"Mozilla Open Source Support: Now Open To All Projects"

Mozilla’s OSS grants are now available to all open source projects, that share Mozilla’s mission: https://lwn.net/Articles/687063/

I think we could and should apply. We need to propose concrete goals the grant would afford the project and its users however. Not sure how to go about that. Perhaps we should set up a poll somewhere after a proposal period and then vote on what’s most important to the community?

Personally, I’d like to see progress on modules/schemas, library loading/layout improvements (enabling multi-connection support on the way), and built-in encryption.


IIRC, in 2015 most projects submitted were awarded, so definitely worth entering this year.

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Does the Unhosted e.V. still exist, by the way? Some entity would have to manage the funds, of course.

No, it doesn’t (because we had to pay a flat-rate yearly tax to the Finanzamt)

Ouch. Sounds like we’d have to create a new entity, possibly in a different country, then.

Do you remember how much the fee for an e.V. is? Or maybe we can ask Wau Holland Stiftung again? Or NLnet for that matter?

I don’t think it’s necessary to have a legal organization, just let them send the money to someone’s personal paypal bank account, that’s also what we did with the ToS;DR crowdfunding campaign.

For Unhosted eV we had to submit a financial report each year, and since we weren’t doing that, they just invented the numbers and “estimated” how much tax they wanted from us. IIRC it was about 50 euros per year; we also had to pay for keeping the account at Berliner Bank open, so we stopped that as well and just went “virtual” :slight_smile:

Ok, thanks. I just thought it’d be nice to have a shared entity, where the accounts are not controlled by one person.

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Plenty left still: https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2016/06/22/mozilla-awards-385000-to-open-source-projects-as-part-of-moss-mission-partners-program/

From the ML:

Hi everyone,

We’ve decided to implement a more batched process for considering MOSS
applications, so we’ll be having an application deadline every 3 months
for that round of consideration.

The first of these deadlines is 11:59pm UTC on August 31st, 2017 -
basically, the end of August. They will then occur every three months

So if you or someone you know is pondering a MOSS application, now is
the time to send it in. The deadline is a little over a week away.


That’s says 2017, but I’m guessing it is supposed to be 2016!

Hi @raucao and @michielbdejong, please remember ecobytes is⸻yes, I know how improbable this sounds⸻still around and explicitly also offers to be the administrative part for projects of its communities. We are currently bootstrapping a similar process for


The wiki page also states

We have a reasonably strong preference for funding legal organizations rather than individuals representing projects, although exceptional circumstances could lead to some flexibility.

Next round is end of november.

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New website: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/moss/mission-partners/

They just published their first report: https://blog.mozilla.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/MOSS_2016_review_april_25-v.1.0.pdf

Sounds good to me.