The Sovereign Tech Fund is currently active in three program areas: general funding for open source digital infrastructure, the Bug Resilience Program, and the Contribute Back Challenges

General Investments

The open source ecosystem, while incredibly successful, is also increasingly fragile. Many more people are using the software than contributing to it. It is time to invest in digital commons, volunteer communities and the open source ecosystem to build the digital world we want to see. We are working to strengthen the self-determined use of digital technologies and systems by individuals, industry, and governments.

To prepare an application, we ask that you review and consider all information regarding the selection criteria and the subsequent process. Applications are accepted exclusively through our application platform.

Information about general funding

Bug Resilience Program

The Bug Resilience Program proactively increases the resilience of open source software infrastructure and empower small and medium-sized open source projects. The goal is to lower their risk of harboring bugs and improve their capacity to respond to bugs as they are discovered. The program provides services to OSS projects, such as helping projects deal with technical debt, working on known security issues, performing code security audits to reduce high-risk vulnerabilities, as well as offering a bug & fix bounty platform to discover, responsibly report, and fix bugs.

More about the Bug Resilience Program

Contribute Back Challenges

It’s time to give back and invest in the open source ecosystem, to increase its security and sustainability, and to collectively shape the digital world we want.

Challenge participants can work on contributing back to open source for up to eight months, with a budget of up to €300,000 for each four-month round.

The deadline to apply for the Contribute Back Challenges was July 6, 2023.

More about the challenges

Selected Participants (First and Second Round)