Mozilla Foundation (“Mozilla” or “Sponsor”) is a global non-profit organization with a mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web. With support from the United States National Science Foundation (“NSF”), Mozilla presents this Gigabit Community Fund (the “Fund”) to help foster and support the development of applications and associated curricula running on next-generation networks that could improve people’s everyday lives through creating new education and workforce development opportunities. Proposals submitted to the Gigabit Community Fund may be based on projects funded in the separate Mozilla Ignite Challenge conducted prior to this Gigabit Community Fund, building off existing ideas and funding, or may be based entirely on new ideas (“Submissions”).
The Gigabit Community Fund 2017 Request for Proposals (“RFP”) opens on June 1, 2017, at 12:00:01 AM U.S. Pacific Time (“PT”). All proposals for projects must be received by August 1, 2017, at 11:59:59 PM PT. Late submissions may be accepted at the discretion of the Sponsor.
Who Can Participate:
Participation is open to U.S.-based companies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations (each an “Applicant”). References in this document to “you” shall refer to Applicant. Funding will not be granted to unaffiliated individuals acting on their own. Each Applicant must include at least one affiliated organization located in the Austin, TX, Chattanooga, TN, Eugene, OR, Lafayette, LA, or Kansas City, MO, metropolitan regions. Employees of Mozilla, NSF, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and their immediate families and people living in their households may not participate. Submissions are reviewed by Mozilla-selected volunteers from local MozGig communities (“Fund Evaluators”). Fund Evaluators will not evaluate or review any Submission to which they have a direct connection, whether through employ, affiliation, partnership or other contractual obligation or relational context that creates the consensus amongst the Fund Evaluators of a conflict of interest. Sponsor, at its sole discretion, shall determine eligibility of any individual or entity, and may disqualify any Applicant or individual participant at any time for any reason.
The person making the Submission on behalf of an Applicant (the “Lead Contact”) must: (a) be at least 18 years of age; (b) identify himself or herself by name as Lead Contact and provide the names of all individuals and organizations participating in developing the proposal; (c) certify that he or she has the right to act on behalf of the Applicant; (d) agree to these Terms and Conditions (the “Terms”) on behalf of the Applicant, and (e) be a legal resident or citizen of the United States or hold a lawfully issued student visa, work permit, or other documentation entitling the Lead Contact to work or receive compensation for work in the United States.
Registration and Submissions will be accepted during the Submission Period via the Fluxx website. All registrations and Submissions must be in English. By registering and providing an email address, Lead Contact, as well as any other individuals participating with Applicant who have provided an email address, agree to receive email communications from Sponsor related to the Fund.
No more than three Submissions are permitted from each Applicant. Any subsequent Submissions from the same Applicant will not be considered. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an Applicant, the Applicant will be deemed to be the entity identified in the organizational information and evidence of legal status included in the Submission. In the event two or more Submissions describe substantially similar projects, the Fund Evaluators' determination of the qualitatively superior proposal will determine which Submission is considered.
No responsibility is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, illegible, incorrect, inaccurate or misdirected registrations or Submissions; or for any error, human, technical or otherwise, that may occur in the processing of Submissions.
All interested applicants must submit a Letter of Intent form through the Mozilla Gigabit website at mozilla.org/gigabit between June 1, 2017 and July 5, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM Pacific. Mozilla program staff will review all forms and provide applicants with advice on whether to submit a full application. Deadline extensions for the Letter of Intent form may be granted on a case-by-case basis by Mozilla staff. Full timeline can be found on the Mozilla Gigabit website.
To submit a full application, applicants will register for an account at mozilla.fluxx.io and submit their full Fund Submission via this site by August 1, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM Pacific. Applicants will submit a detailed project description that responds to each of the following prompts:
- Describe the issue/problem you are trying to address (2500 Characters)
- What specific community challenge in workforce development or education does your project help solve?
