Gigabit Community Fund

Next-generation networks with the power to transform learning.

What is Mozilla Gigabit?

The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund provides grant funding in select U.S. communities to support pilot tests of gigabit technologies such as virtual reality, 4K video, artificial intelligence, and their related curricula. In so doing, our goal is to increase participation in technology innovation in support of a healthy Internet where all people are empowered, safe, and independent online.

The Gigabit Approach

Our approach to taking gigabit discoveries out of the lab and into the field is threefold:

Fund and Support

We support the development of gigabit applications and associated curricula through the Gigabit Community Fund. Grants support pilots that take gigabit technologies out of the lab and into learning spaces in select cities across the United States.

Innovate and Spread

We catalyze the creation, adoption, and spread of these innovations through Hive Learning Networks. Hives are a local network of teachers, informal educators, technologists, and community members working together to advance the promise of the web for learning.

Scale and Grow

We leverage Mozilla’s national networks to share these successes across Hive cities, other gigabit cities, and beyond. Our open innovation practices facilitate the adoption of gigabit technologies by diverse new communities of users.

Where are Mozilla Gigabit Cities

Get in touch with your local Gigabit Hive community

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Gigabit Project Portfolio

Learn more about projects that are transforming education through gigabit technology.

Find a Project

Kansas City

3D Multi-School Learning

Lead Org: aSTEAM Village

The 3D Multi-School Learning project leveraged telepresence technology to teach Computer Programming and Video Game Design and provide a key STEAM pathway for students across schools. [...]


Accelerate, Augmented Reality for Workforce Training

Lead Org: Austin Free-Net

Accelerate, Augmented Reality for Workforce Training will leverage gigabit connectivity to design an augmented reality tool that supports entry level IT learning for adults. [...]



Lead Org: Adagio

The brainchild of Gig City Production‘s Jonathan Susman, Adagio is a cloud-based remote audio mixing tool co-developed with UTC Computer Science Professor Craig Tannis and several of his graduate stud [...]

Kansas City

Augmented Reality

Lead Org: Bonner Springs Fire Department

The Bonner Springs Fire Department led this pilot project to carry out a specialized training program that used augmented reality technology to share live video and real-time information during traini [...]


Building an App from the Ground Up

Lead Org: Creative Discovery Museum, Spartan Systems Inc.

A collaboration between the Creative Discovery Museum‘s Museum Apprentice Program and developers from Spartan Systems, Inc., Building an App from the Ground, Up is both a platform and toolbox for othe [...]

Kansas City

CERN+KC Gigabit Challenge

Lead Org: ElevateEDU

Leveraging gigabit connections with unrestricted data limits in homes, schools, and other community organizations, CERN is expanding its volunteer computing initiative - LHC@Home - to run a fuller ran [...]


Cross-City Gigabit Enabled Learning Platform

Lead Org: Genesee Intermediate School District

The proposed pilot provides a new platform for cyber learning, biology research, and citizen science across cities, schools, and science centers. This iniatitive is a cross-city collaboration building [...]



Lead Org: devLearn

From a nascent idea for a mobile learn-to-code app, Duncan Ingram, Inc. developers Tim Coy and Jonathan Williams brought devLearn to life at Hackanooga – Chattanooga’s second annual weekend of civic h [...]


Digital Mock City Council

Lead Org: Austin Monitor

Digital Mock City Council is an online, open-source, digital budget debate platform and curriculum designed for middle and high school students to explore civic challenges and priorities. [...]



Lead Org: Eduity, LLC

The Community Technology Leadership Program (CTLP) builds strategic capabilities to get the most from technology with minimal risks and reasonable costs. Participants get real-world experience creatin [...]

Kansas City

Gigabit Cafe

Lead Org: Roncilliation Services

This project piloted the first public test of the Software Lending Library in Kansas City. The project aims to bring the benefits of gigabit internet connectivity to clients and neighbors in an unders [...]


Gigabit Girls - Austin Public Housing

Lead Org: Latinitas

This VR introductory course will be taught to girls engaged with Latinitas programming and living in Austin Public Housing. The project will also include recruitment of VR professionals to support the [...]


Gigabit VR: MBK Coding WebVR Scenes

Lead Org: Changing Expectations

To foster an inclusive computing culture, Changing Expectations will add WebVR coding projects to the My Brother's Keeper Coding Makerspace to prepare boys of color for the VR workforce. The MBK stude [...]



Lead Org: GlobalEXCEL

GigBridge, proposed by GPS senior Anjali Chandra and funded through the second round of the Gigabit Community Fund, leveraged the gig to connect students via streaming video at Chattanooga Girls Leade [...]


