We distribute Geospatial Data Analysis Services Grants to several nonprofit organizations each year. Nonprofits submit a geospatial project proposal as part of their grant application.
The application period for nonprofits typically begins in December and lasts approximately eight weeks. Nonprofits may submit up to two projects, but they should do so as separate applications rather than trying to combine them into a single application.
The Azavea Data Analytics Team will review all nonprofit applications and select a shortlist of proposed projects. This project shortlist is made public on the Azavea Summer of Maps website and students will select the projects they would like to work on as part of the fellow application process.
Successful Nonprofit Applications include the following aspects in their project proposals:
In general, more sophisticated projects are more attractive to fellows, so if the nonprofit just needs to put some dots on a map, this may not be the right program. We’re looking for analysis or visualization projects that pose tough, challenging, or intriguing questions and will require innovative ideas and problem solving.
Some examples of potential projects include:
View previous Project Shortlists or Completed Projects on the Projects page to learn more about the types of projects that are accepted as part of the Azavea Summer of Maps program.
The Azavea Summer of Maps program is limited to registered nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 designation in the United States. We invite international organizations to apply if they have a registered U.S. affiliate that will be the primary contact for the work.
Nonprofit organizations are limited to two project submissions and only one Geospatial Data Analysis Services Grant is awarded per organization.
Azavea strives to make the Summer of Maps program a rewarding experience for the fellows and Nonprofits. Nonprofit organizations that are awarded an Azavea Summer of Maps Geospatial Data Analysis Services Grant are required to commit to the following agreements in order to participate in the program:
We invite nonprofit project contacts to visit our office in Philadelphia, PA for any meeting, but this is not expected or required. Fellows are provided with resources to participate in remote video or conference calls. If a nonprofit project contact outside the Philadelphia region would like to visit the Azavea office, the kick-off meeting in June or the final presentations/reception in August may be preferred times. On a case-by-case basis, fellows may be permitted to travel to visit a nonprofit office to present the final deliverables in person.
Selected nonprofits must name one main point of contact and a secondary point of contact. We expect that this main point of contact will be well-versed in the details of the project and be able to answer emails and phone calls from the fellow should any questions arise. Communication will mainly take place via email with at least bi-weekly status calls with the fellow, though weekly status calls are recommended at the beginning of the project.
All appropriate data sets that are required to complete the project must be delivered to Azavea by May 15th. Azavea will notify the nonprofits they have been selected and provide an FTP server or Dropbox for data delivery.
Data delivered should, at the very least, include all the pertinent nonprofit organizational data specified in the grant application. Fellows have access to open data repositories and may collect some data at the start of the project, but the grant recipient should outline the location of necessary data sets to the best of their ability.
The students for the Summer 2019 Azavea Summer of Maps have been announced. Their fellowship will begin shortly.