Catalytic Grants Q&A: Round 4 (Sustainability & Interoperability)

We’ve announced our next round of the OSC’s Catalytic Grant program, and applications are due at the end of February.

If you have any questions about this grant program, its goals, requirements, or the application process, send an email with your question, or reply to this topic. Please refrain from sharing confidential or private information, as we intend to share all relevant questions and answers for other potential applicants. We will strive to provide initial answers to all submitted questions within 72 hours. We encourage you to submit your questions no later than 3 February 2020, to allow time for a thoughtful proposal.

We’ll update this top post with answers to all your questions.


(Via e-mail) Q: Can a single community submit more than one grant proposal? For example, one for sustainability and one for interoperability, or two interoperability grants for building two different integrations?

A: If your project/community is able to clearly define multiple ideas, we encourage you to submit more than one, but please include a priority between your mulitple applications. We anticipate that applications will be highly competitive, and while each application will be scored independently, issuing awards to a larger number of projects could be a factor in determining tie-breakers between similarly-ranked applications.


(Via e-mail) Q: For interoperability grants, the announcement states the award can be a “combined cash and in-kind value can be up to $15,000 USD, as requested by the applicant”. Can applicants request either a grant of $15,000, full in-kind support (only) from your team, or a combination of the two?

A: Yes, an applicant may request any value between $0 and $15,000 in cash; including grants of only in-kind technical assistance, grants of cash only, or a combination of the two. The application should indicate either $0; $15,000; or a reduced amount if a combination award is requested. Proposals will be evaluated based on the technical goals of the project, regardless of the scenario chosen. Applicants should select the most appropriate model based on their project or community’s available technical resources.

The post above has been updated with two questions received via email in the last several days, including questions on multiple proposals, and mixing cash and in-kind resources.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: We have heard from many of our community members about the many deadlines faced this week, including Google Summer of Code and Outreachy. As a result, we are extending the deadline through the end of the month. The new deadline is the end of 29 February 2020 Anywhere On Earth (AOE).