Gigtank 4K: Scaling from Micro to Macro

Lead Org: Enterprise Center

The project harnesses the power of the Gig and 4K video microscopy to create connections and collaborations for powerful STEM learning opportunities in Chattanooga and beyond. A team participating in [...]


Giving Garden Technology Lab Project

Lead Org: Catoosa County Public School System

The Giving Garden project seeks to further enhance the fundamental teaching of life science and the Growing Garden through the addition of cutting-edge 4K and VR technology in classrooms at two differ [...]


Global Kids Chattanooga Haunts

Lead Org: Global Kids

Global Kids provided a professional development curriculum and training to educators from the partner organization- the Glasshouse Collective, as well as the Chattanooga Public Library and a couple of [...]

Kansas City

Housing Smart Cities

Lead Org: University of Kansas, School of Architecture, Design & Planning

The University of Kansas seeks to deploy Population Health strategies in smart cities through the design of smart, sustainable, and affordable prefabricated housing. University of Kansas students will [...]


Hyperlocal Hyperaudio

Lead Org: Hyperaudio, Inc.

Hyperaudio, Inc. – designers of an open-source tool for remixing audio and video – partnered with the Chattanooga Public Library to produce a “hyperlocal” platform tied to archival material fromWTCI, [...]

Kansas City

Immersive VR for Local and Remote Medical and Anatomical Education

Lead Org: Trinity Animation

Trinity Animation will use high realism medical VR for anatomical education, both local on HTC VIVE and remote via gigabit monitoring. [...]


Input Genies - Technology and Curriculum

Lead Org: Studio MindStride

At its heart, Input Genies is a curriculum for teaching critical aspects of computer science in a fun, useful, interesting way. In addition to teaching computer scientific thinking, Input Genies' part [...]


LOLA in the classroom

Lead Org: The Enterprise Center

LOLA, LOw LAtency Audio Video, is an open source audio visual streaming system. Utilizing specialty hardware and software packages, LOLA allows for real-time, synchronic collaboration, with 20-40ms of [...]

Kansas City

Minecraft Oculus Rift for Community Development

Lead Org: Kansas City Public Library

This virtual reality project piloted by the Kansas City Public Library gave kids a way to design their ideal neighborhood in two of Kansas City's urban areas using Minecraft and virtual reality techno [...]


Next Generation Professional Learning

Lead Org: Hamilton County Department of Education

Teachers often work in isolation, and though surrounded by students, they rarely have the opportunity to collaborate, work with or learn from colleagues. Professional learning for teachers is usually [...]

Kansas City

Northland CAPS

Lead Org: Northland CAPS

High school students at Northland CAPS worked with business partners to develop a suite of application based communications, monitoring and treatment tools for clinicians and high-risk patients to red [...]

Kansas City

Open Data 3D Models

Lead Org: PlanIT Impact

PlanIT Impact is putting its big data + 3D modeling technology in the hands of students in Kansas City to advance education on sustainable design. Summer semester architecture students at the Kansas C [...]

Kansas City

Pennez: Read2Think

Lead Org: Pennez

Pennez is a live- time digital assessment tool for measuring a child’s reading fluency. The application utilizes machine learning technology to assess speed, vocabulary, understanding, sight word, pro [...]

Kansas City

PlanIT Impact KC

Lead Org: PlanIt Impact

A first of its kind platform, the PlanIT Impact application provides visually immersive feedback about envrionmental impact and building design based on open geospatial data and the development projec [...]

Kansas City

Project Bright Spots

Lead Org: The Lean Lab

Using the gig as a collaboration tool for video and live sharing, The Lean Lab aims to rapidly spur community dialogue and space for collaboration around innovation in education by sharing examples of [...]


Raspberry Python Music Genie

Lead Org: Art120

Local students are learning how to build their own air synthesizer by using Python coding languages and a Raspberry Pi. The resulting technology, Stage Genies, will be showcased by the Chattanooga Bal [...]

Kansas City

SensED IoT Student Innovation Challenge

Lead Org: KC Social Innovation Center

SensED is a project-based social innovation program for 7-12 graders to highlight and provide real-world experiences in the emerging field of Internet of Things. The project will (1) create a mapped c [...]


Streaming 4K Content for Learning Experiences

Lead Org: Enterprise Center

4K streaming content in Ultra-HD creates engaging learning environments through enhanced access to community assets for learners in three schools and two community centers. Utilizing real-time streami [...]

Kansas City


Lead Org: FitNet

TechHawks is a a fitness initative delivering real-time monitoring and robust metrics to curb obesity via the FitNet app, shaping how families manage and understand wellness. Fitnet and the University [...]

Kansas City

The Gigabots Cross City Connected Robotics

Lead Org: Big Bang

The Gigabots bring connected devices to classrooms using existing educational robotics platforms. A Gigabot is a combination of hardware, software and a cloud platform that connects Gigabots to each o [...]


