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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Organizations, Groups, and
Individuals for STEM Activities Benefiting Computer Technology Experts

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No Starch Press Foundation (NSPF)

Deadline Date:

09/06/21 11:59 PM PST


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International organizations, groups, and individuals for STEM activities benefiting computer technology experts. Funding is intended to encourage education related to computer science and to advance knowledge of STEM topics. Preference will be given to projects that run on small budgets and those that are less likely to receive corporate, institutional, or government funding.

The purpose of the NSPF 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.

NSPF is open to receiving applications that fall outside of the themes listed above, provided the proposed project is consistent with the spirit of the Foundation and is designed to promote computer science education and the advancement of STEM knowledge.

NSPF 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193285

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Estimated Size of Grant:

NSPF will award grants of no less than $10,000 each. Awarded grants may be for less than the amount requested.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include but are not limited to students, student groups, independent security and privacy researchers, small organizations, and individuals.

Eligible applicants include hackers of all ages, wherever they reside, whatever the discipline.

- Members of the NSPF Board, Programming, Mentoring, Fundraising, Advisory, and other committees are ineligible for consideration.
- 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.

NSPF does not consider funding requests for:
- Activities that are not consistent with the NSPF 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

Pre-Application Information:

- NSPF will accept applications until 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021.
- NSPF will notify grant recipients no later than 11:59 PM, PST, on October 3, 2021. Grant decisions will also be announced via the website.
- Monies will be awarded via check within 3 weeks of notification. Accepted applicants will be prompted to provide necessary information so payment can be sent.

Applicants may apply once per project per grant cycle.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The online application is found at the bottom of the URL for Full Text link, below.

Please direct any questions or concerns to

No Starch Press Foundation
245 8th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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