Mozilla launches a ` 10 mil­lion fund to sup­port open source projects in In­dia

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Mozilla has an­nounced ‘Global Mis­sion Part­ners: In­dia’, an award pro­gramme that fo­cuses on sup­port for open source. The ini­tia­tive is a part of the com­pany’s ex­ist­ing ‘Mis­sion Part­ners’ pro­gram, and is aimed at sup­port­ing open source and free soft­ware projects in In­dia with a to­tal fund­ing of ` 10 mil­lion.

The pro­gram is ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from all over In­dia. Also, Mozilla has agreed to sup­port ev­ery project that fur­thers the com­pany’s mis­sion. It has iden­ti­fied plenty of soft­ware projects in the coun­try that need ac­tive back­ing. “Our mis­sion, as em­bod­ied in our Man­i­festo, is to en­sure the In­ter­net is a global pub­lic re­source, open and ac­ces­si­ble to all; an In­ter­net that truly puts peo­ple first, where in­di­vid­u­als can shape their own ex­pe­ri­ence and are em­pow­ered, safe and in­de­pen­dent,” the com­pany wrote in a blog post.

The min­i­mum in­cen­tive for each suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cant in the ‘Global Mis­sion Part­ners: In­dia’ ini­tia­tive is

125,000. How­ever, ap­pli­cants can win sup­port of up to 5 mil­lion. The last date for ap­pli­ca­tions (in English or Hindi) from the first batch of ap­pli­cants for the award pro­gramme was Septem­ber 30.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing projects need to have an OSI open source li­cence or an FSF free soft­ware li­cence. Also, the ap­pli­cants must be based in In­dia. You can read all the explicit con­di­tions at Mozilla’s wiki page.

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