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The application period is over. We will communicate the supported projects in the beginning of July. 

Meanwhile, check out our collaborative list of Civic Tech projects in Switzerland and abroad and add the projects inspiring you.

The Prototype Fund supports projects that strengthen digital participation in the Swiss democracy. Which possibilities do you see for digital solutions to strengthen democracy? We can’t wait to find out. Apply now.

With a grant of up to CHF 100.000, we enable software developers, hackers, data journalists, creatives and political activists to realise their tech idea, from the concept to the first demo. You and your team can code and develop innovative open source prototypes during a period of six months. Additionally you will receive coaching, consulting and networking opportunities with tech and other communities.

The application period starts 17 March 2020 and ends 14 May 2020. The prototyping phase will last from 1 September 2020 until 28 February 2021 (Timeline). 

The Prototype Fund Switzerland is a joint initiative by and  Mercator Foundation Switzerland.

Further important information can be found in the FAQ.

Who can be funded?

Self-employed developers and small teams who have a work permit in Switzerland can apply for funding. 


A project can be supported with a maximum of CHF 100,000. At least 5 innovative projects will be supported.

Time frame

You have 6 months time for the implementation from concept to prototype.

Open Source

Your results must be made publicly available under an open source license.