Internet Freedom Funding Opportunity: State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL)
The US Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) recently announced two exciting Internet freedom funding opportunities: one in support of censorship circumvention technologies, and the other in support of a range of potential activities and projects including anti-censorship technology development and support, digital security, policy and advocacy, and research.
DRL is interested in supporting anti-censorship tools that “provide civil society actors and marginalized populations around the world with long-term, reliable, uncensored access to the global Internet.”
Looking to support relatively established tools, DRL seeks those with a “significant existing global user-base” which have exhibited a “proven track record of successfully circumventing online censorship in highly restricted environments.”
Emphasizing sustainability, a performance period of “between two and four years” is anticipated, with the expectation that projects also have a plan for “long-term sustainability beyond the life of the grant.”
DRL is looking to support “one to two successful applications” with an anticipated available support pool of “approximately $5,000,000.”
The deadline for this request is August 26, 2016.
For a more detailed description and instructions on how to apply, check out the full “Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO): Internet Freedom Core Support for Anti-Censorship Technology” at http://www.state.gov/j/drl/p/258417.htm.
A diverse range of possible projects fall under this request. Though not mandatory, projects may address:
anti-censorship technology development and support;
digital security training, support, and resource development;
policy and advocacy efforts to “counter restrictive Internet laws” and support Internet freedom-friendly policies; and
research efforts that include “real-time monitoring and analysis” of censorship events and “global assessments of Internet freedom threats, opportunities, and trends.”
There are two deadlines for this request: August 26, 2016 and February 10, 2017.
For a more detailed description and instructions on how to apply, check out the full “Request for Statements of Interest: DRL Internet Freedom Annual Program Statement” at http://www.state.gov/j/drl/p/258417.htm.
For a full list of Internet freedom-relevant funding opportunities, see our list of alternative sources of support.