Mozilla Grants

We want the Web to be even better. We want more people using it for more things. We want it to continue to drive creativity, education and economic growth. And we want to empower people to help shape the Web as they move more of their lives online.

This is why we develop software, launch learning programs, champion privacy and drive standards in the pursuit of our mission to keep the Web open. It's also why we invest in people, organizations, schools and community efforts that share our values, ambitions and love of the Web.

What We Fund

We make grants to people and organizations we know, who are either working with us or in a closely related field. Our work revolves around five areas:

  • Learning & Webmaking: Tools, curricula and communities that teach kids, journalists, filmmakers — everyone — how to help make the Web.
  • Open Source Technology: Research, software and standards that extend the capacity, celebrate the values and protect the health of the Open Web. We do this primarily through the MOSS program.
  • User Sovereignty: Projects, campaigns and organizations that fight to keep the Web open and prioritize the interests of individual users.
  • Free Culture & Community: Support to the broad community of individuals, organizations and projects that aid in the creation of technologies and projects that increase the health of the open Web ecosystem.
  • Academic Research: Learn more about academic research grants program on this page.

Our Grants

Grantee Project Title Total Support Year(s) Focus Area
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre Adaptive Technology Resource Centre $10,000 2006 Open Source Technology
American Association of People with Disabilities AAPD $1,000 2007 Free Culture & Community
Annodex Association Foundations of Open Media Software Workshop $15,000 2007 — 2009
Free Culture & Community
Ariel Rios GNOME Accessibility $12,471 2007 Open Source Technology
Aspiration Nonprofit Software Development Summit $5,000 2009 Free Culture & Community
Atlan Laboratories FIPS 140-2 Validation $25,000 2008 Open Source Technology
Bay Area Video Coalition Zero Divide/Mozilla Youth Media Project $88,500 2011 — 2012
Open Source Technology
Benetech Benetech DAISY Reader for Firefox $50,000 2008 — 2009
Free Culture & Community
Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Free Culture Conference $5,000 2008 Free Culture & Community
Blindside Networks BigBlueButton $11,000 2011 Open Source Technology
CBC Radio Canada Marshall McLuhan Project $10,000 2011 Free Culture & Community
Charles Chen Fire Vox $11,976 2007 Open Source Technology
Codethink Ltd. Accessibility Research $4,427 2007 Open Source Technology
Compumentor 2007 TechSoup Netsquared Conference $2,000 2007 Free Culture & Community
Creative Commons Creative Commons Pledge $300,000 2008 — 2010
Free Culture & Community
DePaul University Digital Youth Mentor $25,000 2011 Learning & Webmaking
DreamYard Project Hive Fashion DreamYard Summer Intensive $8,250 2012 Learning & Webmaking
FFKP Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit $1,300 2009 Free Culture & Community
Free Software Foundation LinuxBIOS Support $10,000 2007 Free Culture & Community
GNOME GNOME Accessibility $48,000 2007 — 2010
Open Source Technology
Global Kids Inc. PenPal News $15,000 2012 Learning & Webmaking
Henrik Moltke Hyperaudio $10,000 2011 Free Culture & Community
Institute of Play Hive Activity Delivery Mechanism $12,604 2012 Learning & Webmaking
International Free and Open Source Software Law Review (IFOSSLR) IFOSSLR Launch $10,000 2009 User Sovereignty
Jambu Jambu $25,000 2006 — 2007
Open Source Technology
Leigh School Leigh School $2,500 2009 Learning & Webmaking
Merike Sell Calendar Automated Testing $4,500 2009 Open Source Technology
MozDev MozDev Support $90,000 2006 — 2008
Open Source Technology
NV Access NVDA Screen Reader $135,000 2007 — 2010
Open Source Technology
New Youth City Learning Network Hackasaurus $25,000 2011 Learning & Webmaking
Northeastern University Graduate-level work of PhD students at Northeastern University $283,085 2009 — 2010
Open Source Technology
OWASP The Open Web Application Security Project $15,000 2010 Open Source Technology
Open Source Software Institute OCSP Stapling $30,000 2007 Open Source Technology
Open Video Alliance Open Video Alliance $30,000 2009 Free Culture & Community
Participatory Culture Foundation NewsHour Open Election 2012 $266,530.42 2012 Free Culture & Community
People’s Production House World’s Fair 2.0 Design Intensive Incubator $14,500 2012 Learning & Webmaking
Perl Foundation Perl6 Support $10,000 2007 Open Source Technology
Personal Democracy Forum Personal Democracy Forum $15,000 2008 — 2009
User Sovereignty
Phillip Schmidt (P2PU) Peer2Peer University $25,500 2009 — 2011
Learning & Webmaking
Public Knowledge Public Knowledge $5,000 2012 User Sovereignty
Seneca College Seneca College $327,860 2006 — 2011
Learning & Webmaking
Software Freedom Conservancy Software Freedom Conservancy $30,000 2008 — 2012
Free Culture & Community
Universal Subtitles Universal Subtitles $100,000 2011 Free Culture & Community
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign & The Paciello Group Firebug Accessibility $120,009 2009 — 2010
Open Source Technology
Ushahidi Ushahidi Chile $10,000 2010 Free Culture & Community
Vquence Vquence $75,000 2008 — 2010
Open Source Technology
WebAIM WebAIM $15,000 2006 Open Source Technology
World Wide Web Consortium Web4All Conference $4,000 2007 — 2010
Free Culture & Community
World Wide Web Consortium W3C Validator $15,000 2009 Open Source Technology

How to Get Support

If we're not intimately familiar with your project and already consider it to be tied to the Mozilla mission, we are unlikely to make a grant, however worthy the cause. If you're working on something closely related to our focus areas and want to discuss a grant, you should raise the topic with the Mozilla contributors closest to you. If you don't know anyone, then one key criteria for Mozilla grants has yet to be met: To get to know Mozilla.

Each grant made needs a champion inside Mozilla, someone known to our community. How can you find a Mozillian to champion your project?

  1. Get involved. Join our weekly webmaker calls, become a Contributor, or reach out to your local Mozilla community. Introduce yourself and explore how to work together. We've created multiple ways to discover what's going on.
  2. Contribute to the mission. Run an event, fix bugs or fork a code base. Build something amazing. Blog about an open project. Connect new partners. Add value to the web.
  3. Become indispensable. Slowly make it so we all can't live without you.
  4. Then we'll sit down for a chat. We'll explore how additional resources, including funding, can make what you're doing even more awesome.

For Mozillians who wish to champion a grant, please talk to the webmaker team if it relates to leaning and webmaking. If it relates the other focus areas, then contact rowe@mozilla dot com. To be a champion, you'll need to stand up and say, “I believe in this project. I believe that this amount of money is appropriate and that the project is right for Mozilla. I will stay involved with this project over the year. I will evaluate the results of the grant at the end of the grant period.”