Apply for the non-profit/open source plan

We are happy to provide organizations that meet our criteria with a free Community plan!
We welcome applications for our Community plan from organizations that met certain criteria. Broadly, these fall into one of three categories:
  1. 1.
    Non-profit organizations
  2. 2.
    Open source projects
  3. 3.
    Small education-related groups
If you won't need to collaborate with others, then your needs should be covered by our free Personal plan! It allows you to publish content to the world 🌍 and even supports linking a custom domain to each of your spaces.
If you will need to collaborate with others, then please continue reading.

Our criteria

Criteria for all cases

If we reject your application, we are sorry in advance. We don't have the resources to share the details. We'll do our best to give you some context if possible, but please check our criteria below to figure out what might be wrong. Please note you can reapply at any time if you are able to adjust and meet our criteria.
Your organization should not:
  • be a church, affiliated with one, or promote any specific religion.
  • be a school, college, university, etc. (but it can be a student group, lab group, course group, etc.).
  • be a government office, ministry, or function (but can be a small municipality local office).
  • be a private foundation.
  • have political affiliations.
  • promote a dogma.
  • promote a religious position as part of its activity.
  • promote discrimination of any kind, on the basis of gender (identity or expression), race, ethnicity, political or religious opinion, sexual orientation, or anything else.

Criteria for non-profit organizations

Your organization needs to:
  • Be a company with an official non-profit status.
  • Share a valid charitable status (501(c) or equivalent for your country).

Criteria for open source projects

Your Git repository must:
  • Exist publicly on GitHub or GitLab.
  • Not be an empty repository.
  • Not be a fork with no activity of its own.
  • Have a file that clearly explains what the software is about.
  • Have a file that explains how to contribute to the project.
  • Have a LICENSE file with a valid OSS license.
  • Have a file.
  • Make it easy for others to contribute.
  • The organization must not represent a school, college, or university as a whole.
  • The organization may represent a small group related to a school, college, or university.
  • You may be a small student group or a teacher organizing a course for a small group of students.
Individual students that want to keep your personal and course notes should use our free Personal plan. This plan provides unlimited private or public spaces at no cost, without needing to apply for the Community plan.

How to apply

  1. 1.
    Sign up or sign in Start by signing up for a GitBook account if you don't have one yet, or signing in if you do.
  2. 2.
    Choose an organization Decide which organization you would like the Community plan to be applied to. This could be one that you've already created, or you might want to create a new organization. (To create a new organization, click the switch organization toggle near the top of the sidebar, then click create an organization, and follow the prompts.)
  3. 3.
    Get the organization URL In the sidebar, click on the name of the organization you chose in step 2. Copy or make a note of the URL in your browser. It will be in the format[string]/home, where [string] will be a unique string of letters and numbers used to identify that organization.
  4. 4.
    Send us an email Please send your application email to [email protected].

Your application email

Depending on which type of organization you are applying for, please follow the relevant steps listed below.
Non-profit organizations
Open source projects
Small education-related groups
  • Briefly describe the purpose of your non-profit organization.
  • Share a link to your organization's public website.
  • Attach your non-profit organization's valid 501(c) or equivalent documentation for your country.
  • Include the link to your organization. Finding this link is described in step 3 of the section above.
  • Briefly describe the purpose of your open source project.
  • Share a link to your public Git repository on GitHub or GitLab.
  • Include the link to your organization. Finding this link is described in step 3 of the section above.
  • Ask each member of the group to create their own GitBook account using their school email address, and invite them to the organization. Please only send your application once this has been done.
  • Briefly describe your group and its purpose.
  • Share a link to a public website associated with your education group, if you have one.
  • Include the link to your organization. Finding this link is described in step 3 of the section above.
It may take a couple of weeks for us to review your request and respond to you.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact our support team.