Google Launches Advanced Web Apps Fund To Sponsor A More App-Like Web

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Google is now looking to provide support for websites looking to build a more app-like web experience via a newly reported and announced Advanced Web Apps Fund.

Now, the Advanced Web Apps in question aren’t explicitly tied into previous efforts from the company on PWAs. Progressive web apps are essentially websites that function like apps. They also work both online and off, to a large extent.

The Advanced Web Apps Fund does seem to push things further in that direction, regardless. Namely, in terms of Google’s bid to help sponsor web projects that have an “app-like interface” and “significant client-side functionality.”


Who qualifies for the new Advanced Web Apps Fund from Google?

The new fund is open to just about anybody working on projects for the web. That is, so long as they have an Open Collective account and fill out the application. Applicants will also need to own the project or make sure that core maintainers of a nominated project are willing to accept code changes required or sought for approval.

Google does have some other requisites that need to be met in order to gain approval, however. Starting with improvements that take advantage of big features in Chrome. Such as File System Access, WebTransport, WebAssembly. For instance, the company is looking for projects that introduce new capabilities. The search giant cites WebSQL replacement using WebAssembly as an example of that.

It also wants to see projects using libraries and tools to make it easier to build advanced web apps. For instance, improvements to Bubblewrap and drivers that support WebUSB. Demo apps and tutorials showcasing use cases for advanced web apps are also welcome.


How can you apply?

In terms of the application process, Google isn’t putting a deadline on its Advanced Web Apps Fund. Prospective project sponsors can simply fill out the requisite form and submit a “short document” outlining the proposal. Existing projects can also submit a GitHub issue showcasing progress so far. The company will evaluate each proposal as it arrives, presumably also in the order in which they arrive.