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The Application Process

Before applying, please note:

NOTE: The grant application deadline has been extended to November 29, 2020.

  • The 2020 NSPF Fall Grant Cycle ends and applications are due by 11:59 PM, PST, November 29, 2020.
  • NSPF will notify grant recipients no later than 11:59 PM, PST, December 7, 2020.  Grant decisions will also be announced via our website.
  • Please note that applications will only remain pending in our system for the duration of a single grant cycle. 
  • If your application is not selected, we encourage you to apply again in future cycles!
  • We will award up to US $100,000 in grants in 2020. Grants will range up to US $10,000 each.  Awarded grants may be for less than the amount requested.

We have a three step process:

  • Step One: Review the  NSPF Grant Guidelines.
    Please read Our Grant Guidelines below before applying to see if you meet our basic criteria for receiving a grant.
  • Step Two: Read the NSPF Application FAQ.
    Please read the NSPF Application FAQ before applying so you are fully informed of the NSPF process.
  • Step Three – Submit Application Form
    Individuals, Groups, or Organizations who are interested should submit an application using the form below.  Applications must be in English.  It is the applicant’s obligation to translate language, verbal or Braille, into written English.


Please direct any questions or concerns to [email protected].

NOTE: We will be unable to respond to your questions about grant status. If you need to edit your grant request you should find a link to do so when you receive a confirmation email.

Our Grant Guidelines


The purpose of the NSPF Grant Program is to strengthen and enrich the hacker community through small monetary grants.  The following are examples of ways such grants can be used:

  • Independent STEM education Initiatives such as homebrew hacking or robotics clubs, student led research projects, and other similar activities not otherwise supported by school or institutional grants.
  • Contests, Scholarships and other Educational Programs that promote student education about information security, computers and the hacker community.
  • Community events and presentations that focus on connecting students, hacker groups, and other interested parties, with recognized Industry leaders.

NSPF is open to receiving applications that fall outside of the themes listed above, provided the proposed project is consistent with the spirit of the Foundation and is designed to promote computer science education and the advancement of STEM knowledge.

Eligibility Considerations and Exclusions

Eligibility and Considerations

  • Eligible applicants include but are not limited to students, student groups, independent security and privacy researchers, small organizations, and  individuals.
  • NSPF gives preference to projects run on small budgets and those less likely to receive corporate, institutional, or government funding. 
  • NSPF currently only awards grants in the United States. We hope to begin awarding grants globally in 2020.
  • If you have questions about our grant process please write to us at


  • Members of the NSPF Board, Programming, Fundraising, Advisory, and other committees are ineligible for consideration.
  • NSPF does not consider funding requests for:
    • Endowments or reserve funds
    • Individual crowdfunding, GoFundMe pages, or similar
    • Fundraising events
    • Religious organizations for religious purposes
    • Political organizations
    • Political or religious symposiums, conferences, or conventions
    • Professional association meetings or related expenses
    • Individual primary and secondary schools, PTOs, and PTAs
    • Salaries or staff training
    • Government agencies
    • Loans or investments
    • Research studies outside the scope of our Mission
    • Athletic teams, events, booster clubs, or sponsorships
    • Animal related programs, including shelters
    • Merchandise for fundraisers and auctions
    • Merchandise promotions, partnerships, or advertising
    • General awareness campaigns/advocacy
    • Development or production of books, films, videos, television programs, social media, or websites
    • Parties, celebrations, parades, festivals, or raffles or related expenses
    • Deficit funding
    • Awards, monuments and/or memorials
    • Private foundations
    • Capital campaigns, building projects
    • School tuition 
    • Activities that are not consistent with the NSPF mission.

Grant funds may not be used to promote or engage in criminal acts of violence, terrorism, hate crimes, the destruction of any state, or discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, religion, military and veteran status, disability, sex, age, gender identity or sexual orientation, or support of any entity that engages in these activities.


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