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1 day until the deadline on March 31!

€1.2 Million for Open Source Projects

The Prototype Fund supports ideas in civic tech, data literacy, data security, and software infrastructure. With a grant of up to €30.000, software developers, hackers, and creatives can write code and develop open source prototypes over a period of six months. The Prototype Fund is funded by the Federal Ministry for Research and Education in Germany.

Round 2

In addition to the above topics, the second round also calls for submissions that involve tools for a stronger civil society.

Last year, we bore witness to political and social changes around the world that compel us to focus on how we can influence these events with our own means – technology and code. As a consequence, the second round of the Prototype Fund calls for projects that show how code and software can strengthen civil society.

These could be tools that enable activists and organizations to mobilize their supporters, organize campaigns, collect information, and share knowledge. Or software that helps people to get new initiatives going, and to organize groups in an easier or more efficient way. And of course, this also includes tools that protect our privacy and enable secure communication. Read more in our blog (German).

Who can apply?

Self-employed and independent developers who live in Germany can apply for funding.


Each project is backed with a maximum of 30,000€, coaching from experienced mentors, and collaboration with an exciting network.

Time frame

You have 6 months to implement your idea from the first concept to a prototype. There will be four rounds of funding between 2016 and 2019. About 10 projects can be funded each round.

Open Source

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


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