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Beyond the Net Funding Programme

The Internet Changes Everything

At the Internet Society, we believe that the Internet has the power to change lives. That’s why we’ve launched the Beyond the Net Funding Programme, giving everyone the chance to make a positive difference and join us in our mission to provide open, secure Internet access for all.

Our Beyond the Net Funding Programme gives Internet Society members the opportunity to contribute at a local or regional level through an Internet Society Chapter. We support bright ideas that work in partnership with local organisations to empower people around the world.

How Beyond the Net Funding Works

Since we first started funding Internet community projects back in 2005, we have supported over 500 small, medium and large-scale projects, covering everything from teaching technical skills to young people to helping local engineers deploy leading technology.

In 2017, the Beyond the Net Programme provided $ 814,131 in funding for 52 small projects and Chapter events, and 24 large-scale community projects around the world.

For more details, please read online or download our Beyond the Net Impact Report 2017.

Examples of successful projects include:

For more project stories please visit ‘Previous Projects‘ section.

Who can apply?

Applications for Beyond the Net funding will primarily be accepted from Internet Society Chapters or projects with an Internet Society Chapter actively involved. Check if there is a chapter in your country.

What kind of projects do we fund?

We fund projects that support our mission and use the Internet to help change lives. We support projects that help the community, providing tools and skills and creating visibility to your Chapter. We offer several programmes:

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    Beyond the Net Funding Programme Chapter Small Projects

    Chapter Small Projects Funding extends its support to small-scale projects that address a unique need of the local community or Chapter.

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    Beyond the Net Funding Programme Medium or Large Scale Projects

    The programme funds innovative projects seeking to improve the quality of people’s lives.

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    Chapterthon 2018

    Chapterthon is a global Internet Society Chapters marathon. Find out which chapters received the highest number of votes from the community.

Do you have an idea for a project?

We support bright ideas that work in partnership with local organisations to empower people around the world. Check our programmes specifications or join us in one of the upcoming info sessions.

Application Guidelines

Each year we receive more than hundred applications per programme, therefore you should carefully read the application guidelines to help you complete your application.

Terms and Conditions for Internet Society Funding

The Internet Society General Terms and Conditions apply to all our grant programmes. It is important that you read and understand them before submitting your application for funding.

Grants Resources

To help you plan and write your application, we have developed a series of tools, please review them before completing your application.

Beyond the Net Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to most frequently asked questions about the Beyond the Net programme.

Beyond the Net - Information Session

Want to learn more about the different programmes, clarify any doubts or just curious about the different funding opportunities? Participate in one of the upcoming Info sessions.

Beyond the Net Grants and Chapterthon Projects

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    Beyond the Net Grants

    The Beyond the Net Funding Programme is proud to announce the results of our 2018 grant application cycle. A total of 49 applications were received and after a thorough review process 15 amazing projects were selected.

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    Chapterthon 2018 Projects

    The participating Chapters around the world had the same time (45 days) and funding (2000 USD) available to implement a project on the same global topic. This year’s focus was on “The Internet of Things (IoT) –The future is ours to shape”. Forty three Chapters participated in the challenge. Projects are now completed and you are invited to select the project you like most. Watch the 3-min project videos to make your choice!

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    Chapterthon 2017 Projects

    Chapterthon is a global Internet Society (ISOC) Chapters marathon, where all ISOC Chapters can participate by developing a project within a timeline and budget to achieve a common goal for the development of education and the Internet. Once the project is finalized, the best project receives a prize.

Beyond the Net Articles

Community Networks: In Tanzania, Helping to Close the Connectivity Gap
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Community Networks 22 January 2019

Community Networks: In Tanzania, Helping to Close the Connectivity Gap

Community established networks, also referred to as “community networks” (CNs), have existed for many years and provide a sustainable...

Zimbabwe Chapter Meetup on IoT: Converse / Create / Collaborate
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Beyond the Net 3 January 2019

Zimbabwe Chapter Meetup on IoT: Converse / Create / Collaborate

On December 6th 2018, the Internet Society Zimbabwe Chapter held an Internet of Things (IoT) meetup supported by the...

Flor de Ceibo Conecta2: Sharing Experiences
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Beyond the Net 2 January 2019

Flor de Ceibo Conecta2: Sharing Experiences

Today’s guest author is María Julia Morales González, the “Flor de Ceibo Conecta2” project manager and a professor at...

LibreRouter: A Multi-Radio Wireless Router for Community Networks
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Community Networks 28 December 2018

LibreRouter: A Multi-Radio Wireless Router for Community Networks

Since their inception, community networks have depended on modifying existing off-the-shelf routers to adapt them to their particular needs....

Creating Networks – Youth and Internet Governance
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Beyond the Net 20 December 2018

Creating Networks – Youth and Internet Governance

The “Youth Observatory” is a project created by the members of the Youth SIG of the Internet Society, which...

Empowering Moroccan Cooperatives to Participate in the Digital Economy
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Beyond the Net 19 December 2018

Empowering Moroccan Cooperatives to Participate in the Digital Economy

KASBUY is a web platform to help Moroccan cooperatives, especially ones from women, to promote their handicrafts on international...

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