Microgrants/Microgrants 2020

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Welcome to the first version of the OpenStreetMap Foundation's Microgrants programme

Key Dates

The key dates are:

  • Call for proposals open: 19th April 2020
  • Submit your proposal by: 10th May, 2020 (applications are now closed)
  • Community has until 21 May 2020 (midnight Pacific time US, 9am Central European Time, 7pm New Zealand time) to endorse and comment of proposals

Examples of good ideas

  • Creating documentation/courses.
  • Design work (e.g. leaflets, stock image creation) & updating such digital files.
  • Funding for a school or university to integrate mapping in their curriculum, run projects mapping their local area and working with local stakeholders to use their data.
  • Funding for shared mapping equipment.
  • Merchandise (swag) to recognise exceptional volunteer contributions, or low-cost swag.
  • One-off costs related to hosting.
  • Outreach to local schools.
  • Several small events (e.g. mapping party).
  • Software projects that are part of a larger program but have use by themselves.
  • Software projects that can be fully completed during the grant period.
  • Temporary working space.
  • Training programs with a local tech meetup.
  • Translation work.

Examples of ideas unlikely to be accepted

  • Academic scholarships.
  • Merchandise giveaways for all participants in an event or for general outreach, including t-shirts.
  • Prizes for mapping.
  • Recurring hosting, rent and other costs.
  • Server hardware.
  • Traditional paid mapping.
  • Any purchase or activity that would be budgeted by the OSMF in the normal course of business, such as improvements to general OSMF infrastructure and support for Working Groups
  • 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.

Recurrent hosting and buying server hardware could become acceptable in a further iteration of the project.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be OSMF member (but can apply for membership at the same time as the grant application).
  • Applicants and beneficiaries must have a history of volunteer OSM activity (at least comparable in scope to the grant project).
  • Max 5000 EUR.
  • Project length max 12 months.
  • Any individual, group, or organisation is allowed a maximum of three open grants at any one time.
  • Funds for offline activities are typically for direct expenses and not used to pay for people’s time. We strongly prefer enabling volunteers over paying for work. However paid work is not excluded as such, and can be acceptable if the impact is big enough. Funds can be used to pay for people’s time in certain cases, for example on software projects and tools development.
  • You must agree to the reporting requirements, be willing to sign a grant agreement, and provide the OpenStreetMap Foundation with information needed to process your funding.
  • You must consult with your Local Chapter if applicable.
  • Projects that have a local impact, should discuss with the relevant local communities
  • Personal benefit should be small compared to benefit of outcome. The application should describe potential personal benefit.
  • The initiative you plan to do should be open to a general audience by all means. That is, an event attendance should be free of charge, software must be open-sourced, media must be freely downloadable and published under open licences (see the definition at https://opensource.org/osd).
  • The project or the initiative should be directly related to OpenStreetMap, which should be justifiably stated in its goals.
  • Number of people involved in the project or the initiative is not limited (but it would not affect the grant size).
  • Project must be shared and discussed widely during the application process, at least on OSMF-talk and with the wider OSM community.
  • The project isn’t paying someone to do something that could have easily been done by a volunteer.
  • Project participants must adhere to Community guidelines and should be in good community standing.
  • Projects can be recipients of other funds of any form, but need to disclose this during the application process. Candidates should have tried to find other possible sources of funding for their project.

Deadline: May 10th, 2020

How to Apply

The Microgrant application will ask for the following: (To start your application scroll down to the Start your application section.)

About your Mapping Community

Tell us a little bit about your mapping community at the moment, some examples of details to include are below, but please provide us with any information you think is relevant. Please write 100-200 words.

  • Which city and country are you based in
  • Which locations is your mapping focussed on
  • How long you and/or your organisation have been mapping
  • How many people are part of your mapping community
  • The gender balance of your mapping community
  • What the purpose of your mapping is (your mission)

What do you need the grant money for?

We want to understand what you plan to buy, how much you plan to buy, and why this will help you to scale your community mapping efforts. There are two tables for you to fill in your response, and you may add more rows as needed. Some examples are in the table for your reference. You are welcome to use a different format in your response, but please make sure to include these details.

Budget Breakdown

Item What do you plan to spend the money on? Expected cost per unit (in Euros) Quantity you plan to buy / subscription length Expected total cost (in Euros) Why is it needed? (Please give as much detail as possible.)
Example Wifi internet access €50 per month 12 months €600 This will allow us to run mapathons with up to 40 people at one time. At the moment we do not have internet access so cannot run mapathons with large groups. Having wifi will enable us to grow our community and achieve our goals.
Example Drone with camera €500 per drone+camera 2 units €1,000 This will allow us to capture drone imagery to aid us in detailed mapping of our city, because the available satellite imagery is poor quality currently and not useful for mapping roads, sidewalks, and houses in detail.

If you receive a grant, what do you aim to achieve?

It is recommended that this supports the mission of the OSM Foundation and your local community. Please provide us with any information you think is relevant including the metrics you expect to achieve. Please write 100-200 words.

Some examples of details could be any of the following, or others you decide upon:

  • How will the project help the community
  • The area you plan to map
  • What volume of mapping you plan to complete (e.g. expected number of people, number of square kilometres)
  • How many members of your existing community you plan to train
  • How many new members you hope to join your community

Do you receive funding from any other sources at the moment?

