Crowd Funding

CommunityBridge Funding is a platform that makes it possible for open source projects to raise money via donations from individuals and corporations. The goal behind the crowdfunding effort is to enable projects to pay maintainers and developers for their efforts and project expenses, and to ensure project communities have financial resources to secure, maintain, and advance open source.

Linux Foundation doesn't charge any fees for the first $10M raised through CommunityBridge, which allows developers to use more money for work, drive innovation, sustainability, and adoption.

Anyone who is interested in supporting an open source project can learn about CommunityBridge Funding and get involved. Browse through projects and learn about their fundraising goals, donations, expenses, and security vulnerabilities.

Project Administrators submit funding applications for financial support from companies and individuals to grow their communities by paying money to developers for their contribution, by sponsoring project related travel meet-ups, spending money in marketing, and so on. Project administrators are the primary maintainers of the open source projects on CommunityBridge.

Project administrators can also enroll their projects in a mentorship program to help aspiring developers learn while they contribute to their open source project. Projects can utilize raised funds to pay mentee stipends and provide travel scholarships for events and project summits.

Backers and sponsors donate money to open source community projects and events.

  • Backers are individuals who donate a minimum of $5.

  • Sponsors are companies that donate a minimum of $500.

Designated beneficiaries get reimbursed for their support of open source community projects and events.

How to Participate

You can participate by applying and submitting your open source project to receive funding through the CommunityBridge platform, as well as by donating to projects, and sponsoring events and travel scholarships.

You must have an account or sign in to CommunityBridge Funding website to participate. For details, see Sign in to CommunityBridge. Note: If you have created a Single Sign-On(SSO) account with Linux Foundation, you can sign in to CommunityBridge using your SSO credentials.

Applying for Funding

As an individual/project administrator, you can apply to raise funds for your project by submitting an application for your GitHub or Git-based project. After your project is approved by the Linux Foundation, it will be visible on the CommunityBridge Funding dashboard under Projects and Mentorships tab. You can apply for event funding or a travel scholarships by submitting an Event or a Travel Scholarship application form.

Donating/Sponsoring

As an individual you can donate to projects and/or travel scholarships, and sponsor events. For details, see Donate as an Individual, and Sponsor Events.

As an organization you can donate to projects and/or travel scholarships, and sponsor events. For details, see Donate as an Organization, and Sponsor Events.