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Apply for ICANN’s Pandemic Internet Access Reimbursement Program

30 January 2023

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) invites applications for the Pandemic Internet Access Program for ICANN76. The ICANN76 Community Forum will be held from 11–16 March 2023.

How to Apply

Interested community members must apply in advance of ICANN76. Those who meet the eligibility requirements will be able to participate. In-person participants at ICANN76 are not eligible to apply for this program. The application process opens today, 30 January 2023 and will close on Friday, 24 February 2023 at 23:59 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The program details are available here.


The goal of this program is to facilitate participation in ICANN Public Meetings during the pandemic. It offers community members who have limited Internet capacity financial assistance to increase their Internet bandwidth.

Leaders from three Supporting Organizations, four Advisory Committees, four stakeholder groups, five constituencies from the Generic Names Supporting Organization, and five Regional At-Large Organizations from the At-Large community all will have the opportunity to nominate a limited number of recipients to the program. They will focus on members who are actively engaged in the ICANN community but may not have previously been eligible to apply.

Reimbursement amounts of up to $60 will be provided to eligible applicants who purchase additional Internet bandwidth (capacity or data limits) for the duration of the month or billing cycle for March 2023. The services must be rendered by a business entity or Internet service provider, specifically for Internet or cellular data service. The provider must also provide digital or paper documentation of the upgrade costs.


ICANN's mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a nonprofit public benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.