Springtime OpenGov Grants make projects bloom


In recent weeks, Sunlight has awarded six more grants in our OpenGov Grant program. These grant-award programs continue to spread across the United States, supporting innovative projects that help fulfill dreams of making government more transparent and accountable. They are, in alphabetical order:

  • Ballot Path, led by Jim Cupples, is preparing a website showing all Oregon elected officials, and the steps to run for those offices, based on a seach of an address. Sunlight Foundation granted $10,000 to fund a pilot.
  • Big Easy Budget Breakdown is fiscally-sponsored by the Committee for a Better New Orleans. $10,000 to create a website that provides a short- and long-term picture of the New Orleans city budget, with an education plan for its use. Community stakeholders will be able to navigate where money and resources are going inside their schools. Read project coordinator Kelsey Foster’s blog post in the OpenGov Voices series.
  • The Campaign Finance Interactive Visualization project, an initiative of Solomon Kahn, received a $2,500 grant to create an interactive, online visualization so person can more easily ask and answer their own questions about campaign donations.
  • An $8,000 grant to the Detroit Charter Data project, fiscally-sponsored by Allied Media Projects and led by Allison Gross, will create a data aggregator and FOIA generator to help teachers, families and community stakeholders navigate where money and resources are going inside Detroit charter schools.
  • LivingLotsNYC 596 Acres received a grant of $10,000 to improve an online vacant public land organizing map, providing a path for the public to land use. Is a fiscally-sponsored project of the Fund for the City of New York.
  • Vermont Journalism Trust’s VTDigger Legislator Lookup $10,000 grant is to create a searchable campaign finance database for Vermont, with interactive graphics and API integration. Be sure to read VTDigger’s founder Anne Galloway’s guest blog post from last fall.

We have tried to make the application process as easy as practical, but we cannot award a grant if you don’t apply! We try to process all grants within two months, and reply to all applicants. Interested? See the OpenGov Grant pages for more information and the online application.