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From: Clifford Snow <clifford(a)snowandsnow.us>
Date: Sat, Apr 25, 2020 at 8:06 PM
Subject: [Talk-us] OSM Foundation’s Call for Microgrant Applications
To: talk-us <talk-us(a)openstreetmap.org>
In case you missed this announcement, I'm reposting it on talk-us mailing list.
2020 will be the first year that the OSM Foundation operates the new
microgrants project. In the coming weeks, we hope to hear from you
about a bold, community-driven, and impactive OpenStreetMap project
idea that will benefit from a microgrant of up to 5000 euros. We
welcome a broad range of projects, with the minimum requirement being
a clear connection to OpenStreetMap.
What is a microgrant? In our case, it is a modest amount of funds
awarded to applicants in order to fund direct expenses of a project.
For an idea of successful projects, you can take a look at the
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s 2019 microgrant awardees. Keep in
mind that the OSMF has a wider focus than the humanitarian sector,
spanning our global community, and welcomes applications with any
focus that relates to OpenStreetMap. We particularly encourage
applicants to consider the core values from the OSMF’s mission
statement and how any microgrant work can incorporate them.
The OSMF Microgrant Program focuses on simple grant proposals, and we
will swiftly decide on what to fund. Our goal is to avoid a
complicated and long application and decision process. You should
submit a brief and concise proposal, and we plan to quickly announce
We encourage submissions from individuals, groups, and organizations
who have a clear idea they want to pursue. Each project should be
completed within 12 months of the microgrant being awarded this
spring. Microgrants are open to all OSMF members, and can be submitted
in any language. If you are not yet a member of OSMF then you can
apply to join up until the time you submit a microgrant application,
and be eligible for an award. Please note there is a fee waiver
program that may allow you to join the OSMF at no cost.
In light of the ongoing health crisis regarding COVID19, we will not
be awarding microgrants for projects which require offline group
gatherings and in person meetings, although these ideas are certainly
valuable for future rounds.
Funding can be used for a variety of purposes. You may need tools and
supplies for mapping activity, funds for training materials,
technology expenses for a series of virtual mapathons, prizes for an
online coding, mapping, or writing contest, and many more examples.
Please embrace your own creativity and not feel limited by the range
We encourage you to consult with your local OpenStreetMap community
when planning a microgrant application, and make sure you adhere to
community guidelines in the scope of the project. If accepted for a
microgrant, you will be responsible for reporting progress, signing a
grant agreement, and making sure to follow the detailed microgrant
rules. It is strongly suggested that your project uses the funding to
enable volunteer work to have a wider and stronger impact than it
would without funding.
The call for microgrants will open on April 19th, 2020 and we will
continue to accept applications through May 10th, 2020. In order to
submit, visit the OSM Wiki page and click on “Start your application”
to enter the template. When this is complete, send a message to
microgrants at osmfoundation.org. We also encourage sharing your
application on osmf-talk when it is submitted. If you need help with
the submission process, please feel free to contact the Microgrants
Committee for help. If you don’t have enough time to prepare your plan
and application, please consider submitting it in a possible future
round of microgrants.
Once the submission period closes on May 10th, we invite the community
to review the complete list of submissions and provide feedback on the
wiki page. We also will accept feedback by email to microgrants at
osmfoundation.org and via osmf-talk.
April 19: call for microgrant applications opens
May 10: final date for submission (23:59 Pacific Time Zone, USA).
May 10-TBD: community feedback period
Late May: announcement of awards
For more details, see the complete rules and guidelines on the OSM
wiki and contact us at microgrants at osmfoundation.org with any
questions. This is the first time the OSMF is sponsoring such an
activity, and we look forward to learning together about how this
benefits our community and how to build a transparent, effective, and
inclusive microgrants program for everyone involved. We are grateful
for the opportunity to make funds available to the community and hope
to hear your ideas in the coming weeks.
Member of the OSMF Microgrants Committee
OpenStreetMap: Maps with a human touch
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