was gathered in 1997 by the sale of the first Dutch Internet Service Provider. Its private capital ensures an absolute independent position. The articles of association for the NLnet foundation state: “to promote the exchange of electronic information and all that is related or beneficial to that purpose”. NLnet believes in open standards and open source. At the moment, dozens of projects and organizations are supported financially. Amongst them: research laboratory NLnet Labs, WireGuard, ARPA2, NoScript, Unhosted, Lantern Project, Calligra Suite, getdns, Magic Wormhole, Serval, Namecoin, GNUnet, the TOR project and Jitsi. What is perhaps most amazing about this all is the size of NLnet. NLnet does not have huge budgets.

Plenty of possibilities

NLnet Foundation (in Dutch: Stichting NLnet) is a philanthropic (private) not-for-profit organisation that invests its own trust funds to bring the open information society closer. The foundation supports strategic initiatives that contribute to an open information society, especially where these are aimed at development and dissemination of open standards and (network related) open source technology. Additionally the foundation wants to contribute to the societal debate on these subjects.

How does it work

A number of times a year, NLnet offers the opportunity to submit a proposal for support. Deadlines for submissions are announced on the webste. Projects need to be submitted before 12:00 o’clock CET (Central European Time). A project can also be an event or other matter, including travel grants and one-time events such as hackathons, lectures and conferences.

In a short and clear procedure the foundation decides, based on relevance, quality and urgency which initiatives it supports and which it does not. A focus on societal impact and actual usage are considered as positive traits of a proposal. There is one important condition which is that any software or hardware that a project produces must be available under a valid open source licence (GPL, BSD, Apache, etc.).

NLnet foundation supports a large array of activities, from software development, standardisation work and development of educational material up to hacker festivals, digital rights activities and the international development of open source software licences. The NLnet contribution can also be used as so called “matching” for other subsidies from organisations such as the EU and Science foundations.

Do you have a valuable idea in the area of the network and Internet technology, and are you looking for financial means to make your ideas come through? Or do you have an existing project that requires additional means to enable further development? Then submit your proposal to NLnet foundation before the next following deadline and see if we can help you.

Deadline for submission of proposals is 1 August, 2018.

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