Digital Impact has awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to five social sector organizations working to advance the safe, ethical, and effective use of digital resources for social good. The selected grantees represent the third cohort in the Digital Impact Grants program (formerly Good Data Grants).
Launched in 2016 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Digital Impact Grants aims to support advancement and research in the safe, responsible use of digital resources among nonprofits, foundations, and other civil society organizations, with a focus on projects that have broad application for improving knowledge, practices, and outcomes across the global social sector.
Grant awards range from approximately $28,000 to $49,000 with winners selected through a competitive proposal process drawing 72 applications from organizations in 26 countries across 6 continents. Grants will fund both new and ongoing work to be conducted over the course of the grant year through fall 2019.
“As we mark our third year of the Digital Impact Grants program, we remain strongly encouraged by the diverse issue areas and geographic regions represented across our global pool of applicants,” says Lucy Bernholz, Senior Research Scholar at Stanford PACS and Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab, which houses the Digital Impact initiative.
“The wide range of submitted proposals underscores how support for digital capacity and infrastructure is increasingly critical to a thriving civil society, across the world and across the broad spectrum of civil society organizations.”
The work of this year’s grantees aims to improve practices, knowledge, or infrastructure around digital security, data governance, online fundraising, the use of artificial intelligence, and other increasingly mission-critical areas for civil society organizations in this digital age.
Like those of previous Digital Impact Grants cohorts, all grantee projects will be publicly shared for the benefit of the social sector at large. Meet our grantees here.