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RIPE NCC Community Projects Fund

The RIPE NCC has supported a range of projects and innovative ideas over its 25-year history, and we are now formalising these efforts through the RIPE NCC Community Projects Fund. We know there's no shortage of brilliant minds in the Internet technical community working on groundbreaking projects, but securing funding to support these projects can be challenging.

The RIPE NCC will provide EUR 250,000 per year to support projects of value to the operation and resilience of the Internet, with a focus on tools and services benefitting the technical community in our service region.

How to apply for funding

If you or your organisation is working on a new or existing project that fits these criteria and needs some financial support to get it off the ground or keep it going, we want to hear from you.

The 2019 call for applications is now closed.

In your application form, you'll be asked to describe the project, provide the amount of funding you'll need and how it will be spent, and give a detailed explanation of how your project benefits the Internet.

Selection process

When the application window closes, a selection committee comprised of a RIPE NCC Executive Board Member and four volunteers from the RIPE community will review and select funding recipients.

Selection committee

The selection committee for the RIPE NCC Community Projects Fund is comprised of four volunteers from the RIPE community and a member of the RIPE NCC Executive Board. The current members of the committee are:

  • Salam Yamout (RIPE NCC Executive Board)
  • Nuno Garcia
  • Andreas Larsen
  • Tim Wattenberg
  • Bert Hubert 

The RIPE NCC sent out a first call for volunteers to serve on the selection committee on 3 August 2017. Each member of the committee has committed to serving a minimum term of one year (and a maximum of three) to ensure continuity.

Funding details

  • A project can be funded more than once
  • There is no minimum amount of funding that must be disbursed each year
  • There is no limit on the number of projects that can be funded per year
  • Funding may be used to purchase equipment, but this cannot be the sole expenditure
  • Funding cannot be used for humanitarian aid, donations, or to encourage political reform
  • Funding cannot be used to provide scholarships or cover tuition fees
  • Funding cannot be used to support any form of commercial activity

The idea behind the RIPE NCC Community Projects Fund was originally proposed to RIPE NCC members as a potential "good of the Internet" initiative during the RIPE NCC General Meeting November 2014 and received initial support at that time. It received further support at the RIPE NCC General Meeting October 2016, and is included in the RIPE NCC Activity Plan and Budget 2017.

Conditions for applicants

  • Any individual or organisation may apply for the RIPE NCC Community Projects Fund for a project that is of justifiable benefit to the Internet, with preference to be given to projects of particular benefit to the RIPE community.
  • The Selection Committee, chosen by the RIPE NCC Executive Board, has the sole discretion to make the decision on what project(s) and for what amount the project(s) will receive funding. This decision is non-reversible. There is no minimum or maximum to the amount of funding, funding per project or projects that will receive funding per year.
  • Applicants may apply as many times as they want for different projects per year. The same project may be funded more than once, but not in the same year.
  • Applicants must complete the online application form and provide full and accurate information regarding their project in order to apply for funding. If after completing the online application any changes arise regarding the application, the RIPE NCC must be informed as soon as possible.
  • Applicants will need to include a full budget breakdown of how the funding from the RIPE NCC Community Projects Fund will be spent and must demonstrate the project's feasibility in terms of cost, procedures, time and available resources.
  • The RIPE NCC may request applicants to provide more details or modify any part of the application at any time during the selection process.
  • The funding shall only be used for the project and cannot be used for, or redirected to, humanitarian aid, donations, political reforms, scholarships, tuition fees or any form of commercial activity. Part of the funding may be used to purchase equipment, but this cannot be the sole expenditure.
  • Applications received by email will not be processed.
  • Completing the online application form does not give any rights to being selected for funding.
  • Part of the selection procedure will be an extensive screening of the applicant, this may include a financial or criminal record check.
  • The RIPE NCC will collect, use and process all information and personal data provided to the RIPE NCC for the purpose of applying for the RIPE NCC Community Projects Fund in accordance with the Dutch and European Data laws and regulations. For more information see RIPE NCC Privacy Statement.
  • The selected applicants shall be asked to sign an agreement with the RIPE NCC regarding the funding and shall agree to The RIPE NCC Community Projects Fund Terms and Conditions.

For more information, email projectsfund _at_ ripe _dot_ net.