- List key project activities (what will you do), outputs (what will be produced through your activities, e.g. products, publications, number workshops held and people trained) and outcomes (impact of your project on your beneficiaries during the grant period). (5000 Characters) Also include:
- How does the technology you are working with during this project leverage gigabit networks?
- During the 16-week project period, what will you produce through your activities (e.g. products, publications/curricula, number of workshops/events and attendees)?
- What impact will the project have on participants and other beneficiaries during the 16-week project period? How will this project expand opportunity and access to gigabit technology?
- Provide key indicators you plan to use to measure project outcomes and source of data. (2500 Characters) Also include:
- What does success look like for this project?
- Explain who will benefit from the project and how you will engage with them. (2500 Characters) Also include:
- Who are the learners participating in your pilot? What will they learn?
- If you’re hosting any workshops or events, are you charging for participants to attend them?
- Describe the geographic location(s) in which this project will be implemented. (2500 Characters)
- In which city or cities will this project take place?
- How does your project build a more connected, inclusive gigabit innovation ecosystem in these communities and nationally?
- Where will your pilot with real-life learners occur within these communities?
- List any risks or challenges that may affect the overall success of your project, and note how Mozilla and/or others can help you to overcome these challenges. (1250 Characters) Also include:
- Is the technology being piloted already built or are you building it?
- Do the locations where the project will take place have an existing gigabit internet connection? If not, how will this project succeed?
- List your project partners, if any, and the role they will play in the project. (2500 Characters)
- Mozilla works in the open. How will you document and share your project progress with the community? (2500 Characters)
- Are other organizations working toward outcomes similar to those described in this proposal? If yes, explain how your work complements that of others or fills a key gap. (1250 Characters)
- Describe how this project fits into your organization’s mission and goals. (1250 Characters)
- How does this project contribute to a healthier Internet? (1250 Characters)
- With which Internet health issue(s) does your project align?
- How does your project help to build a healthier future internet?
- Is this a new project or a continuation? If new, please describe your qualifications to initiate the activity. If continued, please describe your accomplishments to date. Feel free to include links to articles and documents online that highlight your recent work. (1250 Characters)
- How will you continue work on this project beyond this funding period? (1250 Characters) Also include:
- How will you encourage other organizations to adopt this program?
- How might this work be scaled and spread to other organizations or to other cities?
- Have you previously partnered with Mozilla? Have you previously received a grant from Mozilla? If so, please list title, amount, and purpose. (1250 Characters)
- For application to the Gigabit Community Fund, the following attachments are required -
- Project budget
- Project timeline (Note: please make a copy of this document to complete and attach with your application)
- Letters of support from key collaborators/ partners
- List of key staff members (including project personnel if applicable) (required)
- List of board members with affiliations (required, if applicable to your organization)
- Fiscal sponsorship agreement (required if you are applying through a fiscal sponsor)
- If applicant is a for-profit company, include a list of individuals or entities that own 25% or more of the company (required)
- If applicant is an NGO located outside the United States, provide evidence of legal status in your home country
Each Submission must comply with any word limits or other terms or requirements on the Fluxx website. The Sponsor, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to not consider any Submission not in compliance with these Terms or for any reason.
Submissions and any subsequent communications or postings associated with the Fund may not contain advertisements, commercial endorsements, or any material that infringes any third-party intellectual property or is indecent, obscene, hateful, discriminatory, defamatory, slanderous, libelous, unlawful or otherwise inappropriate as determined by Sponsor in its absolute discretion. Any inappropriate Submissions or material may be disqualified by Sponsor in its absolute discretion.
For additional guidance, please use this application guide.
Evaluation of Submissions will occur during the proposal review period as described below. The decisions of the Fund Evaluators will be final in all instances.
Each Submission will be initially screened for three mandatory criteria:
- Will the project be piloted with real-life learners within the identified 16-week pilot period of October 30, 2017 through February 16, 2018;
- For Multi-City Projects, the pilot must involve partners from at least two of the following cities: Austin, TX, Chattanooga, TN, Eugene, OR, Lafayette, LA, and/or the Kansas City, MO metropolitan region.
