Aug 3, 2021
Through the Grant for the Web program, the Interledger Foundation aims to fund innovation supporting openly-networked payments on the web using the Interledger Protocol and the Web Monetization standard. To that end we are excited to announce that our next public Call For Proposals is open as of Monday July 26th and will run through September 15th at 19:00 UTC.
Our goal is to help kick-start and support a healthy, vibrant ecosystem of web monetized tools, content, and resources. We recognize that dominant business models of the web are controlled by the same institutions, companies, and algorithms that reinforce systemic racism and inequality. We seek to support communities that have – and continue to be – systemically and deliberately excluded from opportunities around financial inclusion and empowerment. Starting in 2021, we began to mandate that all funded projects have a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) component, which can manifest itself in one of three ways:
- The lead applicant is a person of color or the team represents a diverse group of people.
- The output of the team benefits communities that have been historically underrepresented.
- Funds explicitly earmarked to address increasing participation of historically marginalized and underrepresented communities.
This call for proposals focuses on practical activity to catalyze Interledger-driven business models for the web that expand financial inclusion. Interledger is an open source protocol that connects all types of ledgers to allow simple transactions, no matter the location or currency. On the Web, an Interledger-powered ecosystem provides opportunities for creators and publishers to benefit from new financial models, especially through using the open source Web Monetization API.
Applications must fit into one of the following categories:
Business Plans for Web Monetized Content
Exploring the relationship between specific content types and consumer appetites for monetization by offering value propositions that are different from traditional web business models. Read more.
Web Monetization API & Interledger Prototypes
Building technical infrastructure that will advance the capabilities of Web Monetization to launch new business models for the web. Read more.
Research on/with/for Web Monetization API & Interledger
Producing research, reports, and thought leadership to convince more people to adopt Web Monetization technology and practices. Read more.
Advocacy and Public Education
Helping others learn about and advocate for openly networked payments enabled by the Interledger Protocol and the Web Monetization API. Read more.
Grant for the Web will award projects up to six months in duration at three funding levels: Spark (up to $15K), Mid-Level (up to $50K), and Flagship (up to $100K). All funded projects will need to promote good web design principles, ensuring that the emerging Web Monetization ecosystem supports scalable, global, and open standardization.
How to participate:
- Learn more about Grant for the Web's public Call for Proposals
- See our past & present grantees
- See examples of Web Monetization tools, platforms and past grantee projects here
- Join an upcoming CFP call (times and dates coming soon)
- Sign up for email updates
- Stay tuned to our blog for related opportunities
If you’re a creative with an interest in Web Monetization, we would love to hear from you before September 15th on our Web Monetization Community Forum! Be sure to stay up to date on all things Grant for the Web by following us on Twitter and LinkedIn.