Open Knowledge Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the Open Data Day 2022 Small Grants Application to support organisations hosting Open Data events and activities across the world.

Depending on the types of events, the grant will support selected registered organisations with grants ranging from USD 500 to USD 1000 each. The application deadline is 13th May 2022 (extended deadline 20th May 2022) and the events supported by the grant should take place from 1st June 2022 until 31st August 2022. The grants will favour work across disciplines, targeted campaigns and advocacy efforts to support the Paris Agreement, local efforts tackling climate change, and using open data for social impact.

This year’s grant funding is OPEN for in-person events only and will support 14 events. 10 open data events and 4 special category events.

We have special grants for the “Ocean data for a thriving planet” category to support organisations hosting World Oceans Day and Data related activities anytime from 5th – 11th June 2022. For this category, the grant available is USD 1000 each and will support 4 events. More information on the special category is given below.

We are extremely grateful to our partners Microsoft, who have provided funding for this year’s small grants scheme.

To be awarded a small grant, your event must fit into one of the five categories laid out below.

What are the category?

This year’s categories are:

  • Environmental data: Use open data to illustrate the urgency of the climate emergency and spur people into action to take a stand or make changes in their lives to help the world become more environmentally sustainable.
  • Tracking public money flows: Expand budget transparency, dive into public procurement, examine tax data or raise issues around public finance management by submitting Freedom of Information requests.
  • Open mapping: Learn about the power of maps to develop better communities.
  • Data for equal development: How can open data be used by communities to highlight pressing issues on a local, national or global level? Can open data be used to track progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs?
  • Ocean data for a thriving planet (special category): Use open data to create tools for ocean resilience and sustainability, help communities organise and share ocean data, or combine local and global data sources to show the connections between oceans, climate, and human well-being.
What is a small grant?

It’s a small fund ranging from USD 500 to USD 1000 to help organisations host in-person Open Data events and activities. It supports registered civil society organisation events and cannot be used to fund government events.

A registered organisation can apply once, and for just one category.

The grant payment will be transferred to the successful grantees after their event takes place and once the Open Knowledge Foundation team receives a draft blogpost about the event.

Who can apply? 

The small grant application is open to all registered organisations across the world, who are interested in hosting in-person open data events and activities in their country.

An individual cannot apply for this year’s small grant application, and the events cannot be virtual or online.

The application of special grants for the “Ocean data for a thriving planet” category is restricted to organisations and communities living in coastal nations.

How to apply? 

The Open Data Day 2022 small grants application form is available here. Please use this form to submit your application.

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More details about the special category?

This year we have “Ocean data for a thriving planet” as a special category, where we will support organisations hosting World Oceans Day and Data related activities anytime from 5th – 11th June 2022 with the grant of USD 1000. In total 4 events will be supported.

Additional to the grant:

  • We are also providing the technical support to help access relevant datasets and a lite training to teach how to play with data, using Livemark.
  • We will also provide materials to better understand the problem related to the ocean so that effective activities can be planned to use available data.

Criteria for the grant:

  • The grant application is restricted to organisations and communities living in coastal nations.
  • The event and activities have to be organised during World Ocean Week (5th – 11th June 2022).
About Open Data Day?

Open Data Day is an annual celebration of open data all over the world, where we gather to reach out to new people and build new solutions to issues in our communities using open data.

Groups from around the world create local events on the day where they use open data in their communities. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business, and civil society.

The twelfth Open Data Day took place on Saturday 5th March 2022. Please join the Open Data Day Google Group to get connected with other open data communities and for more information please visit the Open Data Day website:

Need more information?

For more information, you can reach out to the Open Knowledge Foundation team by emailing or on Twitter via @OKFN. You can also join the Open Data Day Google Group to ask for advice or share tips and get connected with others.