The Web We Want Coalition in collaboration with the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) has announced the launch of its 2015 Small Grants Program.
This Program began in 2014 and supported over 50 initiatives throughout the world. Following this successful debut, the Coalition is seeking to extend grants to projects that advocate for a free, open, neutral, and universally-accessible internet.
This year, grants will go beyond traditional Web We Want campaign issues like surveillance and look at initiatives that grow advocacy communities and enhance capacity to make an impact. In keeping with its mandate and mission, Web We Want continues to encourage organisations from the global South to apply.
The 2015 Web We Want Small Grants Program has earmarked funds for 10 African projects that demonstrate an understanding of the newly-developed African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms that was launched in 2014 and simplifies it in a fun, engaging way.
The declaration was launched by a collection of internet and digital rights organisations. As the Declaration gains traction, Web We Want aims to award grants of $1500 to 10 African organisations that produce animations, songs, videos, or other original works that creatively promote the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms.
Alongside focusing on the Declaration, the Coalition will also take inspiration from past grantees. Previous grant cycles supported ground-breaking initiatives such as citizen engagement and awareness projects in Brazil relating to Marco Civil legislation and NETMundial; a global cartoon contest showcasing an innovative and creative understanding of public surveillance; production of advocacy materials in multiple languages that were distributed to human- and digital-rights activists during Internet Governance Forum in Istanbul; hackerfests in Europe; net neutrality trainings in Cameroon; and many “Web Women Want” projects launched in both Africa and North America.
Applications will be accepted until June 15, 2015 in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese. To apply, visit: