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HOT's Community Microgrant program provides support for OpenStreetMap (OSM) Communities in low- and middle-income countries with the resources they need to launch and grow their activities and impact. Microgrants enable communities to implement their mapping activities, improve the availability and quality of map data in OSM, aid the development of leadership and technology skills, and help communities with disaster response efforts.

Since 2017, HOT’s microgrant program has

  • provided 80 grants to OSM communities in 32 countries
  • helped micrograntees make 13 million map edits in their local communities
  • supported micrograntees in training 15,000 mappers

As part of the Community Microgrant offering, HOT provides training and mentoring to Micrograntees through the grant application and reporting process. This includes technical training, training in open tools and open data collection, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, finances and record keeping, leadership skills, project management skills, communications, and partnership development. The program covers costs such as transport fares, internet, devices, food, and stipends for local individuals to lead the setup and strengthening of their communities.

Microgrants are frequently awarded to communities who demonstrate they are working in collaboration with a local data user (this can be local or regional governmental, a local NGO, or a community-based organization). Local collaborators ensure that the data generated during the grant period will be used in community development strategies, disaster response, and planning, and will benefit the wider community locally.

HOT’s Microgrant Programs include:

Annual Microgrants Each year HOT supports local OSM communities with Microgrants, device grants, and training to provide the tools and resources needed to operate and engage in mapping activities. More information can be found on the 2020 Microgrants, 2019 Microgrants, 2018 Microgrants, and 2017 Microgrants on the HOT Blog.

Rapid Response Microgrants This funding is designated specifically for activities that focus on local response to disaster. HOT’s first Rapid Response Microgrant program was for remote-based activities that focussed on the global COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the HOT blog for more information on the Rapid Response Microgrant: COVID-19 Program.

Facebook Community Impact Microgrants This program is kindly supported by Facebook and is focused on training and community engagement activities, with priority given to projects which include an approach that engages women and girls in mapping activities. Find out more information on the first of three rounds of Community Impact Microgrants via HOT’s blog.

Devolved Microgrants This program grants funding to an open mapping focussed organization for them to design, develop and implement their own microgrant program. The program is being piloted with OpenMapDevelopment Tanzania (OMDTZ). More details on the program can be found on the OMDTZ blog.

Read more about how Microgrants impact Community Development.

Shack Dwellers Federation Namibia: Guardians of the Map: Growing a community of OSM Mappers

Community-Led

Namibia

ACTIVE

MapUganda: Photomapping Uganda’s New Cities Using Mapillary

Community-Led

Uganda

ACTIVE

Map Malawi: OSM Mapping for Refugees - A Case of Dzaleka Camp, Malawi

Community-Led

Malawi

ACTIVE

The Centre for Life Change: Using OpenStreetMap Tools to Fight Gender-Based Violence in Western Uganda

Community-Led

Uganda

ACTIVE

OSM Fiji: Building a Resilient OpenStreetMap Community in Fiji

Community-Led

Fiji

ACTIVE

MapBeks: Remote mapping of the most unmapped places in the Philippines (Tarlac Province) by LGBT and AIDS Service organizations, advocates and allies

Community-Led

Philippines

ACTIVE

Kathmandu University Geomatics Engineering Society: Chepang Basti Mapping

Community-Led

Nepal

ACTIVE

Humanitarian Mappers: Highlighting safe places and quarantine centers in IDP camps

Community-Led

Nigeria

COMPLETED

Senegal Emergency Health Data Campaign: Enabling in-country analysis of healthcare facilities

Community-Led

Senegal

COMPLETED

OSM DRC: Creating urban basemaps and highlighting public health services

Community-Led

Democratic Republic of the Congo

ACTIVE

Public Lab Mongolia: Mapping health management infrastructure

Community-Led

Mongolia

COMPLETED

Map Kibera: Tracking COVID-19 cases in Kenya

Community-Led

Kenya

COMPLETED

MapUganda: Remotely mapping border towns

Community-Led

Uganda

COMPLETED

iLab Liberia: Mapping healthcare facilities for COVID-19

Community-Led

Liberia

COMPLETED

OSM Kenya and YouthMappers Kenya: Mapping health facilities in Nairobi

Community-Led

Kenya

COMPLETED

OSM Zambia: Training to map waste infrastructure and services

Community-Led

Zambia

COMPLETED

Yer Cizenler Mapping for Everyone Association

Community-Led

Turkey

ACTIVE

Resilience Mappers: Mapping informal settlements in Kampala, Uganda

Community-Led

Uganda

COMPLETED

MapBeks: Pursuing LGBTQ inclusion and representation through mapping

Community-Led

Philippines

COMPLETED

Mental Health aWHEREness Philippines: Reducing stigma and increasing access to mental health services

Community-Led

Philippines

COMPLETED

Practical Action in Bolivia: Mapping to support ongoing response to the Bolivian wildfires

Community-Led

Bolivia

COMPLETED

GAL School Peru: Creating geospatial data to improve well-being of women and children

Community-Led

Peru

COMPLETED

OSM South Sudan: Building an inclusive mapping community

Community-Led

South Sudan

COMPLETED

OSM Sierra Leone: Strengthening and expanding their community of mappers

Community-Led

Sierra Leone

COMPLETED

MapaNica - Mapping Public Transportation in Nicaragua

Community-Led

Nicaragua

COMPLETED

GeoChicas: Mapping the Gendered Effects of Disasters

Community-Led

Mexico

COMPLETED

OSM Zambia: WASH Mapping

Community-Led

Zambia

COMPLETED

Crowd2Map Tanzania

Community-Led

Tanzania

COMPLETED

GAL School Peru: Developing Young Mappers

Community-Led

Peru

COMPLETED

OSM Sri Lanka: Disaster Risk Reduction

Community-Led

Sri Lanka

COMPLETED

YouthMappers Nigeria: Gender Equality in the Mapping Community

Community-Led

Nigeria

COMPLETED

OSM Niger: Developing the Community

Community-Led

Niger

COMPLETED

OSM Mali: Developing the Community

Community-Led

Mali

COMPLETED

OSM Liberia: Developing Young Mappers

Community-Led

Liberia

COMPLETED

Potential 3.0: Disaster Preparedness in Haiti

Community-Led

Haiti

COMPLETED

OSM Guinea: Mapping Health Services

Community-Led

Guinea

COMPLETED

YMCA Gambia: Developing Young Mappers

Community-Led

Gambia

COMPLETED

Universidad de Antioquia: Mapping Coastal Wetlands to understand Flooding

Community-Led

Colombia

COMPLETED

OSM Colombia: mitigating rural landslides

Community-Led

Colombia

COMPLETED

OSM Benin: Mapping for Lassa Fever

Community-Led

Benin

COMPLETED

OSM Bangladesh: Map Your City

Community-Led

Bangladesh

COMPLETED

Asian University for Women: Mapping Arsenic Contamination

Community-Led

Bangladesh

COMPLETED