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- BY Nicole Pelette
The Internet Society Foundation is currently accepting applications for Strengthening Communities/Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS) grant programme.
The Strengthening Communities/Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS) grant programme aims to expand economic growth, improve health outcomes and increase educational opportunities by supporting individuals and communities to more knowledgeably and skillfully use the Internet.
The Foundation is seeking projects that help communities leverage Internet access to build financial opportunities, increase economic independence, and create sustainable income sources. Such projects could include:
Entrepreneurship: Increasing digital literacy among girls in order to help them become small business owners.
Agriculture: Using the Internet to increase agricultural yields by better understanding demand and market changes.
Climate change: Adapting a local business to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly or more resilient to climate change.
Innovation: Creating tech hubs or maker spaces that allow rural populations to create innovative solutions to local problems.
The Foundation is seeking projects that support communities to leverage Internet access to improve health outcomes, facilitate patient care and up skill local healthcare providers. Such projects could include:
Telemedicine: Providing online preventative care to underserved rural and remote communities.
Digitizing records: Simplifying patient record keeping and care through electronically preserving records.
Connecting health facilities: Enabling better sharing of information among healthcare facilities.
Innovation: Supporting innovative solutions to healthcare provision that can easily be implemented in low-bandwidth environments.
The Foundation is seeking projects that support communities to leverage Internet access to increase entry to basic education, improve learning outcomes and increase teaching skills. Such projects could include:
Remote education: Enabling communities to access culturally relevant educational opportunities, such as learning materials in local languages.
Teacher education: Supporting teachers to leverage the Internet to up-skill themselves or to further increase the educational opportunities for their classrooms.
Innovation: Creating unique learning opportunities that can be replicated across similar contexts.
Aligned with the above focus areas, the Foundation will be seeking projects that address the following cross-cutting issues:
In order to receive funding from the Internet Society Foundation, all applicants must meet the following basic requirements. Organizations must:
Additionally, the Foundation is seeking partnerships with organizations that:
The selection criteria against which the Independent Review Panel (IRP) will review eligible applications is: