Press Release

Internet Society Foundation announces new round of funding to promote Internet resiliency

Thu 27 Jul 2023

The Internet Society Foundation has launched a new round of grants through its Resiliency program, which aims to help communities enhance preparedness and build Internet resiliency when faced with adverse events.

This funding will support projects that increase network resiliency in communities prone to natural and climate-related disasters, ensuring these communities can prepare for and withstand the effects of a disaster on Internet connectivity.

“Internet connectivity becomes a vital tool when disaster strikes, both for people in need and those responding to the emergency.

“These grants will support communities to re-establish Internet connectivity when needed, as well as enhance preparedness and build the capacity and resilience to navigate future emergencies,” said Sarah Armstrong, Executive Director of the Internet Society Foundation.

Examples of the types of projects the Foundation will support include: supporting development of community networks, protecting data centers and Internet exchange points (IXPs) against environmental threats, fortifying sub-sea cables and/or stations, and supporting Internet service providers (ISPs) to upgrade infrastructure.

Organisations currently implementing projects around the world through our Resiliency grant program include: Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (US), Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (India), Help.NGO (US), Research Education Network Uganda (RENU) and Télécoms Sans Frontières (TSF).

The Internet Society Foundation Resiliency program will open for applications between 20 July 2023 and 15 September 2023. Grants of $250,000 to $500,000 will be awarded for projects lasting up to 12 months.

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