We fund Public Interest Tech.

The new application phase starts February 1, 2021.

The Prototype Fund supports ideas in  civic tech, data literacy, data security and software infrastructure. With a grant of up to €47.500 from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, software developers, hackers, and creatives can code and develop innovative open source prototypes during a period of six months.

You can apply for our 10th round from the 1st of February 2021.

8,1 Mio €



FUNDED PROJECTS (incl. #wirvsvirus)

47.500 €


Who can apply?

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


Each project is backed with a maximum of 47,500€, coaching from experienced mentors, and collaboration within an exciting network. From 2016 through 2020, there will be eight funding rounds. Each round, we can support up to 25 innovative open source projects.

Time frame

You have 6 months to implement your idea from the first concept to a prototype.

Open Source

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