CII aims to extend funding to other, critical and underfunded projects

DUSSELDORF, Germany, LinuxCon and CloudOpen, October 13, 2014 – The Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII), a project hosted by The Linux Foundation that enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and esteemed developers to collaboratively identify and fund critical open source projects that are in need of assistance, today issued a call for new grant proposals for open source projects seeking industry support.

While there are not formal requirements for proposals, grant requests should describe the history of the project, how it represents core Internet infrastructure and how the project would benefit from funding for developers, code audits or other measures. Grant proposals can be submitted on an ongoing basis. Decisions are made by CII's twenty-member steering group, which is informed by an esteemed Advisory Board of community and industry experts. 

CII earlier this year made initial grants to OpenSSL, NTP and OpenSSH. These grants have been used for code audits, hiring more developers and providing infrastructure.

“Our initial grants to OpenSSL, NTP and OpenSSH are already helping those core projects we all rely on,” said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. “CII is now ready to expand the positive impact we hope to have on more open source projects that are critical to the Internet’s infrastructure.”

Grants proposals may be made online at

The members of the CII are Adobe, Amazon Web Services, Bloomberg, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, HP, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, NetApp, Qualcomm, Rackspace, and VMware.

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