- For Local Projects, the pilot must only involve partners from one of the following communities: Austin, TX, Eugene, OR, or Lafayette, LA.
- Does the project focus on education or workforce development; and
- Does the project leverage gigabit technologies such as virtual reality, 4K video, artificial intelligence, and their related curricula.
Those Submissions meeting these criteria will be eligible for further review by a panel of evaluators and representatives from Mozilla and NSF, and may include additional category-expert reviewers based on the following additional criteria:
- Does the project plan address a clearly defined community need?
- Can the project be completed during the proposed project period?
- Will the proposed activities lead to achieving the project’s outcomes?
- Are the intended outcomes well-defined and appropriate for the proposed project?
- Are the outcomes attainable and measurable within the project period?
- Are the proposed indicators for the outcomes an accurate gauge of success?
- Does the applicant have a plan for collecting data and measuring results?
- Is the potential benefit to the target population articulated in a clear, compelling way?
- Is the target population well-defined?
Partnerships & Collaboration
- Do the proposed partnerships or collaborations enhance the quality or reach of the project’s activities?
- For projects targeting multiple locations or communities, does the project involve partners from each of those locations or communities?
- Does this project represent a novel approach to addressing the challenge?
Diversity and Inclusion
- Does the proposed project bring new viewpoints and voices into the conversation?
- Does project staff and/or partnerships represent diverse viewpoints and voices?
- Does the project include the participation of the target population in developing and executing the project?
- Does the proposal include a plan to share methods, progress and results in a transparent, easily accessible manner?
Spread, Scale, and Sustainability
- Is there a plan to sustain the benefits of this work beyond the project period?
- Can the work be spread and scaled to other organizations and to other communities?
- Does the project team possess the necessary experience to execute the proposed project successfully?
- Is the proposed staffing adequate for completing the project?
Budget & Budget Narrative
- Is the budget clear and realistic?
- Is the amount requested appropriate for the scope and scale of the project?
Applicants with Submissions selected for funding will be notified via email at the address submitted with the initial Submission.
Applicants whose Submissions are selected for funding will be expected to report on progress per the methods set forth below:
- Meet regularly with the Mozilla team to share project updates and progress.
- Submit a final report at the conclusion of the pilot period.
- Participate in project events, calls, and meetups as available.
Grants ranging from $3,000 to $30,000 may be awarded.
Any Applicant whose proposal is awarded funding and who accepts the award will be required to sign a grant agreement with Mozilla Foundation.
Any Applicant eligible for a grant award at any given round in the Fund is solely responsible for the payment of any taxes that may arise as a result of acceptance of the grant and for all other expenses or costs of the Applicant’s project not covered by the grant. Each grant will be in the form of a single payment to the Applicant. Grant awards cannot be transferred or substituted.
"You" or "you" in the remainder of this document refers to Lead Contact on behalf of Applicant:
Legal Rights in Submission:
Applicant Certification of Rights in Submission: By entering a Submission, you agree to these Terms and Conditions, and you represent and warrant that: (i) you are able to comply with these Terms; (ii) your Submission does not make unauthorized use of or violate in any way any rights of any third party, including but not limited to copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, or rights of publicity; and (iii) no one else’s permission is required for you to make your Submission in this Fund or to use or permit your Submissions to be used as contemplated under these Terms.
Usage Rights in Submission:
You retain all ownership rights in your Submission in the Fund. However, by participating you acknowledge that your Submission and all other materials you submit may be published on the Mozilla Gigabit website, and you further agree that the Sponsor and anyone it designates shall have the unrestricted and non-exclusive right to edit, adapt, publish, copy, display, perform, broadcast, modify, and otherwise use any or all of your Submission and all other materials and information you supply, alone or in combination with other material, in any and all media, whether now known or later discovered, in perpetuity, without restriction of any kind whatsoever, without further compensation to you or anyone else.
