Google launches Advanced Web Apps Fund to sponsor a more app-like web
Google is now looking to provide assistance to websites looking to create a more app-like web experience through a recently reported and announced Advanced Web Applications Fund.
Now, the advanced web apps in question aren’t explicitly tied to the company’s previous efforts on PWAs. Progressive Web Apps are basically websites that work like apps. They also work both online and offline to a large extent.
The Advanced Web Apps Fund seems to be pushing things further in that direction, however. Namely, in terms of Google’s offer to help sponsor web projects that have an “app-like interface” and “significant client-side functionality.”
Who is eligible for Google’s new Advanced Web Apps Fund?
The new fund is open to almost anyone working on projects for the web. That is, as long as they have an Open Collective account and complete the application. Applicants will also need to own the project or ensure that senior maintainers of a nominated project are willing to accept required or requested code changes for approval.
However, Google has other requirements that must be met to get approval. Starting with improvements that take advantage of Chrome’s great features. Such as file system access, WebTransport, WebAssembly. For example, the company is looking for projects that introduce new features. The search giant cites the replacement of WebSQL using WebAssembly as an example of this.
He also wants to see projects using libraries and tools to help build advanced web applications. For example, improvements to Bubblewrap and drivers supporting WebUSB. Demo apps and tutorials showing advanced web application use cases are also welcome.
How to apply?
As for the application process, Google does not set a deadline for its Advanced Web Apps Fund. Potential project sponsors can simply complete the required form and submit a “short document” describing the proposal. Existing projects can also submit a GitHub issue showcasing progress so far. The company will evaluate each proposal as it comes in, likely also in the order in which it arrives.