We had a fantastic response to our first ever Microgrants Programme, with over 70 applications from nearly 50 countries worldwide. After much deliberation, we’re pleased to announce we are supporting the following projects with Microgrants for 2017 (in no particular order):
OpenStreetMap Democratic Republic of Congo: with help from the Microgrant, OSM DRC will achieve legal status to enable them to scale their mapping activities, gain equipment to run mapping parties, run training sessions to scale their community, and support a local risk reduction project in Kinshasa.
OpenStreetMap Zambia: OSM Zambia will use their Microgrant to run workshops to grow their local community even further, and enable them to continue their work mapping local areas in Zambia.
OpenStreetMap Niger: aim to map territory affected by conflict in Niger. The Microgrant will enable them to gain the equipment needed for remote and field mapping, run outreach and training with the local community, and strengthen crisis response/preparedness in Niger
Crowd2Map, Tanzania: will enable training and equipment for volunteers and local partners to become local mappers. The project will support partners working across FGM, land rights, microfinance, and youth entrepreneurship, mapping 346 villages.
Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia: the Microgrant will enable mapping of coastal wetlands in the Urabá Gulf to help planners and the local fishing community to respond to flooding hazards in the area. The project will map over 190km of coastline, including 2-3km width inland.
Ger Community Mapping Centre, Mongolia: with help from the Microgrant, the Ger Community Mapping Centre will be able to obtain equipment to increase participatory mapping and decision-making in Mongolia. They plan to establish regular local mapathons, and a Mongolian YouthMappers chapter.
Asian University for Women YouthMappers, Bangladesh: through the Microgrant, AUW will map arsenic contaminated areas in Chittagong, to identify areas where people are at fatal risk of exposure to arsenic in groundwater. This project will work in collaboration with Chemists Without Borders. The YouthMappers chapter will also receive training and support from the OSM Bangladesh team, and aim to grow their chapter by 100 people.
Mozdevz, Mozambique: with help from a Microgrant, the Mozdevz will be able to gain the equipment needed for their community to independently grow, and complete field mapping of Mafala, an area of 25,000 people. Through mapping Mafala, Mozdevz aim to increase awareness of its cultural heritage and importance within Mozambique’s capital Maputo.
This is the first time we’ve run this programme, and the quality and volume of applications received has proven it’s need. We are very grateful to all the individual and corporate donors who made the program possible this year, and look forward to sharing the progress of the Microgrant communities. We hope to continue the programme in 2018, and be able to support more communities in their valuable mapping activities.
Thank you very much to the review panel who kindly gave up their time to review the applications, and will continue as mentors for the grantees: Mikel Maron, Kate Chapman, Katja Ulbert, Tasauf Baki Billah, Rhiannan Price, Tyler Radford, Paul Uithol.
Ger Community Mapping Centre