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ICANN opens for its $10 million global grant program, how to apply


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has opened applications for the first cycle of its Grant Program.

This initial phase of the global program will include the distribution of up to $10 million in funding to develop selected projects that support the growth of an open, resilient, and globally interoperable Internet.

The program will consider projects that will advance innovation and open standards for the benefit of the Internet community; benefit the development, distribution and evolution of the services and systems that support the Internet’s unique identifier systems; and contribute to diversity, participation, and inclusion across stakeholder communities and geographic regions.

In Kenya, where Internet connectivity is rapidly expanding but still faces challenges of accessibility and inclusivity, participation in the ICANN Global Grant Program presents a unique opportunity. With the potential to develop creative and innovative solutions tailored to the country’s specific needs, Kenyan organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply for this grant program.

“From banking and health to e-commerce and transport, the Internet has become indispensable to our daily lives,” said Sally Costerton, Interim President and CEO, ICANN.

“But there are still far too many people, particularly in less developed countries, who remain offline or who face barriers that prevent them from fully experiencing the benefits that the Internet can bring. Through the ICANN Grant Program, we will support ideas that advance the evolution and innovation of the Internet’s unique identifier systems for the benefit of a growing, more inclusive Internet community.”

The application window will remain open until 24 May 2024 and the tentative timeline to announce the grantees of the first cycle is in January of 2025.

Details about eligibility and submission requirements are available here. 

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