RFP archive

Privacy Education for Youth

The Beacon settlement agreement directed the Digital Trust Foundation to invest in educating Internet users on how to protect themselves and their information from online threats. The Foundation intends to invest $1,000,000 to fund privacy education projects focused on young people residing in the United States. We anticipate entertaining proposals for projects of various sizes, with budgets in the range of $50,000 and $200,000. Exceptional projects with budgets outside this range may be considered.

The Foundation invites proposals for one of three strategies:

1. Implementation and assessment of privacy education programs for youth

2. Development and implementation of privacy education media campaigns for youth

3. Development of a privacy messaging best practices white paper


Understanding Socioeconomic Status and Online Privacy and Security

The Digital Trust Foundation has found that research and analysis of the online privacy experiences of low-SES populations are underrepresented in the public discourse, media coverage, and academic literature. To address this gap, the Foundation intends to fund (1) research into the privacy and security experience of low-SES people and (2) online privacy and security-related direct services and information dissemination to low-SES people. We anticipate entertaining proposals for projects of various sizes, with budgets in the range of $50,000 and $300,000. Exceptional projects with budgets outside this range may be considered.


Assessing, Preventing, and Addressing Digital Abuse

The Digital Trust Foundation has found several gaps in digital abuse research and action. To address these gaps, the Foundation intends to fund (1) empirical research to understand the prevalence of various forms of digital abuse; (2) implementation and evaluation of digital abuse prevention strategies; and (3) organizations that provide direct services to victims and projects that contribute to the digital abuse policy debate. We anticipate entertaining proposals for projects of various sizes, with budgets in the range of $50,000 and $200,000. Exceptional projects with budgets outside of this range may be considered.

RFP, Application, & Templates

Request for Proposals

Funding Application (includes a checklist of required documents)

Project Budget Template

Proposal Templates:

Strategy 3.1 – Research

Strategy 3.2 – Prevention

Strategy 3.3 – Support


General Funding for Promotion of Online Privacy, Safety, and Security

The Digital Trust Foundation was created with the purpose of “fund[ing] projects and initiatives that promote the cause of online privacy, safety, and security.” The Foundation intends to invest $2,200,000 to sustain or scale effective programs that align with the guidelines of the settlement agreement. We anticipate entertaining proposals for projects of various sizes, with budgets up to $500,000. Exceptional projects with budgets outside this range may be considered.

Download the Request for Proposals (updated 10/22).