Microgrants to OSM Communities: What Worked, What Didn't

Saturday, 1:00 pm – 20 min
Rebecca Firth
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT)

In 2017, HOT launched a small grants program called “Microgrants” with the goal of supporting small scale, big impact projects conceived and carried out by OSM communities. In 2018, we distributed a second round of grants, supporting a total of more than 30 local communities. This talk will review what we did, what worked, and what didn’t. Speakers will include all microgrant recipients traveling to Detroit on a SoTM scholarship. Participants will hear directly from grantees as to their perceptions of the program and we’ll discuss with the audience what direction we should take going forward. The objective of the session is to explore with the broader OSM community how we can make the program more effective and beneficial to additional areas of our community we haven’t yet reached as well as compliment efforts led by our partners at OSMF and potentially OSM US.