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
Ariel Rios GNOME Accessibility $12,471 2007 Open Source Technology
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
Blindside Networks BigBlueButton $11,000 2011 Open Source Technology
Charles Chen Fire Vox $11,976 2007 Open Source Technology
Codethink Ltd. Accessibility Research $4,427 2007 Open Source Technology
GNOME GNOME Accessibility $48,000 2007 — 2010
Open Source Technology
Jambu Jambu $25,000 2006 — 2007
Open Source Technology
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
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
Perl Foundation Perl6 Support $10,000 2007 Open Source Technology
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign & The Paciello Group Firebug Accessibility $120,009 2009 — 2010
Open Source Technology
Vquence Vquence $75,000 2008 — 2010
Open Source Technology
WebAIM WebAIM $15,000 2006 Open Source Technology
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.”