Grant for the Web

The itme team is proud to announce we have been awarded a $100k Flagship Level grant from Grant for the Web, a $100M fund designed to boost open, fair, and inclusive standards and innovation in Web Monetization. Working monetization natively into the web using open protocols and standards benefits both content creators and their supporters by providing access, choice, and user control.

Under the guidance of Dr Dédé Tetsubayashi (Incluu) itme will be creating an open source Solid application that will let users easily publish, create, and monetize custom pages showcasing writing, music and video content hosted in a Solid POD at a domain of their choosing. Existing platforms that allow users to monetize their content require either the skills and capitalization to maintain custom web infrastructure or a willingness to let a third party become a steward of both content and data about content creators. itme.online will provide a new option for users who would like to maintain full sovereignty over their content and monetize it without running a web server. Building on top of Solid and Web Monetization means that users will be free to move their content off of itme without interrupting the monetization of their content.

The Flagship grant will fund the development of the itme.online platform for the next 6 months, at the end of which period the software will be published under an OSI-compliant open source license.

About itme:

itme is building cooperatively-owned and decentralized tools for a better internet. Civic technology built on Solid, powered by communities, for the people, by the people. Learn more at itme.company.

About Grant for the Web:

The Grant for the Web Program (GftW Program) - led by founding collaborators Coil, the Mozilla Foundation, and Creative Commons - is a $100 million fund that enables content creators and software developers to adopt and advance Web Monetization and the Interledger Protocol: open standards for better, alternative online business models that benefit the public good.

The GftW Program will help create an ecosystem built on these open standards to enable innovation, competition, and creativity both among creators and among the monetization service providers that arrange for paying them.

Projects were submitted through a public, global call for proposals launched in late April for three levels of funding: Spark, Mid-Level and Flagship. In less than two months, 286 applications were submitted and reviewed by a panel of independent judges recruited from across the technology, open standards, philanthropy, and arts/culture sectors.