The HCD Connect platform and the microgrant program are designed to catalyze new best practices to help ensure that people using human-centered design to tackle poverty-related challenges around the world are receiving direct input on their solutions.
The HCD Connect website and funding for this first found of micgrogrants was made possible thanks to a grant from the Agricultural Development group at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The first microgrant cycle is focused on projects using human-centered design on agriculture-related projects.
Applications may be submitted June 1 to July 15, 2012.
Questions? Please email: HCDConnect@IDEO.org.
There are two types of microgrant awards:
$5,000 Planning Grant: planning grants are for individuals or organizations that want to initiate the human-centered design process as part of a particular project and require funding to get the project started.
$10,000 Implementation Grant: implementation grants are designed for organizations that have experienced the human-centered design process and need funding to pilot or implement their project solutions.
In order to be eligible for a microgrant, a project must meet the following three criteria:
- 1the project must be related to agricultural development;
- 2the project must have drawn from, or be planning to employ, the methods and approaches of human-centered design;
- 3someone from the project team must create a story on HCD Connect detailing the project or proposed project. In general, grant-making preference will be given to active participants on the HCD Connect platform.