DIAL Open Source Center’s Catalytic Grant program 2018 (Up to $25,000 USD in funding)

The DIAL Open Source Center’s Catalytic Grant program is an offering of financial support for free and open source software projects working in the humanitarian response and international development sectors.These grants are intended to support types of work that have traditionally been neglected or unfinished by these projects for various reasons.The program funds projects, features or efforts that are well-aligned with the Principles for Digital Development and the mission statement of the Open Source Center.

Accepted projects should have a clearly established connection to serving people and communities in low and middle-income countries,or should demonstrate establishing that connection through the work done via grant funds.

Application deadline: June 15,2018


  • Projects with wider scope (users, purpose, contributor/maintainer organizations) will be favored over projects with narrower scope.
  • Efforts on to improve existing projects.
  • Proposals to start new multi-stakeholder collaboration for new features or strategies of existing projects.
  • Proposals to re-invigorating dormant projects of high potential value.

In this round of thematic funding, DIAL is sponsoring up to 6 grants, each up to $25,000 USD, to advance the Open Source Center’s mission of fostering healthy, sustainable open source communities and products.

DIAL anticipates accepted proposals to be focused on one of the following high-impact areas:

Dirty Jobs”

  • Improvements to the software development process, such as CI infrastructure, increasing test coverage, or technical backlog grooming
  • Improvements to community and contribution, such as improved/consolidated documentation, better packaging, or training materials
  • Improvements to the software code quality, such as refactoring code small or updating dependencies to newer versions

Privacy & responsible data

  • Development of features to support user compliance with regulatory requirements such as GDPR
  • Features to allow/facilitate anonymization and/or deletion of user-owned content/data
  • Improvements to underlying encryption, audit logging, and other security features

Improving the user experience

  • Field-based or laboratory research on user experience challenges faced by product users, admins, etc.
  • Development and user testing of UI prototypes to improve known areas of user confusion/frustration
  • Review of existing workflow(s) by a UX designer to prioritize improvements


Project leaders should coordinate applications within your open source community, and submit only one single proposal per open source project, representing your community’s best idea.

Applicants must submit the proposal form on the OSC web site.

Applications are on or before by June 15, 2018. Do not wait until the last minute to apply.


  • 30 April 2018: Program announced, proposals accepted
  • 15 June 2018: Deadline for applicants to submit proposals
  • End of June to Early July 2018: Notification of grant recipients

For more information,please visit http://www.osc.dial.community/grants.html


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