In the spirit of Sir Tim’s vision, Grant for the Web – a collaborative partnership between Mozilla, Creative Commons, and Coil – was launched to champion a web that provides openness and opportunity for everyone. Mozilla’s mission is to protect the open web and advance internet health, Creative Commons maintains an open licensing infrastructure to enable the wide availability and use of intellectual and creative works, and Coil is leading the charge to use open standards to create alternative business models for the web that respect our privacy and support creators and publishers.
We are excited to release our first open Call For Proposals on a day of great historical significance. Twenty-seven years ago today, CERN, home of the web’s inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, released software that powered the early web into the public domain. By making the web’s foundational technology free and easily accessible, CERN and Sir Tim created ideal conditions for the World Wide Web to thrive and expand into the vital public resource we depend upon today.
With $100 million to distribute globally over five years, Grant for the Web will seed an online monetization and payment ecosystem to challenge the web’s most urgent issues: loss of privacy, centralization of power, and inequalities in online participation.
It’s time for the business models on the web to evolve.
For that to happen in a global way with real, lasting impact, we need organizations, companies, and people ready to experiment and build using open standards – technology designed to promote consensus, fairness, public accountability, and quality. We also need creators and publishers ready to connect with fans and audiences in brand new ways. No longer can earn revenue online be tied to proprietary platforms, companies that abuse our privacy, and 20th-century revenue models. We’re ready to start building what’s next.
This initial public Call for Proposals will fund projects that contribute to an ecosystem of web monetized content, users, tools, and infrastructure. Through two distinct award tracks, the grant will support technology, tools, and infrastructure that innovate around the Web Monetization standard and the Interledger protocol, as well as experiments in the creation, distribution, and discoverability of monetized content. Grant for the Web will award variable amounts for projects up to six months in duration. Learn more.
How to participate:
- Learn about Grant for the Web’s public Call for Proposals
- Join upcoming community calls and activities (dates & times coming soon)
- Connect with others in the Community Forum
- Stay tuned to our blog for related opportunities
- Sign up for email updates
About GRANT FOR THE WEB
Grant for the Web is a fund dedicated to promoting open, fair, and inclusive web monetization standards and innovation.
Better business models
Grant for the Web will help to create a healthy internet based on open standards by allowing people greater autonomy and control over how they distribute and commercialize content, as well as better web business models.
By integrating monetization directly into the web using open protocols and standards, content producers and supporters gain access, control, and choice.
Better monetization for content creators
We envision a world where creators and publishers may be compensated for their work without having to rely on intrusive ads, paywalls, or the misuse of personal data.
Supporting a healthy ecosystem
Grant for the Web is based on the notion that a healthy internet requires openness and opportunity, and that it cannot be built on the security and privacy of individuals.
These resources will contribute to building an ecosystem that will address the web’s most pressing challenges, such as loss of privacy, power centralization, and online participation disparities.
To learn more, go to grantfortheweb.org.