Grant Guidelines

NSPF 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
    • Fundraising events
    • Religious or political organizations
    • Private foundations
    • Capital projects with large budgets
    • 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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