The GigLab

Lead Org: Chattanooga Public Library

The GigLab is a unique space offering public access to gigabit enabled tools, technology and education. Housed on the celebrated 4th Floor, this second round Gigabit Community Fund project pushes the [...]

Kansas City

Urban Farming Guys Smart Greenhouse

Lead Org: The Urban Farming Guys

Urban Farming Guys' Smart Greenhouse uses IoT sensors on an aquaponics system to monitor key data like water levels, Ph, humidity, and temperature in real-time. Using IoT controllers for aquaculture m [...]


ViatoR VR

Lead Org: ViatoR, LLC

ViatoR utilizes VR to submerge users in an immersive environment for an interactive, engaging language learning experience. ViatoR VR allows for interactions with instructors and peers within fully fl [...]



Lead Org: GeonCode

Viditor is an open-source, collaborative video editor, leveraging gigabit speed to allow multiple users to create and edit projects in real time and from any device with a modern browser. It was the [...]

Kansas City

Virtual Realities in Culture: Explorations of the African Diaspora

Lead Org: V Form Alliance

Youth Powered LLC will work with students to create virtual field trips to landmarks in KS and MO that are important to black history. [...]


Virtual Reality STEM Lessons

Lead Org: UT Foundation (UofT UTeach Outreach)

UTeach will design robust, validated, lessons for gigabit-connected middle school classrooms that support Google Expeditions and Unity game design software to create virtual reality experiences that i [...]


Wireless Earth Watchdogs

Lead Org: Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, Hixson High School

Science classes from the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences partnered with Hixson High School to build a real-time water quality monitoring network, using big data to effect environmental ch [...]


World Explorer Virtual Exchange

Lead Org: PenPal Schools

PenPal Schools connects over 100,000 students (ages 9+) in 170 countries to collaborate through high-quality online courses and learn about global challenges while practicing essential technology skil [...]

Apply for Funding

Funding Requirements and Eligibility

The Gigabit Community Fund supports pilots of gigabit technologies and associated curricula that show the impact of next-generation networks on learning. All supported projects must:

  1. Be piloted in the metropolitan region of Austin, Eugene, Chattanooga, Lafayette, or Kansas City
  2. Focus on education or workforce development
  3. Leverage next-generation technologies like virtual reality, 4K video, artificial intelligence, and their related curricula

Participation is open to companies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations. Funding will not be granted to unaffiliated individuals acting on their own. Before submitting your application, please review the Gigabit Community Fund’s Terms and Conditions.

Key Dates

October 30, 2017 -
February 16, 2018
Round 3 Pilot Period
October 15, 2017
Round 4 Application Window Opens
December 1, 2017
Round 4 Letter of Intent Form Due for All Projects
January 19, 2018
Round 4 Applications Due
March 26, 2018 -
July 13, 2018
Round 4 Pilot Period

Type of Support

Project Type
Eligible Cities
Lafayette and Eugene
Pilot Requirements
Local projects are those conceived of and executed in one of the eligible communities. Though the pilot is only occurring in one community, multiple organizations within that community may be involved. A pilot with real-life learners must occur in the Lafayette or Eugene metro areas.
Recommended Funding Level
$5,000 - $15,000
Project Type
Eligible Cities
Austin, Chattanooga, Eugene, Lafayette, and Kansas City
Pilot Requirements
Cross-City projects have project partners from 2 or more of the Mozilla Gigabit communities. These may, for example, be projects previously piloted in one city that are scaling to a new community or projects that are conceived of in one community and tested in another. Though partners can be from multiple communities, a pilot with real-life learners must must occur in at least one of the eligible communities.
Recommended Funding Level
$10,000 - $30,000

How to Apply

We’re here to help make applying for a Gigabit Community Fund grant as easy as possible! We strongly encourage you to get in touch with us via email or Twitter as you prepare your application. Going to an event hosted in a Mozilla Gigabit city is another great way to get help on your proposal.

To submit an application for funding, follow these steps:

  1. Review the Gigabit Community Fund’s Terms and Conditions and frequently asked questions. You can also check out some sample applications that have previously received funding, here and here. (Please note that proposal format and questions have been updated.)
  2. Visit our grant management system, Fluxx, and sign in or create an account. Submit a Letter of Intent by December 1, 2017. Please refer to the Fluxx guide for more information. Successful LOI submissions will receive an email invitation to submit a full proposal.
  3. Draft your application based on the guidelines in the Terms and Conditions. Use this template for your Project Timeline and this template for your Budget.
  4. Submit a full application to the Gigabit Community Fund on the Fluxx application system on or before January 19, 2018.

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October 27-29, 2017


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