While not required, we encourage all Applicants to make their Submissions (as well as any supporting documentation) available to the general public under an open license such as BSD, Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike, or Mozilla Public License v2. If the type of license has an influence on the likely impact of the Submission, then the Fund Evaluators may take that into consideration in reviewing the Submission. You agree to identify in the license for your Submission that the Submission was initially designed and created for the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund (www.mozilla.org/gigabit/).
Applicants who are offered grants will be required to openly license the work they produce with the funding as a condition of the receiving the grant award. To ensure the widest possible distribution of such materials and ensure that they remain generally available to the public, grantees will release any project-related content under a Creative Commons license and any project-related code under an open source license.
By entering a Submission into the Fund, you are agreeing to these Terms, and the review and use of your Submission by Sponsor and its designees as contemplated in these Terms, which includes consent to Sponsor, its agencies, partners or assigns to use the Submission and your name and/or likeness for advertising and promotional purposes, in any media, without further notice, compensation, consideration, review, or consent, except as prohibited by law.
By entering a Submission into the Fund, you further release and hold harmless the Mozilla Foundation, NSF, and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability, claims, demands, and causes of action for personal injury or damage, theft, loss, or any other harm suffered in connection with the Fund or the receipt, use or misuse of any development grant, including participation in any travel or other activities.
Mozilla reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any person or Applicant it reasonably suspects has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Fund by cheating, deception, or other unfair practices, or has tampered with any of Sponsor’s websites, the submission process, the review process, or has violated these Terms, or has acted in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or who annoys, abuses, threatens, or harasses Sponsor, its agents, its assigns or any other Applicant.
Applicant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Mozilla and its directors, officers, employees, agents and affiliates from and against any damages, claims, or liability (“Claims”) resulting from Applicant’s Submission and any other materials submitted to Sponsor. Applicant shall not be responsible to indemnify Mozilla for Claims involving modifications to or uses of the submitted materials made by Mozilla.
Limitation of liability/disclaimer:
ALL CONTENT LOCATED AT OR AVAILABLE FROM THE FUND WEBSITE IS PROVIDED "AS IS," AND MOZILLA OR THIRD PARTIES MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND ANY DUTY (IF ANY) OF WORKMANLIKE EFFORT OR LACK OF NEGLIGENCE. THE FUND WEBSITE IS PROVIDED: (1) AS IS WITH ALL FAULTS; AND (2) WITHOUT ANY ASSURANCE, OR WARRANTY, CONDITION OR DUTY OF OR REGARDING: FUNCTIONALITY; PRIVACY; SECURITY; ACCURACY; AVAILABILITY; LACK OF: NEGLIGENCE, INTERRUPTION, VIRUSES OR OF OTHER HARMFUL CODE, COMPONENTS OR TRANSMISSIONS. ALSO, THERE IS NO WARRANTY BY MOZILLA OR THIRD PARTIES OF TITLE OR AGAINST INFRINGEMENT OR INTERFERENCE WITH ENJOYMENT OF ANY ASPECT OF THE WEBSITE.
The Fund and the rights and obligations of all Applicants and Submissions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California. The California courts (state and federal) have sole jurisdiction of any controversies regarding the Fund, and you agree to waive any objections to jurisdiction and venue in those courts and hereby submit to the jurisdiction of those courts. Should any provision of these Terms be held to be void, invalid, unenforceable, or illegal by a proper legal authority, the validity and enforceability of the other provisions shall not be affected.
The sponsor for this Gigabit Community Fund is the Mozilla Foundation, 331 E. Evelyn Avenue, Mountain View, CA 94041 USA, a non-profit foundation acting in cooperation with the United States National Science Foundation to help foster development to promote the public good.
List of Grant Awards:
The grants awarded for each round of the Fund will be posted on the Mozilla Gigabit website when the awards are made.