Open Source Project GNOME has been the recipient of Microsoft’s FOSS Fund, which awards $10,000 each month to an open-source project as selected by Microsoft employees.
The Microsoft FOSS Fund provides a direct way for Microsoft engineers to participate in the nomination and selection process to help communities and projects they are passionate about.
The GNOME project was awarded the prize in May 2022 and is an essential part of many graphical Linux devices and also powers Ubuntu which is the first Linux work environment supported at Microsoft.
The FOSS Fund is a project of the Microsoft Open Source Programs Office, and is aimed at helping to help drive an open contribution culture across Microsoft. Employees are only eligible to select projects for the fund when they participate in projects that are not governed by Microsoft. Previous winners include systemd and curl. Nominations are accepted every day, with projects selected monthly.