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This page outlines the Mozilla Open Source Hacking Fund (MOSH) [name TBD], a Mozilla program for encouraging more of what we want to see in the world by supporting other Open Source projects.

'Building Blocks' Track

'Building Blocks' [name TBD] is the MOSH track which supports software incorporated into Mozilla products, or which we rely on as part of our infrastructure or to get our jobs done. Projects which fit into this category and who are in need of funds are welcome to apply for a grant.

  • Grants are jointly submitted by the leader of a project and an established Mozillian who will champion the grant.
  • The Mozillian may be (but does not need to be) a project contributor to the project they are championing.
  • The Mozillian must vouch for the usefulness of the software, commit to monitoring the project, and report on the effectiveness of the grant after the money is spent. They will also work with the application evaluation committee to help them assess the appropriateness of the grant to the needs of the project.
  • The money must be used to benefit the project, but it does not have to be used on things which themselves would directly benefit Mozilla. This is a program for general support of free and open source software projects.
  • Grant requests should be for the amount of financial support that helps accomplish a clear and current project goal. Projects that don’t have a need for funds at this time can be considered when such a need arises. A $10,000 grant request is just as valid as a $50,000 or $100,000 request. A previous application, successful or unsuccessful, does not disqualify a project from applying again.
  • The project’s home can be anywhere in the world where we can make payment without undue burden. We have a reasonably strong preference for funding legal organizations rather than individuals representing projects, although exceptional circumstances could lead to some flexibility.
  • [TBD] Mozilla-based projects are not eligible for this program. This program is aimed at broadening our connections with other groups.

Other Tracks

In the future, MOSH will have other tracks. We are developing one with a particular focus on providing security audit and remediation for key projects with a significant attack surface and exposure. These may have similar or different application criteria, or they may not have a public application process at all.

Evaluation Criteria

We will evaluate proposals individually and on their merits. We make no commitment to allocating to any particular project. We will assess the degree to which we rely on a project, the size, potential and scope of the overall project, and its needs.