Internet Society Foundation

Over the years, the Internet Society has supported inspirational work by people who believe in the power of the Internet.
The launch of the Internet Society Foundation during the first quarter of 2019 was a major milestone for our organization, reflecting the next step in our grants-giving programmes and opening new opportunities for initiatives closely aligned with our mission. As a central source for all of our grants programs, it gives us maximum flexibility to expand opportunities for our community and to extend our reach into new areas where we can make a positive impact.

The Foundation’s grant programmes, as outlined in the 2021 Action Plan, include:
Beyond the Net Funding Programme

Helping Internet Society Chapters around the world implement local and regional projects that advance the vision of the Internet is for everyone.

Strengthening Communities, Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS)

Expanding economic growth, improving health outcomes and increasing educational opportunities by supporting individuals and communities to more knowledgeably and skillfully use the Internet.


Funding global research collaborations that advance understanding of the Internet and its utility for all.

Resilience & Responding to Emergencies (RARE)

Accelerating efforts to help communities enhance preparedness and build Internet resiliency when faced with adverse events such as national disasters.

Building Opportunities & Leveraging Technology (BOLT)

Creating a laboratory of discovery, learning and sharing that will spark greater innovation across the Foundation’s portfolio.


The Foundation will also provide $5 million to the newly-established IETF Administration LLC as part of the Internet Society’s ongoing commitment to a strong IETF.

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Image credits:
– Leading image: © Roopa Gogineni / Panos Pictures
– Beyond the Net Programme image: © Internet Society / Nyani Quarmyne / Panos Pictures
– SCILLS programme image: ⓒ Paula Bronstein/Getty Images/Images of Empowerment
– Emergency Response programme image: ⓒ ISOC Brazil Chapter