Deadline: 12 June 2017
Applications are currently being accepted for “Digital Impact Grants” to improve the digital infrastructure for civil society and help social sector practitioners and policymakers use digital resources safely, ethically, and effectively for maximum impact.
Digital Impact (formerly Markets for Good) is an initiative of the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Digital Impact is made possible with the ongoing support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the progressive financial firm Liquidnet, and Knight Foundation.
Digital Impact Grants are intended to support research and innovations that have broad application for improving knowledge, practices, and outcomes across the social sector.
Types of Grants
- Research Grants are for academic teams exploring questions of scholarly interest that have practical applications for the social sector, or scholarly review of existing practice.
- Sector Grants are intended for nonprofits and partners to address sector-wide challenges in using digital data safely, ethically and effectively. Priority will be given to projects that align with the four principles for digital data use outlined on the Digital Impact Toolkit: consent, privacy, openness and pluralism. Some ways to address these issues include: reproducible consent practices, best practices for data sharing across organizations or sectors, new organizational governance practices or trainings, or software platforms or tools built to prioritize permission or ownership.
A total funding pool of $200,000 is set aside for 2017 grants. It is anticipated making between 5 and 15 grants, although number and size will depend on the applicant pool.
- Research grants will be made to faculty or graduate students at universities in the United States and abroad. Priority will be given to research projects with either a demonstrated commitment to practical applications in the social sector or those that clearly articulate a plan to turn their research into practical knowledge. Digital Impact welcome applications from any disciplinary perspective or methodology, as well as applications that bring together multiple disciplinary inquiries.
- Sector grants will be made to non-profit organizations in the United States and abroad. U.S.-based organizations must have 501(c)(3) status. Organizations based outside of the U.S. must have equivalent exempt status. Please note that the grant excludes activities with countries against which the United States maintains a comprehensive embargo unless such activities are fully authorized by the U.S. government under applicable law and specifically approved by the Gates Foundation in its sole discretion.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online via given website.
For more information, please visit Digital Impact Grants.