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


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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