BOLT Empowering Innovation for Global Internet Access 2024 Grant Program (Up to USD 300,000)

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Applications are currently open for the BOLT Empowering Innovation for Global Internet Access 2024 Grant Program. Successful applicants can win up to USD 300,000). Apply Below: 

When is the Application Deadline:

The application deadline for the BOLT Empowering Innovation for Global Internet Access 2024 Grant Program  is 6 August 2024 at 21:00 UTC

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Tell Me About The BOLT Empowering Innovation for Global Internet Access 2024 Grant Program:

The Internet Society Foundation is excited to unveil the 2024 edition of the Building Opportunities/Leveraging Technologies (BOLT) Grant Program. The BOLT Grant Program focuses on developing access and connectivity solutions in communities where current technologies are not easily accessible or available. By providing grants of up to USD 300,000, the program aims to support the creation of innovative prototypes and pilots that can bridge the digital divide and bring secure, affordable Internet to more people. 

Additionally, in 2023, the BOLT Grant Program made significant strides, impacting over 93,000 individuals, including women, students, and indigenous communities. These efforts have opened new opportunities for education, communication, and economic development in various parts of the world. 

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Which Fields are Eligible?

This initiative supports innovators who aim to improve Internet access and connectivity in unconnected or underserved communities worldwide.



Who can Apply for the BOLT Empowering Innovation for Global Internet Access 2024 Grant Program?

Also, to receive funding from the Internet Society Foundation, all applicant organizations must meet the following three (3) requirements:

  • Be a legally registered 501(c)(3) OR equivalent. (Before awarding funds to any organization, the Foundation will verify this equivalency)
  • Possess alignment with the purposes and activities of Internet Society (ISOC), the Foundation’s supported organization
  • Have an official bank account in their name (based on their legal registration)

NOTE: For our grant programs that accept applications from individuals, information about basic requirements can be found on the respective program pages.

How are Applicants Selected?

Assembled teams/collectives will be asked in the online application form to:

  • Clearly articulate how the proposed project directly addresses the objectives of the BOLT program
  • Demonstrate their affiliation with an organization that is a 501(c)3 or equivalent

An Independent Program Review Committee (IPRC) will determine the success of eligible applications based on the following:

  • The proposed project effectively responds to an identified need
  • The team demonstrates the necessary knowledge, experience, and capacity required to successfully implement this project
  • The project team has identified relevant outcome indicators that demonstrate sufficient impact, relative to the funding level.

Which Countries Are Eligible?

All countries 

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Where will the Award be Taken?

Successful applicants Countries 

How Many Awards?

Not specified

What is the Benefit of the BOLT Empowering Innovation for Global Internet Access 2024 Grant Program?

Grants of up to USD 300,000 will be awarded for projects up to 18 months in duration. Read about the current BOLT projects.

How Long Will the Award Last?

18 months

How to Apply:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to register their organization in the Foundation’s grants management system Fluxx prior to the application window opening. Please note that the registration process can take up to two days to complete after creating an account. Only applications submitted in the Foundation’s grants management system by the deadline will be considered for funding. We encourage you to submit your application early

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