What NLnet can do for you
The NLnet foundation is financially independent and is free to fund any activity that contributes to its mission, in whatever way it chooses. That opens many opportunities, some of which are mentioned on this page. If you have a creative or inspiring idea that does not fall under any of the categories below, and you believe NLnet should help you: just contact us.
Of course money is not the only type of support NLnet can provide. The foundation, and the people behind it, have a global network of potential partners, projects, and experts which can be of use to achieving your goals. When we support you, we don't sit back: we actively try to help you get results. NLnet serves the public interest through your energy and labor, and we are passionate about that. You can expect us to be a professional partner, with low overhead. It's all about helping you get the most out of your ideas.
Regular types of financial support
- Event sponsorship
If you are organizing an event that is relevant in the light of the NLnet mission, you may request NLnet for a financial contribution. Eligible types of events include hack-a-thons, conferences, lectures, plugfests, and other technical or community building events.
- Projects upto 30.000 euro
NLnet can fund or co-fund various types of projects, such as software development or educational activities. NLnet does not require so called 'matching' for projects and may decide to fund 100% of your project. For smaller projects there is a fast procedure which could have your project up and running within six weeks.
- Travel grants for individuals
On rare occasions NLnet can fund participation for qualified individuals to relevant international events such as IETF, W3C meetings, but also to developer meetings or conferences. The main criterion is that you have to have a very good reason to be there: as contributor of a draft standard, member of a software development team, or the like.
(If your type of funding need isn't listed, there may be organisations and programmes outside of NLnet that can help)
What you can do for NLnet
You can really help us without spending any money, by helping us defend open source projects. It takes just five minutes of your time.
If you have great ideas: get us involved. Even if we don't have the money, we might be able to help you get nearer money elsewhere.
If you like the work of NLnet foundation and the way we operate, and you have some money you can spare: your donations are extremely welcome (donate online now. We give out money to those who can really make a difference, and we really care. If you are thinking about donating a large sum, or putting us in your will: contact us for doing this in the smartest way. NLnet is a recognised charity, and as such we are probably the most efficient way to allocate your money to the open internet. If you don't believe us, believe these famous people.