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Emergency Response Grant Programme: COVID-19

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for
Projects that Improve Lives During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Internet Society Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/19/21

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for projects that improve lives during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support projects that use the Internet to respond to needs related to the pandemic, with a focus on vulnerable and disproportionately affected communities.

The Resiliency and Responding to Emergencies (RARE) grant program accelerates efforts to help communities enhance preparedness and build Internet resiliency when faced with adverse events such as national disasters.  The program consists of two components: Emergency Response and Resiliency (launching later this year).

The Emergency Response Programme provides funding to organizations working on projects that utilize the Internet to improve lives during or in response to an emergency situation. In 2021, the Foundation’s focus will be on projects that continue to respond to COVID-19 by connecting vulnerable and disproportionally affected communities to the Internet.

Program Objectives:

  • Provide urgent support to produce lasting, positive outcomes in response to a regional or global emergency.
  • Help ensure the success of existing Internet-based initiatives and/or help create new ones that encourage long-term resiliency. 

2021 Focus: COVID-19

As the global coronavirus pandemic continues to impact communities, society has grown more resilient and has found new ways to cope with the disruption to lives. However, as communities adapt to a new normal, the challenges ahead have also changed and reflect the need to solve different types of problems in response to the pandemic. The Foundation believes the Internet continues to play a critical role in promoting healthier and safer communities, reducing vulnerabilities, and building resilience as society looks ahead.

The Foundation is committed to working with organizations that seek to connect vulnerable and disproportionately affected communities to the Internet in order to respond to challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. This includes establishing new networks, improving network access, and/or increasing network reliability, speed, or security. Projects should take into account the digital ecosystem of affected communities and be responsive to technological needs at the local level.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189494

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of $250,000 to $500,000 USD will be awarded.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded for projects lasting up to 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to receive funding from the Internet Society Foundation, all applicants must meet the following basic requirements. Organizations must:
- Be legally registered in their country
- Have an official bank account in their name (based on their legal registration)
- Be equivalent to a United States public charity (or a “501c3” organization)
Before awarding funds to any organization, the Foundation will verify this equivalency.

For this program, ineligible applications:
- Do not propose Internet-based interventions
- Are submitted by an individual, rather than an organization
- Do not directly address the COVID-19 pandemic

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Timeframe
- Applications accepted: 9 March to 19 March 2021
- Decisions shared: Beginning 6 April 2021

Applicants are strongly encouraged to register their organization in the Foundation’s grants managements system prior to the application window opening. Please allow adequate time to prepare your registration submission as it will be closely reviewed by Foundation staff.

Eligibility: https://www.isocfoundation.org/resources/grantee-eligibility/

Internet Society Mission: https://www.isocfoundation.org/resources/grantee-eligibility/

Application Guidance: https://www.isocfoundation.org/resources/grant-application-guidance/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply at https://isocfoundation.fluxx.io/user_sessions/new.

If you have questions about this programme or the application process, please email RARE@isocfoundation.org.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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