Launched in 2020, The Microgrants and Small Project Support program is designed to support digital security and privacy education and software development through low overhead financial support to organizations and individuals working on projects that support the Calyx Institute's mission. We accept applications for our themed funds subject to certain restrictions detailed in the call for proposal pages. General grants and project support are currently by invitation only.
In 2022, we have provided or currently are providing financial support to the following projects through our general fund:
Team CommUNITY , a program of ARTICLE 19, offers a variety of in-demand services to the International digital rights community, which is made up of open-source technologists, frontline human rights defenders, and researchers. Calyx Institute support provided interim funding for Team CommUNITY to offer critical programming and training and continue important conversations during a time that individuals are unable to gather at the Internet Freedom Festival because of COVID-19.
We have or currently are providing financial support to the following projects through our Regional and Local Microgrants fund:
The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP) is a volunteer-run housing justice collective using data visualization, critical cartography, and community organizing to fight dispossession and evictions upon gentrifying landscapes in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City. In collaboration with other local organizations, the AEMP launched Landlord Tech Watch as a platform for information on harms associated with landlord technology. Our funding supports the research and writing of two reports on landlord tech harms in San Francisco and New York City - both epicenters of proptech development and deployment. These reports will hopefully empower tenants and serve coalition, policy, and housing justice work in the fight against landlord tech abuse.
Digital Fourth is the Massachusetts-based nonprofit focusing on advocacy around privacy and surveillance issues. Through funding from Calyx, they are developing curricula to be used in Massachusetts high school Government classes, which will teach students about the Fourth Amendment and its implications for cell phone surveillance and school-monitoring. This will bring to light what mechanisms are in place to protect student privacy, what, if any, information is being shared with law enforcement, how long student data maintained, and how consent is or is not requested for the use of the monitoring technology. The unit will culminate in each student writing an essay on a topic related to privacy, surveillance, and the Fourth Amendment.
Restore the Fourth Minnesota is a grassroots organization dedicated to restoring the protections of the Fourth Amendment and ending mass government surveillance. With funding from Calyx, they are researching the use of surveillance technology in Minnesota. Through their research, they will compile and publish a resource which lists which Minnesota government entities have used what kinds of surveillance technologies, including a timeline of adaption, Data on Use Policies, how polices compare baselines set by state law, permissiveness of the policy, enforcement mechanisms, and amount of oversight / public participation in policy-crafting process.
We are currently providing financial support to the following projects through our Sepal fund:
Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) is a non-profit that exists to enable the free transmission of data in the public interest, promote and support journalism, freedom of speech and government and corporate accountability. They engage in outreach, education, advocacy, and other work primarily through our collaborative index of datasets. The Calyx Institute will support infrastructure costs, including hosting, web development, and seeding capabilities for the nearly 50 TB of data in DDoSecret’s archive.