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Q5: Projects Funding Initiative

ISOC, through the Project Funding program, also partially funds chapter and members projects, which host a large amount of local discussion and education.

What goals should ISOC pursue with the projects funding initiative? Would you recommend any changes to be more useful for ISOC, chapters and members?

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7 Responses to “Q5: Projects Funding Initiative”

  1. Comment by: Eva Frolich   
    March 9th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I`m not familiar with the detailed conditions regarding funding that the initiator signs off to before funding is agreed to.

    But it sounds natural to me that funding is linked with feedback to ISOC, information how the Local/Regional/Global Inernet Community will benefit from the intiative, etc

  2. Comment by: Eduardo Diaz   
    March 12th, 2010 at 4:40 am

    [EN] The goals should be to support ISOC mission and its core values. We should support more projects geared to educate the population and reduce the digital divide by providing sustainable access to the Internet once the funding expires.

    To promote participation, and share knowledge, all funded initiatives should be documented, evaluated and published so they may be used as reference by interested parties. This will also facilitate the oversight of the initiatives to ensure that funds are being put to good use.

    [ES] Los objetivos deben ser para apoyar la misión de la ISOC y sus valores fundamentales. Debemos apoyar más proyectos orientados a educar a la población y reducir la brecha digital proporcionando acceso sostenible a la Internet una vez que expiren los fondos.

    Para promover la participación, y compartir el conocimiento, todas las iniciativas financiadas, deberian ser documentadas, evaluadas y publicadas para que puedan ser utilizadas como referencia por las partes interesadas. Esto también facilitarÍa la supervisión de las iniciativas y garantizaría que los fondos se están poniendo a buen uso.

  3. Comment by: Michael Nelson   
    March 13th, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Several of the projects funded by the Project Funding program have had an impressive bang/buck ratio. They have helped chapters raise their profile and increase membership. The funding has also leveraged matching funding from companies and organizations. It’s essential that ISOC, when evaluating proposals, look for projects that can be sustained after the initial Project Funding ends.

  4. Comment by: narelle clark   
    March 15th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Over the last few years, Chapters have been able to access funding for some quite effective projects. Packaging up the how-tos and the outputs create ways for other groups to learn and develop.

    Sponsorship to enable participation, through education, or through direct travel or online facilitation really helps to bring the members and target communities on board.

    The fact that these are not necessarily huge projects makes them more achievable, and more viable long term. ISOC does, however, need to ensure that the overhead of administration, either for ISOC staff, or the project participants does not wipe out any benefits.

  5. Comment by: Leonard St-Aubin   
    March 18th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    ISOC’s Project Funding program is an excellent initiative. It appears to have appropriate links back into ISOC’s technical, governance and policy activities. There is a significant opportunity here for “feed-back” loops. The program could serve as a means to help initiate the educational and public awareness-building conferences mentioned in my response to question 4.

  6. Comment by: Lawrence Lessig   
    April 1st, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Expanding the circle: We need to increase the diversity of citizens from around the world who recognize the distinct values and potential of the Internet. I would reach out to partner with organizations that don’t get this yet, and emphasize new audiences to complement more traditional ISOC communities.

  7. Comment by: Richard Woundy   
    April 5th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    The Project Funding program (aka Community Grants Programme) appears to be a well-run effort within ISOC, with straightforward rules for objectives, collaboration, and output per . An excellent example is ISOC Argentina’s IPv6 handbook, ‘IPv6 para Todos’, .

    I have two small modifications to the program for consideration. First, it may be helpful for ISOC’s website to show past project awards and outputs according to topic and geography. That would make it easier to encourage applicants to build on prior work, as well as make it easier for non-participants to find the final output. Right now this information is available on the website according to the award date.

    Second, it may be helpful if chapters had an opportunity to collaborate prior to final approval of a project. For example, there may be cases in which a chapter in the developed world might supply expertise and/or help fund (out of pocket) a project in the developing world. In some cases (which I have seen in other non-profits), chapter members might even volunteer to travel (out of pocket, not funded by ISOC) to help out.

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