CartoDB responds to White House call to action by creating new grant program to help climate change focused nonprofits
March 19, 2014 - Today in Washington DC, CartoDB announced its new Climate Grants program to give away between $50 and $3,500 to organizations working on climate change issues. Grants will be given to the most exciting and promising proposals that seek to help improve our understanding or education of climate change. Vizzuality, the company behind CartoDB, made the announcement today from Washington DC where they took part in the White House’s launch of the Climate Data Initiative.
Vizzuality has a long history of working on environment and climate related issues, having built a name in the world of data visualization, scientific data communication, and online interaction before launching CartoDB. The company lent their hand in the development of such projects as The Policy Climate Interactive, Global Forest Watch, and Protected Planet while working to improve data communication through mapping and data visualization online. Through their experiences working on such projects, Vizzuality realized that people needed an easier tool to create beautiful interactive maps online. Through CartoDB, the companies attempt at serving that need, Vizzuality hopes to turn more organizations into data communication experts, specifically through online mapping.
The CartoDB Climate Grants program will support foundations and nonprofits trying to create data-driven tools or efforts with respect to helping communities, companies, or citizens with resilience and preparedness for climate change impacts such as flooding, drought, and heat waves. Through the new Climate Grants webpage, the company will solicit grant applications and offer between $50 and $3500 for successful applications. Projects will have a year to spend the money on CartoDB infrastructure in order to improve their geo-applications, data visualization, or data sharing projects.