Beyond the Net Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who can apply for Beyond the Net Funding Programme?
  2. How do I know if my project idea is eligible?
  3. How do I submit my application?
  4. When can I submit my application?
  5. Must my application be in English?
  6. Is there a minimum or maximum grant size?
  7. Can I submit an application in collaboration with another Chapter?
  8. What kind of information is required in the application form?
  9. How long will it take to complete the application form?
  10. Who shall I contact in case of problems with my online application?
  11. How does the selection process works?
  12. Who are the members of the Selection Committee?
  13. Must I report on my Project if I am awarded funds?
  14. If I am unsuccessful in winning an award, may I re-apply next round?
  15. Can I retain the intellectual property rights of my project?
  16. Would the Internet Society fund a project twice, over time?
  17. Who can I contact if I have more questions?

 

1. Who can apply for Beyond the Net Funding Programme?

Applications for Beyond the Net funding will primarily be accepted from Internet Society Chapters or projects with an Internet Society Chapter actively involved. However, we will also consider on a case-by-case basis applications from Internet Society members who do not have an Internet Society Chapter in their country.

Wondering if there is a Chapter in your area check: Chapters Map.

2. How do I know if my project idea is eligible?

Eligible projects ideas must be in line with the Internet Society mission and fall in one of the areas of interest.

3. How do I submit my application?

Applications must be completed online, please follow the instructions on the How to Apply page.

4. When can I submit my application?

You can submit your application anytime. However, decisions are made only three times a year. Small Projects will be evaluated continuously. Check our web pages for the next deadline.

5. Must my application be in English?

Your application can be submitted in English French or Spanish.

6. Is there a minimum or maximum grant size?

Grans range from 3,500 USD to 30,000 USD, depending on the size of your project. Find more details on the different types of funding here.

Note: Applications exceeding these amounts will not be considered. In certain cases, the Selection Committee may decide to partially fund an application.

7. Can I submit an application in collaboration with another Chapter?

Yes, two or more Chapters may submit a project proposal. Before applying Chapters should clearly define their roles in the project, e.g. who will manage the funds, who will be responsible for reporting, how will the progress of the project be communicated to each other etc.

8. What kind of information is required in the application form?

The application form is composed of a set of questions that will help the selection committee understand your project. You will be answering questions about: project objective, background, implementation methods, budget, sustainability and replicability.

9. How long will it take to complete the application form?

Although we cannot precisely answer this question, we can recommend you to start planning your project early. Often gathering the information required to complete an application takes longer than expected.

10. Who shall I contact in case of problems with my online application?

Even if applications are completed in ZoomGrants Online Management platform, if you are experiencing difficulties, please contact beyondthenet@isoc.org. Do it as soon as possible to avoid last minute challenges.

11. How does the selection process works?

Depending on the size of your project, your application will be reviewed by the Selection Committee (Medium and Large size projects) or the Chapter Development Manager of your region (Small projects). In both cases, applications are evaluated against the programme grant criteria.

12. Who are the members of the Selection Committee?

The members of the Committee are experts in Internet matters.

13. Must I report on my Project if I am awarded funds?

Yes. We want to hear about your project, and share your story with our membership. The project leader will need to make status reports to the Beyond the Net Programme committee on a schedule that will be arranged with you should your application be successful. When your project is finished, a final report will need to be submitted no later than 30 days after completion.

14. If I am unsuccessful in winning an award, may I re-apply next round?

Yes. We don’t carry forward applications from each funding period, you would need to submit your application again.

15. Can I retain the intellectual property rights of my project?

Any intellectual property of any form that might be developed or created in the performance of the project, will be available to all for the benefit of the Internet Society and Internet communities worldwide at no charge.

16. Would the Internet Society fund a project twice, over time?

Yes, The second grant application would have to show how the project has grown from the success of the first project for us to consider funding it a second time.

17. Who can I contact if I have more questions?

You can contact the Chapter Development Manager of your area and or the programme Coordinator at beyondthenet@isoc.org.