Apart from rewarding ethical hackers for responsibly reporting vulnerabilities in open-source projects, Google announced financial support for open source developers to help them arrange additional resources for their products.
This initiative, called “Patch Rewards Program,” was launched in 2013 first, under which Google rewarded hackers for reporting severe flaws in many widely used open-source software.
So far, Google has paid thousands of dollars as bounty to hackers across the world who helped improve the security of their products.
The company has now decided to motivate volunteer work done by the open-source community by providing upfront financial help.
The support is available for both small teams ($5000) as well as for a large team ($30000).
If you run any open source project or want to support any other open-source project, you can nominate it for support from Google by filling out https://goo.gle/patchz-nomination.
“Any open source project can be nominated for support. When selecting projects, the panel will put an emphasis on projects that either is vital to the health of the Internet or are end-user projects with a large user base,” Google says.
You can find more details here, including the list of projects, types of acceptable vulnerabilities, and rewards for qualifying submissions.