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We foster upgrades for Swiss democracy.

With these projects we strengthen political participation:

We create experimental spaces for upgrades for Swiss democracy. The Prototype Fund supports you in strengthening political participation with open source projects.

As a developer or a team of technically skilled, politically engaged and creative collaborators, you will receive up to CHF 100,000 to develop your civic tech idea from concept to the first prototype.

With this grant, you and your team can spend six months writing code and building a prototype of your open source software. In addition, we – Opendata.ch and the Mercator Foundation Switzerland – coach, consult and connect you with the tech and other communities.

The 2021 application phase ran from 7 April to 16 Mai. The current prototyping phase began on 31 August 2021 and lasts until 24 February 2022. The next application phase will start in April 2022. Subscribe to our newsletter and be the first to know!

Civic Tech

We foster open technologies by and for the people. We strengthen our democracy one small upgrade at a time. So that we can all participate in political decision making in a more extensive and profound way. 

Who do we fund?

We support self-employed developers and small, interdisciplinary teams (software developers, hackers, data journalists, politicos, creatives, etc.) with a work permit for Switzerland.

How do we support?

Your project will be supported with a maximum of 100,000 CHF. At least 5 innovative projects will be funded. You will have 6 months to develop a prototype from your concept.

Open Source

Your results must be made publicly available under an open source license. By publishing the source code, your project will be more trustworthy, effective and sustainable, as others can examine your prototype, build on it and develop it further.