OpenStreetMap communities around the world have achieved amazing results in supporting crisis on zero or near-zero budgets. Many communties that are on path of growth in building capacity to map their local communities, cities, and countries, may still lack the basics to be able to do so.
HOT therefore setup to procvide the requisite support to allow these communities to be able to continue delivering when needed most as well as well in advance. HOT therefore supports these communities through Microgrants and Device Grants, which cover costs for internet access, devices, training, and field activities.
Our aim is to support and strengthen local OpenStreetMap communities through providing these basics to key leaders who are transforming their communities through mapping.
Since 2017, HOT has provided grants to 38 communities worldwide.
HOT has consequently announced the application for 2020 Microgrants. However, for the Microgrants 2020 campaign applicant communities will have the chance to share their stories and funding needs more directly with the HOT community. This is opposed to previous applications where HOT carried out a fundraising campaign, then chose the communities who will receive a grant. HOT will instead select several communities, provide them with a platform to reach our global audience and support them to fundraise for their individual projects. Communities can pitch for smaller grants for specific activities, or larger grants for long-term projects.
Timeline: to pitch for a 2020 Microgrant, activities will be as follows:
- 27 September: Applications for 2020 Microgrants open – fill in a short online form
- 16 October: Applications close.
- 16-18 October: Pitches are screened, and eligible pitches are sent to the HOT Voting Members to vote for a shortlist by 18 October.
- 22 October: Shortlisted communities are informed and HOT will work with them to develop their project plan and fundraising materials.
- 14 November: Fundraising campaign begins.
- 5 January 2020: Microgrant projects begin!
About HOT OSM
HOT is an international team dedicated to humanitarian action and community development through open mapping. We work together to provide map data which revolutionises disaster management, reduces risks, and contributes to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Learn More on what HOT OSM does here.