The Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund is expanding to Austin in August.
The fund is a joint initiative among Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox web browser, the National Science Foundation and U.S. Ignite.
Mozilla is providing $150,000 in grant funding to Austin projects and tools that use the city’s Google Fiber network. The projects might include online streaming in classrooms or immersive virtual reality.
It’s also creating Gigabit Hive Austin, a network of individuals, schools, nonprofits, museums and other local organizations passionate about teaching and learning the Web.
“Selected from a list of contenders from across the country, Austin stood out due to its existing city-wide digital inclusion plan, active developer community, and growing informal education landscape,” Mark Surman, Mozilla’s executive director, said in a news statement. “When you couple lightning-fast Internet with innovative projects in the realms of education and workforce development, amazing things can happen.”
“Austin stood out due to its existing city-wide digital inclusion plan, active developer community, and growing informal education landscape,” according to a Mozilla blog post.
Mozilla will open the first round of grant applications in Austin this August, and accept applications through October 18, 2016.