2014 ISIF Asia Grant applications close 9 August

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Fouad Bajwa

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2014 ISIF Asia Grant applications close 9 August

An ISIF Asia Grant can help you get your project off the ground and
increase your organization's potential to attract additional donors to
continue or upscale your project's implementation.

If you are working on an initiative to improve communications and
information infrastructure for your local community and you need some
funds to continue with your hard work, there is still time to apply
for a 2014 ISIF Asia Grant!

ISIF Asia gives grants of up to AUD 30,000 to projects that will be
implemented in the Asia Pacific region within a 3 to 12 month period.
Successful proposals will be aligned with the following categories:

- Innovation on access provision

This category focus on innovative solutions providing low cost
deployment with low power consumption and low maintenance to
expand fixed and mobile access to the Internet, information services
and/or applications in your community. Innovation should not
necessarily be technical, it could refer to organizational/business
arrangements that support access provision, or improve the quality
of access through accessibility or linguistic diversity.

- Innovation on learning and localization

This category covers capacity building and localization efforts,
which are key to improve the skills needed to design, maintain, and
manage ICT infrastructure and services in local languages.
Localized projects support local talent and create job opportunities
in rural or urban marginalized areas. Your innovative, open, inclusive,
and sustainable approach to learning and language diversity are key
elements to guarantee access to information that is needed to offer
reliable services and applications to your community.

- Code for the common good

This category includes applications and other software solutions
that enable communities in a variety of ways. High mobile
penetration in the Asia Pacific region has been a catalyst in the
development of mobile-based services, applications and software
solutions. These solutions have been used to support timely and
relevant information dissemination on a large scale using a range
of network infrastructures through a variety of devices, even
where literacy rates are lower. Mobile technologies have enabled
communities to increase participation in political processes,
coordinate efforts during emergency situations, receive extreme
weather alerts, communicate with remote health services, and
receive specialized patient referrals, among many other

- Rights

This category supports the strategic use of Internet tools and
services to promote freedom of expression, freedom of association,
protects privacy, security, consumers' rights, gender equality, new
forms of intellectual property in the digital environment, and a wider
range of issues related to the Internet and human rights.

In addition to the grant, 3 of the ISIF Asia 2014 grant recipients will
be selected to receive additional mentoring on evaluation and research
communication through a partnership between ISIF Asia and the project
"Developing Evaluation & Communication Capacity in Information Society
Research (DECI-2)". Teams will acquire valuable knowledge and skills
that their organizations will be able to use not only for the ISIF Asia
supported project but to their organizations as a whole. For more
information about the DECI-2 project, visit:


Prepare a successful application: read the guidelines provided!


The ISIF Asia Secretariat recommends to carefully read the elegibility
criteria, guidelines
and tips for a successful application, before you submit your application:


To read more about ISIF Asia Grant eligibility criteria, please visit:


Finally, here are some handy tips for preparing your ISIF Asia Grant


Submit your grant proposal by 9 August:


For more information about ISIF Asia grants, please contact in...@isif.asia

Twitter @ISIF_Asia

Fouad Bajwa
ICT4D and Internet Governance Advisor
My Blog: Internet's Governance: http://internetsgovernance.blogspot.com/
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