Affiliate Project Grants

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Creative Commons is excited to announce the CC Affiliate Project Grants. These grants are part of funding from Google to help strengthen and support the work of CC’s Global Affiliate Network.

The Project Grants are designed to seed affiliate projects that support and forward CC’s mission in your country or region and promote a broad understanding and adoption of open policies and related practices around the world. Depending on the final number of selected projects, proposals submitted by CC affiliates and community members will be selected to receive up to $20,000 USD towards their project(s).

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All content in the reports is licensed under a Creative Commons' Attribution 4.0 International license, unless otherwise marked.






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Grant Application Information

Who May Apply

Grants are open only to CC community - that is, CC affiliates, those who have worked extensively with CC and/or those who are working with CC to establish an official CC team in their country. Joint applications from CC community teams and partner organizations are also welcome.

There is no limit to the number of submissions that may be made by an affiliate or team.


Depending on the range of projects submitted, successful applications may receive up to $20,000 USD towards their project(s). However, we highly encourage smaller projects with lower funding requirements to also apply, as this may allow for more projects to be funded. Funds will be distributed beginning in August (see Timeline below) and cannot be applied to expenses incurred prior to the date of funding. Funds can be used to supplement applicants’ existing funds for a specific project, but cannot be used as a supplement to core funding.


Only project activities occurring between August 2013 - March 2014 will be considered for grant funding.

  • June 12, 2013 - CC Affiliate Project Grants submission opens
  • July 8, 2013 midnight PST (GMT -7) - Deadline for all project submissions
  • July 29, 2013 - Selected projects contacted, formalities commence
  • August 6, 2013 - Projects announced publicly and grant funds distributed
  • August 21-24, 2013 - Selected projects present at the Global Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • December, 2013 - Interim report due for selected projects
  • March, 2014 - Selected projects wrap up; Final report due

Project Aims

Applicants may seek funding for projects that positively impact Creative Commons' mission of helping to share knowledge and creativity with the world by developing, supporting, and stewarding legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.

Number of Projects

The aim is to fund at least one project in each of Creative Commons’ principal geographic regions (Africa, Arab World, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America). More grants will be awarded if funds allow. Affiliates are encouraged to work with partners if appropriate for their intended project.

In addition, there are also funds for at least one collaborative, region-wide outreach and education project. To be eligible for this grant, the project will need to involve more than one affiliate team in a particular region.

Example Projects

  • Convene a workshop or series of workshops on best practices for developing and publishing Open Educational Resources
  • Produce publications, factsheets, or videos explaining the use and downstream reuse of CC licenses in different domains
  • Hold a CC-licensed music competition in your region and produce an LP with a compilation of tracks available online under a CC-license
  • Publish metrics on a website, factsheet, or video that measures the impact of CC-licensed works in a particular field (e.g., education, science) or region (e.g., Africa)
  • Document and publish novel business models that are enabled by CC licenses and technologies, including commercial ventures
  • Host a CC film festival in your region and capture the activities on a website
  • Publish an analysis of the benefits and challenges of incorporating CC licenses and technologies within governments, libraries, museums, or other cultural institutions
  • Publish a book on the negative effects of license proliferation or case studies involving license incompatibilities
  • Support a local affiliate team in implementing a CC-related technology challenge, such as adding license support to a specific content management system
  • Conduct a tour of open advocates across a region running clinics on using free software creation tools and working with CC-licensed content

Projects Not Eligible

Project grants may not be used in support of the following:

  • Lobbying (whether local, national, or regional legislative activities) or to support a candidate for public office - see CC’s Policy Advocacy Guidelines for more detail on what amounts to “lobbying”
  • Core / general operating funds for a CC affiliate or community team
  • Projects outside of CC’s mission and vision, as determined by CC HQ
  • Projects that do not involve CC affiliates or community members
  • Travel to events - other grants may be available for this

Grantee/Recipient Requirements

Successful applicants will be required to sign a Grant Agreement as a condition of receiving funds, which will specify reporting, accounting, and other terms and conditions governing receipt and use of the funds. Among other things, all Grant Agreements will require that all original material produced within the scope of the grant program be published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license or CC0, or if the material is software, an OSI-approved open source software license.

Grant recipients must also agree to report on and document the project and use of funds as described by Creative Commons in the Grant Agreement. The Grant Agreement shall indicate Creative Commons reserves the right to comply with any applicable domestic and international laws, rules, and regulations and stipulate agreement on terms reasonable to Creative Commons' needs, in its sole discretion.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through July 8, 2013 (see Timeline). Applicants will be notified by July 29, 2013 of their status. All decisions on grant applications are final.

All applications must be submitted in English. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Fill out the Project Grant Application here. If you would like to prepare your answers in advance to filling out the online form, you can find them listed here.

Selection Process

Proposals will be examined by a committee of HQ staff, who will consider the following criteria in their assessment. All decisions shall be made by CC in its sole discretion. Criteria:

  • Relevance to CC mission
  • Benefit to CC community
  • Significance of proposed outcome
  • Likely impact
  • Feasibility
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Existence of partners and/or sponsors


For any questions contact Proposals or supplemental materials sent via email will not be accepted.