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Now in its 7th year, Azavea’s Summer of Maps Geospatial Data Analysis Services Grant applications are open for nonprofit organizations.


What is Summer of Maps?
Summer of Maps is a fellowship program run by Azavea that matches nonprofit organizations that have spatial analysis needs with top students pursuing careers in geospatial data analysis to complete projects over a three-month period during the summer.Check out this video to learn more about the program.

Service for Nonprofits
Azavea is committed to increasing the impact of data analysis in the nonprofit sector. To that end, Azavea funds a summer fellowship for advanced students to work with nonprofit organizations at no cost. Top GIS students will work with our mentors to implement a geospatial data analysis and visualization projects during the summer of 2018 for selected nonprofit organizations.

What do we mean by "geospatial data analysis and visualization"?
We’re looking for projects that will have a positive impact nonprofit. Here are a few examples:


  • Arts & Culture: analyze geographic location of ticket sales and donations to both identify existing clusters and untapped markets
  • Elections & Civil Rights: identify the sources of campaign contributions and measure the influence they have on the national political landscape
  • Environment, Sustainability and Ecosystems: analyze the urban tree canopy and existing development to make a recommendation for future tree planting and preservation
  • Public Safety: analyze the impact of neighborhood indicators or other environmental factors on crime risk
  • Public Health & Food: develop three potential sites for a new soup kitchen and perform a market analysis to determine how each will affect existing sites
  • Community & Economic Development: analyze housing needs to determine the best site for a new low income housing development
  • Transportation: identify the next 10 streets for the addition of bike lanes by scoring all street segments based on a variety of geographic criteria
  • Past Results
    In 2013, the Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) participated in the Azavea Summer of Maps program. Summer of Maps Fellow Lena Ferguson created reports, including custom maps, that displayed DVAEYC data on Philadelphia early childhood education programs, as well as city and census data on other childhood risk factors (access to farmers’ markets and healthy corner stores, poverty levels, and more). DVAEYC distributed custom copies of the reports to each Philadelphia City Councilperson and advocated for funding to support their mission. The advocacy efforts of DVAEYC, combined with the professional reports by Summer of Maps, resulted in $1 million in funding from Philadelphia’s City Council and the William Penn Foundation.

    Important Dates

  • January 28, 2018: Organization application closes
  • February 16, 2018: Student application opens
  • March 11, 2018: Student application closes
  • April 2018: Student Fellows and Organizations Announced
  • June 2018: Fellowship starts
  • August 2018: Fellowship ends, projects completed


  • Application link: http://bit.ly/2018-Spatial-Analysis-Services-Grant-Application-Press

    If nonprofits need more info before submitting an application they should be directed to these resources:

  • Guide for Nonprofit Applicants
  • Summer of Maps 2017 Project Shortlist
  • Video Overview
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