We fund open source projects
The Prototype Fund supports ideas in civic tech, data literacy, data security, and software infrastructure. With a grant of up to €47.500, software developers, hackers, and creatives can write code and develop innovative open source prototypes over a period of six months.
The Prototype Fund is funded by the Federal Ministry for Research and Education of Germany.
Our goal is to support code for all and strengthen the open source community in Germany. In true open source spirit, we want to pave the way for further innovation and additional ideas.
Applications are open to individuals and small teams who live in Germany. You can apply for funding in eight application rounds from 2016 through 2020. The next application period will start on Feb. 1, 2018.
The projects we currently support can be found here.
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.
You have 6 months to implement your idea from the first concept to a prototype.
Your results must be made publicly available under an open source license.