The Internet Society Foundation (ISOC) has launched a new grant program dubbed BOLT program to advance Internet access and connectivity around the world.

The $200,000 grants will be awarded to organizations for projects lasting up to 12 months as it seeks to support teams of creatives, technologists, researchers, and social/cultural workers to develop solutions to Internet connectivity, particularly among communities where current technologies are unavailable or inaccessible.

According to Sarah Armstrong, IFS Executive Director, almost half of the world’s population lacks access to the Internet.

“Through these grants, we aim to bolster the development of imaginative, relevant, and sustainable solutions that will promote greater Internet access and connectivity for communities around the world, supporting our vision of an Internet for Everyone”.

The BOLT program builds on the Internet Society Foundation’s commitment to supporting innovative solutions to Internet connectivity, such as project in Costa Rica that is providing Internet connectivity in underserved communities through the use of an Internet Backpack.

BOLT is open for applications between 27 September and 29 October and the grantees will be announced in November. Applying teams must ensure that their lead organization is a legally registered 501(c)(3) or equivalent.  

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