Digital Impact Grants was a three-year initiative (2016-2018) of Digital Impact, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to fund research and innovation to strengthen the safe, equitable, and effective use of digital resources in civil society. A fundamental goal of the program was to support better data-informed decision making in philanthropy (particularly individual giving) and in the social sector writ large. The program awarded grants for two types of projects: scholarly research and sector advancement. Our aim: to foster innovations and research that have broad application for improving knowledge, practices, and outcomes across the social sector.
In 2018, the first year of the Digital Impact Grants program, we awarded nearly $200K in grants to five social sector organizations working to advance the safe, equitable, and effective use of digital resources for social good.
In 2017, Digital Impact awarded more than $200K in grants to seven international and US social sector organizations working to advance the safe, equitable, and effective use of digital resources for social good.