The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI): Inviting Applications for small grants for Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) preparedness, awareness raising, for building some component of an SDI or to add to SDI sustainability.

Donor Name: The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI)
Funding name: GSDI Small Grants Program 2017

Funding brief: The GSDI Association has been making Small Grants Program awards since 2003 – their longest running project. These grants are for $2,500. Although this is not a large amount of money, in emerging nations and developing SDI’s, it can go a long way toward SDI preparedness, for building some component of an SDI and/or to add to SDI sustainability. It may also help to engage other organizations in collaboration and additional co-funding.

In 2017, they plan to award up to 4 grants in cash from their own financial reserves. The GSDI Association greatly appreciates past support for the Small Grants program from GeoConnections in Canada, the FGDC in the U.S., and URISA’s GISCorps.

Criteria:
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The principal focus of this program is to help those organizations that are contributing to and (or) building SDIs. Proposals centered on GIS, GPS, remote sensing, information distribution, and semi-related topics that do not focus on SDI developments will not be considered.
● National efforts are preferred. However, sub-national, regional, and some industry requests may be considered and recommended for funding, as long as they relate to development of SDI.
● They want to contribute to projects or programs that have already started building an SDI. Therefore, a program that has seen this grant opportunity and has decided to start collecting data, because it may receive money, will not be considered. Organizations should have started their SDI efforts well before this Call for Proposals. There should be a plan for sustaining the SDI project or program in the months and years to come.
● They need to know who is the Principal Investigator. Is this an appropriate person within the context of the agency or organization for proposing this project?
● Collaboration with other organizations inside a country is good and may add points to the ranking of a proposal. Collaboration with neighbors and regional or global organizations is also good.
● They can award more than one grant per country provided that the proposals come from two different organizations within the country that focus on different aspects of SDI development and implementation in that country. However, only one grant will be awarded per organization.

Deadline: Applications must be returned no later than 1 June 2017 to be considered for the Small Grant Awards.

Funding details link: http://gsdiassociation.org/index.php/projects/small-grants.html

Funding limit: $2,500

Project start date: Not Found
Project duration: Not Found

Eligible organization: It is preferred that the awards go to new or developing organizations that have not received a GSDI award in the past in developing nations or emerging economies.

Eligibility: As above
Submission mail: N/A

Other important link:
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Guideline: http://gsdiassociation.org/images/projects/smallgrants/2017/GSDI_Small_Grants_Proposal_Guidelines_2017.pdf
● Form: http://gsdiassociation.org/images/projects/smallgrants/2017/GSDI_Application_Submission_Guidelines_2017.pdf
http://gsdiassociation.org/images/projects/smallgrants/2017/GSDI_Application_Submission_Guidelines_2017.docx

How to apply: Submit your completed form/application by email attachment to: smallgrants@gsdi.org .


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