ARIN Community Grant Program

Community Grant Program (Logo)

The ARIN Community Grant Program provides financial grants in support of initiatives that improve the overall Internet industry and Internet user environment. ARIN will award grants to support qualified projects that advance ARIN’s mission and benefit the Internet community within the ARIN region. In 2019, the ARIN Community Grant Program has a budget of $60,000 (USD) to provide funding to successful applicants in varying amounts, starting at $1,000 (USD) and based on project need.

The deadline for applications closed 11 June 2019. New application period will open Spring 2020.

Who can apply?

Organizations that may apply for a grant include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • non-government organizations
  • non-profit educational bodies
  • university or research and development institutions
  • open-source groups

Eligibility Guidelines

To be eligible for a grant, projects must:

  1. Align with ARIN’s Mission. Projects must fit into one or more of the following broad categories:

    • Internet technical improvements that promote and facilitate the expansion, development, and growth of the infrastructure of the Internet consistent with the public interest
    • Registry processes and technology improvements that help maintain a globally consistent and highly usable Internet Numbers Registry system
    • Informational outreach that advances the Internet by covering topics such as, but not limited to: IPv6 deployment, Internet research, and Internet governance
  2. Benefit the Internet community within the ARIN service region.

Preference will be given to projects with an implementation timeline for completion within a 12 month period, and only one application per organization will be considered.


Community Grant Program (Timeline)
  • Applications accepted until 11 June 2019
  • ARIN Board of Trustees makes final selection by 14 August 2019
  • Applicants notified of application status by 21 August 2019
  • Signed Grant Recipient Agreement due 28 August 2019
  • Grant recipients announced by 3 September 2019
  • Funds issued no later than 30 September 2019
  • Project update reports due 31 March 2020
  • Final project reports due 30 September 2020

What to expect when applying

Applications must be submitted through the designated online form and must be completed by the announced deadline.

First you must create a Survey Monkey Apply account and verify your email address before beginning your application. You will be asked to provide the following information: applicant details, project overview, project details, project budget, and project compliance and disclosure. If you so chose, you may upload supporting documentation in the application form. By submitting the application you indicate that you are willing to sign the Grant Recipient Agreement if your project is selected for funding. We shall collect, process and share all data, including personal data, in relation to the ARIN Community Grant Program in accordance with the ARIN Privacy Statement.

How applications will be evaluated

ARIN will convene a Grant Selection Committee that will recommend proposals to the ARIN Board of Trustees Finance Committee (FinCom) for further review. The Grant Selection Committee will review all qualified applications and evaluate according to the ARIN Community Grant Program selection criteria. The Grant Selection Committee or ARIN staff may request more details or modifications to any part of the application at any time during the selection process. Selection Committee scoring will be conducted through an online platform that calculates an average score based the points given by each Selection Committee member. The Committee shall provide its recommendations in writing to the FinCom and shall include a summary of the justification for each recommended proposal. The Committee is not obligated to spend its entire budget and may recommend partial funding for any project based on demonstrated need and available funds. The FinCom shall review finalists and then provide its recommendations in writing to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will make the final selection. All decisions made by the Board of Trustees are final and all Community Grant Program communications and deliberations regarding the applications shall be kept confidential.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be scored on a 50 point scale as follows:

  • Completeness (0-5 points)
    • Includes clear and complete information
    • Adequately answers all questions, including sufficient details
    • Describes project thoroughly
    • Clearly-stated and carefully-considered funding requirements
  • Alignment with eligibility guidelines (0-20 points)
    • Project focuses on Internet technical improvements, registry processes and technology improvements, or informational outreach
    • Benefits the Internet community in the ARIN region
  • Relevance and reach (0-20 points)
    • Project innovatively addresses a specific problem
    • Desired outcomes will have a positive and meaningful impact on overall Internet industry or Internet user environment
  • Likelihood of success (0-5 points)
    • Appears achievable, including objectives and timeline
    • Anticipated completion falls within a 12 month period
    • Expenses appear reasonable and customary
    • Project has relevant personnel or organizational support

Grant Selection Committee

The Grant Selection Committee shall include two members of ARIN staff, one to be appointed Committee Chair. The Committee shall also include three (3) individual representatives from General Members in good standing or ARIN-elected individuals, who shall be appointed by the staff committee members. The Committee will be required to submit a year-end activity report to the Board of Trustees upon completion of work. Committee members are not precluded from serving successive terms.

