Humanitarian OSM Team/Open Mapping Hub Eastern and Southern Africa/Open Mapping Grants 2021/Open Mapping Community Mobilization Grants

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Please note: For the first quarter of 2022, the hub will be open to receiving applications on a rolling basis. If you have already applied for an Open Mapping Grant, and intend to re-submit an application you have already received feedback on, please update your proposals here on the OSM Wiki, accordingly. Then, please send an email to esahub (at) to confirm resubmission.

HOT’s vision is to engage one million volunteers globally to map an area home to one billion people. By prioritising local mapping organisations and communities, facilitating knowledge exchanges, distributing funding, and providing training and support, we are focussing efforts to work with local organisations and communities to drive high quality, ethical, local data use cases.

The Open Mapping Hub - Eastern and Southern Africa will engage Open Mapping Organisations and Communities in the region to facilitate exchange of ideas and expertise across 23 countries and provide financial and technical support to massively scale local edits on OpenStreetMap.

The Open Mapping Community Mobilization Grants ($200 Monthly): are $200 monthly grants available to Open Mapping Communities and Organisations in Angola, Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, eSwatini, Egypt, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, and Tanzania.

Details on eligibility, our approach, and FAQs can be found in the Open Mapping Grants Information Pack. For more information, please email esahub[at] You must consider any potential, perceived or actual Conflict of Interest when you apply for an Open Mapping Grant (see policy).

Applying for Community Mobilization Grants

$200 monthly available for communities in: Angola, Burundi, Comoros, eSwatini, Egypt, Lesotho, Mauritius, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Tanzania

Focus areas

Open Mapping Grants themes
Open Mapping Grants themes

For the Community Mobilisation Grant, we expect you to focus on

  • Community Growth - actively enhancing contribution and building links between active OSM communities, specifically with the engagement of women in mapping activities
  • Data Quality - a commitment to generating high quality local data with your community by providing training, mapathons, or mapping parties to increase local OSM knowledge

Application process

There is one application phase for this grant, the application must be submitted by 30th November 2021. We encourage early submission , <the application form can be found here on the OSM Wiki>. Your application will include:

  1. A community profile summary
  2. A description / list of activities you plan to undertake using the grant money.


There will be one lead applicant who is responsible for receiving funds and reporting on how those funds were spent.

Start your application

Create your Open Mapping Community Mobilization Grant application by entering your project name below, and clicking on Start Application. You can edit the Wiki by answering the questions. Remember to preview your changes before saving your changes. If you would like support on how to do upload your application onto OSM Wiki, you can email Follow the steps below to start your application:

  • Visit OpenStreetMap Wiki and select “create account”. Follow the account set up prompts. Once complete, ensure you are logged in.
  • Navigate to Open Mapping Grants 2001 click on the Open Mapping Community Mobilization Grants tab and scroll to the bottom of the page
  • In the “start my application” box, type your country name and select “start my application”
  • This will take you to the application form template that you can begin to fill (you can select the icon for ‘visual editing’ if you prefer). Your application will be saved as a draft until you are ready to submit your application.
  • Once you are ready to submit your application (return to ‘source editing’) and change the ‘status’ to "proposed" and email confirming that you’ve submitted your application.

A step-by-step video tutorial can be found here.

Once uploaded to OSM Wiki, you can share your application with community members to endorse, comment, and give feedback on your proposal. Applications will be shared and discussed widely during the application process.

If you have challenges editing the wiki, you can submit your application via this form. If you submit an application this way, we will upload it to the wiki page on your behalf (however, we would prefer for you to do this yourself).


List of proposals that have been submitted will appear here.

Funded Proposals

Open Proposals

Draft Proposals