[OSM-talk] Microgrants call for committee
joost at osmfoundation.org
Sun Feb 16 11:06:58 UTC 2020
The Microgrants project is ready for launch! When we first received the
Pineapple fund donation, the money was quickly earmarked as to be given
back to the community. Now that's finally happening, after a recent Board
decision  (plenty of background behind that link!). Any volunteer who
thinks they can make an impact with a small grant will soon be able to
But first we need the help of a few volunteers to manage the project. What
do we expect of you?
1) Running the call for projects
2) Making a selection of about ten projects
3) Following up with the selected projects
Anyone can apply to be on the selection committee, and the Board will then
make a selection. We are looking for people who know how the OSM community
works, who have experience with making an impact for OSM - but also people
with practical experience running these kinds of projects.
The policy document  offers a guideline to what the Board wants to see
happen with this project, but it leaves a lot of leeway for the committee
to implement as they see fit. For example, the committee is expected to
work out their own rules of order. During the entire process, you will be
able to rely on Dorothea for administrative assistance.
The most impactful job of the Microgrants Committee will be the selection
itself. The decision is expected to be based on deep community
consultation. The Board did keep a veto right over the selected
The committee is also expected to guide the projects to fruition. However,
it is encouraged for the committee to extend the group with more
volunteers, so as to lighten the workload and diversify points of view. For
example, it would be really helpful to have volunteers who speak the
language or are culturally close to the selected projects.
When the projects are finished and have reported on their experience, the
Committee is almost done. A final task will be to make recommendations to
the Board for the next phase of the Microgrants project - we've only just
Send your application to join the Microgrants Committee to
microgrants at osmfoundation.org by March 8th.
All relevant information will be accessible through the OSMF wiki at
All the best,
for the OSMF Board
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