If you receive funding from other organisations currently, please state how much this is, whether the donations are regular or one-off, and how these funds have been raised. Please write no more than 300 words. If you have any sources of co-funding for this grant application, please provide details. Examples of this might be if you have any partners who would be willing to match grant funding if you receive it, or if your project has existing funding. Please provide as much detail as possible.

Is there anything you would like OSMF to support you with?

If there is anything which you would like OSMF to support you with in order to strengthen your project, please let us know. For example, this could include building relationships with OSM communities, sourcing updated imagery for mapping projects, or guidance on how to use some of the tools we have created. We want to do our best to support OSM communities, so please let us know what you need. Please write no more than 150 words.


By submitting this form to the OpenStreetMap Foundation, you certify the information contained in this application is correct, and that if you are awarded a grant, you will use it only for the purposes described above. You will provide written documentation and receipts for all of your expenses to the OSM Foundation to demonstrate this. You understand that the decisions made by the OSM Foundation Microgrants Committee are final.


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here! Let the community know

If you have any challenges editing the wiki to submit your application, you can send it as in email to microgrants@osmfoundation.org

Start your application

The deadline for receiving applications for this year was 10th May 2020.


List of proposals that have been submitted

Open proposals

Draft proposals

  1. Microgrants/Microgrants_2020/Proposal/La cartographie du Sénégal


Funded proposals

  1. Proposal/Leaflets to promote OSM
  2. Proposal/Tactile maps for blind or visually impaired children
  3. Proposal/A Free Video Tutorial for Beginners about Mapping Pacific Islands using OSM and QGIS
  4. Proposal/OSM Ireland Buildings
  5. Proposal/Map Maintenance with StreetComplete
  6. Proposal/Teaching and learning OSM in Albania through LibreTech School
  7. Proposal/Mapping Villages and Settlements in Kosovo
  8. Proposal/Water and Sanitation mapping in Nairobi's informal settlements
  9. Proposal/HIV facilities mapping in the Philippines on OpenStreetMap
  10. Proposal/Mapping Uganda's New Cities
  11. Proposal/Road Completion project
  12. Proposal/OpenStreetMap Calendar

Proposals not funded

  1. Proposal/Potlatch 2 for desktop (funded by OSMF shortly after)
  2. Proposal/A 360 OpenStreetMap editor
  3. Proposal/Address and Street Completion in Luxembourg
  4. Proposal/The Maputo 1000km Challenge
  5. Proposal/Publication of a book for learning the basics of OSM editing (Polish language) (English translation of proposal is included)
  6. Proposal/LGBT safe spaces mapping in the Philippines on OpenStreetMap
  7. Proposal/Waste Control
  8. Proposal/StreetComplete as an entry point to OpenStreetMap
  9. Proposal/Convert data from De Lijn and TEC to OSM
  10. Proposal/Mapping Conakry Health facilities to help the planning of COVID19 Outbreak
  11. Proposal/MapParty Online in Poland
  12. Proposal/Tirana Map for Disabled People” by Disabled Community
  13. Proposal/Map Eastern DRCongo
  14. Proposal/Addition of USRNs and outreach to public sector
  15. Proposal/One-off costs related to hosting core UK systems for a year
  16. Proposal/Unique Mappers Capacity Building Support For COVID19 Response Mapathon & Community Empowerment Project
  17. Proposal/Drone Mapping for Social Good in Nigeria
  18. Proposal/Capacity Building for OSM Data Improvement and Community Outreach in Turkey
  19. Proposal/Bike Parking Application for Metro Manila based on OpenStreetMap data
  20. Proposal/Mapping the informal settlements of Kampala in response to COVID-19 Outbreak
  21. Proposal/Mapping HIV-TB vulnerable population around Lake Victoria in response to COVID-19
  22. Proposal/Osm2pgsql development (funded by OSMF shortly after)
  23. Proposal/GeoChiapas
  24. Proposal/Disable Mapping (Dwelling Spaces and Palliatives )
  25. Proposal/Detected Features Project
  26. Proposal/Mapping Un Mapped Areas In Zambia and Building Capacity for OSM Community
  27. Proposal/Mapping Health Facilities and Sanitation Infrastructure Towards COVID-19 Resilience in Rwanda
  28. Proposal/Unique Mappers Capacity Building Support For COVID19 Response & Community Empowerment
  29. Proposal/Creating street level imagery for Kosovo and Albania
  30. Proposal/Vulnerable Area for COVID-19 in Tanzania
  31. Proposal/OSM GLAM
  32. Proposal/Mapping For Resilience
  33. Proposal/Renforcer l’infrastructure technique de mapping collaboratif en Tunisie
  34. Proposal/OpenStreetMap.by Maintenance and Enhancements
  35. Proposal/Introducing Rwanda on the Map
  36. Proposal/OSM Sandbox: Mapping Tools for Schools

Withdrawn proposals

  1. Microgrants/Microgrants_2020/Proposal/OSM data assessment for flooding modeling and preparation
  2. Proposal/Deepl.com API use for weeklyOSM

Ineligible proposals