2022 GRANT CYCLE
February 28, 2022 —
The Hacker Initiative (HI) today announced the opening of its 2022 Grant Cycle, and will accept applications from now until 11:59 p.m. PST on Thursday, June 30, 2022. The Hacker Initiative will award up to $100,000 USD in grants from USD $1,000 to $10,000 each to projects designed to grow the worldwide hacker community, and support STE(A)M education initiatives.
We will announce ALL final award recipients on October 22, 2022 — “National Make a Difference Day” — via the Hacker Initiative’s website: https://hackerinitiative.org/.
The 2022 grant cycle is prioritizing projects that promise to have a greater impact on global social and environmental issues.
“Hackers globally and of all types, both old and new school, play an increasingly important role in driving innovation, improving computer security, teaching our young people, and growing our collective knowledge,” says HI Founder and Chair of the Board, Bill Pollock. “The Hacker Initiative was formed to further this mission through our grant program, which is designed to directly support the global hacking community.”
Eligible applicants include hackers of all ages, wherever they reside, whatever the discipline. HI encourages applications that support projects ranging from machine learning and new AI programming languages, to quantum computing, cybersecurity, privacy research, and the like. The Foundation also encourages applications from small organizations, students or student groups, and individuals with project proposals that include (but aren’t limited to):
- Promoting global public awareness of elite engineering skills
- Supporting and advancing learning in elite engineering skills
We may award grants on a rolling basis. Because our pool of grant money is limited, we encourage you to apply early for a grant award.
The Application Process
Before applying, please note:
- The Hacker Initiative will notify grant recipients no later than October 22, 2022. Grant decisions will also be announced via our website.
- Please note that applications will only remain pending in our system for the duration of a single grant cycle.
- If your application is not selected, we encourage you to apply again in future cycles!
- We will award up to USD $100,000 in grants in 2022 of from USD $1,000 to USD $10,000 each. Awarded grants may be for less than the amount requested.
We have a three step process:
- Step One: Review the Hacker Initiative Grant Guidelines.
Please read Our Grant Guidelines below before applying to see if you meet our basic criteria for receiving a grant.
- Step Two: Read the Hacker Initiative Application FAQ.
Please read the HI Application FAQ before applying so you are fully informed of the HI process.
- Step Three – Submit Application Form
Individuals, Groups, or Organizations who are interested should submit an application using the form below. Applications must be in English. It is the applicant’s obligation to translate language, verbal or Braille, into written English.
Please direct any questions or concerns to [email protected].
NOTE: We will be unable to respond to your questions about grant status. If you need to edit your grant request you should find a link to do so when you receive a confirmation email.
Our Grant Guidelines
The purpose of the HI Grant Program is to strengthen and enrich the hacker community through small monetary grants. The following are examples of ways such grants can be used:
- Independent STEM education Initiatives such as homebrew hacking or robotics clubs, student led research projects, and other similar activities not otherwise supported by school or institutional grants.
- Contests, Scholarships and other Educational Programs that promote student education about information security, computers and the hacker community.
- Community events and presentations that focus on connecting students, hacker groups, and other interested parties, with recognized Industry leaders.
HI is open to receiving applications that fall outside of the themes listed above, provided the proposed project is consistent with the spirit of the Hacker Initiative and is designed to promote computer science education and the advancement of STEM knowledge.
Eligibility Considerations and Exclusions
Eligibility and Considerations
- Eligible applicants include but are not limited to students, student groups, independent security and privacy researchers, small organizations, and individuals.
- HI gives preference to projects run on small budgets and those less likely to receive corporate, institutional, or government funding.
- If you have questions about our grant process please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Members of the Hacker Initiative Board, Programming, Fundraising, Advisory, and other committees are ineligible for consideration.
- The Hacker Initiative does not consider funding requests for:
- Activities that are not consistent with the HI mission.
- Animal related programs, including shelters
- Athletic teams, events, booster clubs, or sponsorships
- Awards, monuments and/or memorials
- Capital campaigns, building projects
- Deficit funding
- Development or production of books, films, videos, television programs, social media, or websites
- Endowments or reserve funds
- Fundraising events
- General awareness campaigns/advocacy
- Government agencies
- Individual crowdfunding, GoFundMe pages, or similar
- Individual primary and secondary schools, PTOs, and PTAs
- Loans or investments
- Merchandise for fundraisers and auctions
- Merchandise promotions, partnerships, or advertising
- Parties, celebrations, parades, festivals, or raffles or related expenses
- Political or religious symposiums, conferences, or conventions
- Political organizations
- Private foundations
- Professional association meetings or related expenses
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Research studies outside the scope of our Mission
- Salaries or staff training
- School tuition
Grant funds may not be used to promote or engage in criminal acts of violence, terrorism, hate crimes, the destruction of any state, or discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religion, military and veteran status, disability, sex, age, gender identity or sexual orientation, or support of any entity that engages in these activities.