The mission of Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is to “support, promote, and enhance digital communication and broader communication science and technology, to promote Amateur Radio, scientific research, experimentation, education, development, open access, and innovation in information and communication technology.”
 We fulfill this mission in two ways:

  • Maintaining, improving, and innovating on the AMPRnet, and
  • Making grants.

Every grant that we make must pursue the fulfillment of this mission. It’s also important to the granting process that the project aligns with at least one of our grantmaking categories:

  • Support & Growth of Amateur Radio,
  • Education, and
  • Technical Innovation.

Read more about each of these categories here.

Additionally, ARDC may offer specific kinds of grants during certain parts of the year. For example, in 2021 we will be experimenting with granting windows for:

  • Grants to Amateur Radio Clubs (opening for submissions in Q1), and
  • Education Grants (opening for submissions in early Q2).

All other grant requests are accepted at any time, on a rolling basis.


A list of all awards to date is available by clicking here.

Qualifying for a Grant from ARDC

All ARDC grants must align with our mission and fit into one or more of our granting categories, ideally furthering at least one of our aspirational grantmaking goals. Additionally, they must be granted to an eligible organization type:

Eligible Organization Types  – Oct. 2020
Org. Type Location Current Future*
501(c)(3) Public Charity US
Fiscal Sponsorship by 501(c)(3) US
Government Entity US
501(c)(3) Equivalent Int’l
School / University US & Int’l
Businesses + non-501(c)(3)s US & Int’l  
Individuals US & Int’l  

* assuming legality and operational capability

As an organization aiming to support an international community, ARDC is working to expand its grantmaking beyond the US. Doing so requires additional administrative setup per IRS regulations and the laws governing private foundations; we will post updates as soon as we are able.

Please note that grants for satellite launches must have an approved application through the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU), which should be listed on

Applying for the Grant

To apply, please submit a grant proposal to telling us:

  • A description of the organization or specific project for which you are requesting funds,
  • How the organization or project aligns with ARDC’s mission and one or more of our granting goals,
  • What you hope to accomplish,
  • A description of how the funds would be spent and accounted for,
  • How much money you’re asking for and why that amount,
  • Briefly, anything else you think we should know.

In addition to the above, please be sure to include:

  • Your name and title
  • Name of organization
  • Organization eligibility
  • Date of submission
  • Organization address
  • Phone number for submitter or organization

When it comes to length, quality is valued over quantity. Though we would like you to be thorough, please keep your proposal as brief as possible and your file size as small as possible. Plain text is particularly welcome. 

Please also submit your proposal in the English language. If you are not able to translate yourself, please provide a copy of your proposal translated by Google Translate or a similar service.

Following submission, you will receive an automated email acknowledgement. Please keep a copy of that receipt; it will assist you in making inquiries regarding the status and progress of your proposal.

What Happens Next

When your  proposal is received, it will be checked for eligibility and then distributed to the members of the Grants Advisory Committee. They will examine it and make a recommendation based on their evaluation. This may include requesting additional information from you, in which case you will be contacted.

Assuming a positive recommendation by the grants committee, the proposal – along with the grant committee’s recommendation – will be forwarded to the ARDC Board of Directors, who will consider it, and, probably after further correspondence with you, determine the possible grant, any conditions to be attached to the grant, and the amount of the award. In all cases, you will be kept apprised of the status of your request.

Please note that grant requests may take 30-90 days to process.