2019 ARIN Grant Selection Committee

  • Susan Hamlin, ARIN Senior Director of Communications and Member Services
  • Michael Abejuela, ARIN Associate General Counsel
  • Peter Harrison, Colovore, ARIN Board of Trustees
  • Tina Morris, Amazon, ARIN Advisory Council
  • Matthew Wilder, TELUS

Post-Grant Selection Process

Applicants will be notified directly of grant selection status upon the final decision of the ARIN Board of Trustees.

Successful applicants will be required to log in to their Survey Monkey Apply account to accept or decline the grant. Upon acceptance, applicants are required to submit a signed Grant Recipient Agreement and to provide information related to the issuance of funds.

All grant recipients will be announced on ARIN’s website including organization name, project title, project summary, full or partial project description, and grant amount. Funds will be dispersed in a timely fashion following the public announcement of successful applicants.

Reporting Requirements for Grant Recipients

Grant recipients are required to provide written reports on project status and outcomes. The first project update report is due by 31 March 2020 which will be submitted through the grant recipient’s Survey Monkey Apply account. We also ask that recipients fill out a short survey to help us improve the Community Grant Program experience. A final written report is due on or before 30 September 2020 that will be submitted via email. Reports should explain how the project performed in terms of the objectives laid out in advance, including specific details on how funds were spent, outcomes, number of individuals reached, and how the Internet industry benefited in the ARIN region in terms of Internet technical improvements, registry processes and technology improvements, or informational outreach. Grant recipients will also be given the opportunity to share project results in a blog on and at an ARIN Public Policy and Members Meeting.

ARIN Community Grant Program Application Questions

Applicant Details

  • Main Contact: Full Name, Email, Phone Number, Title, Organization, Additional Information
  • Application Organization: Name, Address, URL, Organization Type, Is your organization a nonprofit? Region, D&B D-U-N-S Number

Project Overview

  • Project Title
  • Project Summary: Concise project description in 200 words or less
  • Project Objectives: What specific 1-3 objective(s) is the project aiming to achieve?

Project Details

  • Project Description: Detailed yet succinct project description, including a problem statement and goal. How does this project improve the overall Internet industry and Internet user environment? Describe the groups that will be the direct and indirect beneficiaries of the outcomes achieved by the project.
  • Ability to Deliver: Describe briefly relevant past experience of key personnel or organizations
  • Project Timeline: Include any deliverables, e.g., reports, tools, presentations, etc.
  • Optional Upload: Additional supporting information

Project Budget

  • Funding: How much funding are you requesting (in US dollars)?
  • Budget: Describe anticipated program expenses by major category. Include summary of financial controls on access to grant funds.
  • Dependencies: Are there any third-party dependencies or will this project receive funding from any other source(s)? If yes, provide details. (If constrained by confidentiality agreements, provide a description of the breakdown of the share of the funding being sought from ARIN and the general nature of the other funding sources.)
  • Optional Upload: Budget information

Project Compliance and Disclosure

  • Eligibility Guideline 1: How does the project fit into one or more of the following categories: Internet technical improvements, registry processes and technology improvements, or informational outreach?
  • Eligibility Guideline 2: How does the project benefit the Internet community within the ARIN service region? Does the implementation timeline for completion fall within a 12 month period? If no, how long with the project take to complete?
  • Potential Conflicts: Does the project involve any persons (or their family members) who are an ARIN employee, trustee, officer, or anyone who serves on any ARIN committees or council? If yes, provide details.

We encourage aplicants to clearly demonstrate how your project meets the eligibility guidelines and selection criteria throughout the application form to improve your project’s chances of being selected. Please email us at if you have any questions concerning the ARIN Community Grant Program.

Program History and Past Grant Recipients

See program statistics and the 2019 grant recipients from the first year of the ARIN Community Grant Program.