Grant Guidelines

Our 2021 Grant Cycle is closed for applications. Now the work of applicant selection begins. Thank you all for your applications!

April 7, 2021 — The No Starch Press Foundation (NSPF) today announced the opening of its 2021 Grant Cycle, and will accept applications from now until 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. NSPF will award up to $100,000 USD in grants of a minimum of USD $10,000 each to projects that are designed to grow the worldwide hacker community, and support STE(A)M education initiatives.

“Hackers globally and of all types, both old and new school, play an increasingly important role in driving innovation, improving computer security, teaching our young people, and growing our collective knowledge,” says NSPF Founder and Chair of the Board, Bill Pollock. “The Foundation was formed to further this mission through our grant program, which is designed to directly support the global hacking community.”

Eligible applicants include hackers of all ages, wherever they reside, whatever the discipline. NSPF encourages applications that support projects ranging from machine learning and new AI programming languages, to quantum computing, cybersecurity, privacy research, and the like. The Foundation also encourages applications from small organizations, students or student groups, and individuals with project proposals that include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Promoting global public awareness of elite engineering skills
  • Supporting and advancing learning in elite engineering skills

NSPF will have three (3) stages in the review process, and applicants who qualify will be notified at each stage. Final award recipients will be announced on October 3, 2021 – “National Techies Day” – via the Foundation’s website:


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

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.


If you have additional questions please email us at [email protected].


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