We fund Public Interest Tech.

The next application phase starts 1 August 2022.

The Prototype Fund supports ideas in civic tech, data literacy, data security and software infrastructure. We want to provide software developers, hackers, and creatives with the opportunity to code and develop innovative public interest technologies.

The Prototype Fund is the first and only funding program of its sort in Germany. We provide the place and the means necessary to implement innovative software prototypes with a benefit for society: Especially for freelance developers and interdisciplinary teams that have not been considered by government funding instruments before.

The project teams will receive up to €47,500 over six months from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. With this funding, they can write code and develop a first prototype of your software. In addition, we will connect them with tech and other relevant communities, support them with coaching, and advise them on project implementation and communication.

Only applicants with a residency in Germany are eligible for funding. If you are not a resident in Germany but interested in the funding program nevertheless take a look at our funded projects, their code base, funding criteria and the FAQ. If you have any questions or plan to set up a similar funding program feel free to contact the team. We are happy to help!

The next application phase starts until August 1st, 2022.

11,4 Mio €



FUNDED PROJECTS (incl. #wirvsvirus)

47.500 €


Public Interest Tech

Developers from civil society create technologies that focus on the needs of users and are freely available. These technologies - regardless of their (financial) usability - form the basis of our (digital) coexistence and create added value for society.


Funding is available for independent programmers and small teams based in Germany. Each project is supported with a maximum of 47,500€. From 2016 to 2024, up to 25 innovative projects will be funded in 16 funding rounds.

Time frame

You have 6 months for the implementation from concept to prototype.

Open Source

Your results must be made publicly available under an open source license.