The Non-Profit FOSS Institute (NPFI) facilitates student development of free and open source software (FOSS) that directly benefits the missions of non-profit organizations. For each project, NPFI facilitates forming a triad, which is a loose relationship between a college instructor/student team, a non-profit client, and a software professional.
To help ensure success, NPFI grants are available to college-level instructors who wish to conduct a software development course or special projects course where:
- An instructor-led student team develops/customizes a software product that serves the mission of a local non-profit organization, while learning modern principles and practices of software development.
- Team members interact with the non-profit in an agile style to show progress and gain feedback at each stage in the product’s development.
- The completed software is posted in a public repository (GitHub for example) under a GPL-style open source license, allowing it to be reused by future FOSS projects.
Managing such a course requires an unusual amount of time and effort. As such, NPFI offers a $5,000 grant to the instructor’s home institution. NPFI grants can be used in a variety of ways, such as supplementing the instructor’s salary, supporting a student to install and oversee the software’s initial deployment, or purchasing a mobile device for testing or running the software after the course is completed.
Grant applications are reviewed when received.