Drupal Association blog: Drupal Association secures $300,000 in funding from Sovereign Tech Fund

We're thrilled to share that the Sovereign Tech Fund (STF), based in Germany, has generously entrusted the Drupal Association with a $300,000 USD service contract for work done to benefit the public. This funding is set to fuel two crucial projects that promise to strengthen security for Drupal and enhance the Drupal ecosystem.

The Sovereign Tech Fund (STF) supports the development, improvement, and maintenance of open digital infrastructure in the public interest. Its goal to strengthen the open source ecosystem sustainably, focusing on security, resilience, technological diversity, and the people behind the code. STF is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and hosted at and supported by the German Federal Ag-ency for Disruptive Innovation GmbH (SPRIND).

The Drupal Association, along with the Drupal community, support Drupal with core support, community support, flagship programs, and new innovation. The Drupal Association is a unicorn in the software sector in terms of structure and true community - and is a leader for open source collaboration and an open web.

Project 1: Developer Tools Acceleration

This project will optimize GitLab CI, streamline user authentication with Keycloak, migrate Drupal contribution credits from the old issue queue to a new GitLab integration, create a seamless opt-in process for Drupal.org hosted projects to transition to GitLab issues, and develop an accessible learning guide. The guide will be a valuable resource for project maintainers looking to shift from Drupal.org's custom tooling to GitLab.

Project 2: Community Supply Chain Security

This initiative aims to enhance the security of the Drupal ecosystem by securing the signing prototype, conducting a third-party security audit of the PHP-TUF client and Rugged server, and performing a third-party security audit of the Drupal integration code. Additionally, the project will deploy secure signing in a production environment, further bolstering the security measures in place.

This funding aligns perfectly with the Drupal Association's strategic priorities. It enables us to make significant strides towards our goals, particularly in terms of optimizing our workflows through GitLab and enhancing our security measures with secure signing. Both projects will conclude before 31 March 2024.

The partnership with STF allows us to make a positive difference in the Drupal community and advance the open source platform for all users. We are grateful to the Sovereign Tech Fund for their generous support. Their funding shows dedication to open source and their belief in the Drupal Association and the community's ability to innovate and ensure the future of web development.