Foundation expands grant program to Brazil, Ghana, Indonesia

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The Internet Society Foundation has announced the expansion of the Strengthening Communities/Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS) grant program to Brazil, Ghana and Indonesia

The SCILLS grant program aims to play a crucial role in supporting digital transformation, contributing to economic inclusion and increasing educational opportunities by supporting individuals and communities to more skilful use of the Internet.

According to the Executive Director of the Foundation, Sarah Armstrong;

“The growth of the SCILLS program in 2022 – reflected by a doubling in grant funding to $3M and this geographic expansion to now six countries – reflects the Internet Society Foundation’s increasing commitment to promoting equitable digital transformation through Internet skills development. Building on our work to date in Bangladesh, Colombia and Senegal, we look forward to awarding new SCILLS grants that will enable digital inclusion in Brazil, Ghana, and Indonesia as well.” 


Applicant must be a legally registered 501 which is a United States non profit organization that has been approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to act as a tax-exempt, charitable organization.

Other requirements are; “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)

Additionally, the Foundation is seeking applications from organizations that: 

Have deep experience using the Internet as a force for good, as reflected in their organizational purpose, mission, and activities

Have a demonstrated understanding and track record of success in working in one or both of the thematic Focus Areas of economic inclusion and educational opportunities.

Have a deep knowledge of and experience working with intended beneficiary community(ies).”

Selection Criteria

Once prospective applicants are screened for organization eligibility and project alignment in the SOI (Statement of Interest) phase, selective applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

The selection criteria against which the Independent Program Review Committee (IPRC) will review eligible applications is:

The proposed project supports the overall goal of the SCILLS funding program

The proposed project clearly outlines why and how the Internet can be leveraged to effectively address the identified issue or opportunity.”

SCILLS will open for statements of interest in Brazil, Ghana, and Indonesia between 13th June and 5th July 2022

Grants of up to $250,000 USD will be awarded to eligible organisations for projects lasting 24 months.




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