€1.2 Million for Open Source Projects



  • OSS initiative in Germany

    • a grant of up to €30,000 per project, along six months, to implement your idea from the first concept to a prototype.

    • There will be four rounds of funding between 2016 and 2019. About 10 projects can be funded each round.

    • supports the implementation of ideas in civic tech, data literacy, data security and software infrastructure

    • Professional coaching in user-centered design and mentorship by our expert network.

    • We’ll connect the participants with investors, potential partners and other support programs. Sustainability is very important to us and we want to help participants secure long-term support for their projects.

    • The Prototype Fund is a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

    Caveat:

    • Self-employed and independent developers who live in Germany can apply for funding.

    The first round will close in 60 days.



  • I was just reading about this on Hacker News.

    The best comment was something like:

    Open source doesn't need more new features or new prototypes. What it needs is existing software with more than enough features (GIMP) to stop sucking.



  • @blakeyrat said in €1.2 Million for Open Source Projects:

    I was just reading about this on Hacker News.

    The best comment was something like:

    Open source doesn't need more new features or new prototypes. What it needs is existing software with more than enough features (GIMP) to stop sucking.

    That's partially covered:

    Can I apply with a project that already exists?

    Yes you can. However, your proposal ought to be clearly defined and and have its own degree of novelty, e.g. you plan to expand or enhance your preexisting project with a new module. In any case, you need to make clear what you will be working on during the 6-month project term.



  • @blakeyrat There was gimpshop, but it was abandoned

    (gimpshop dot com is a scam site, the official is only at sourceforge)


  • BINNED

    @groo said in €1.2 Million for Open Source Projects:

    gimpshop dot com is a scam site

    Like www.paint.net. Bastards


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @cabrito So… it's a 6-month defined-deliverable project? I'd guess that'd make it something medium-sized but without going for a lot of talking to users (that sort of thing takes a lot of time to do well).


  • BINNED

    @dkf said in €1.2 Million for Open Source Projects:

    without going for a lot of talking to users

    Well, it is open source


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Jaloopa Well, there is that, but with just 6 months you need to already have the domain and the plan of what you want to do worked out. There's no time for anything else unless the project is a really tiny one, and I doubt that anyone will be keen on funding those when something larger is proposed by others. Competitive grants processes work like that.

    I wonder if my friends near München will apply…



  • @groo said in €1.2 Million for Open Source Projects:

    (gimpshop dot com is an unofficial scam site, the official scam site is only at sourceforge)

    FTFY



  • @dkf said in €1.2 Million for Open Source Projects:

    @Jaloopa Well, there is that, but with just 6 months you need to already have the domain and the plan of what you want to do worked out. There's no time for anything else unless the project is a really tiny one, and I doubt that anyone will be keen on funding those when something larger is proposed by othersyou need to be very, very good at applying for government grants. Your best shot is to go through a company that specializes in applying for government grants (there's a lot of them in Europe). Competitive grants processes work like that.

    FTFY


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Gąska I'd expect gimpshop to involve plenty of rubber…


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