Grants For Good Program

Since the launch of our new Grants for Good Program we have awarded a number of non-profit and environmental organizations with CartoDB Grants. It is with great pleasure that we introduce some of the work being done by social and environmental organizations who make use of CartoDB through the Grants for Good Program.

##Introducing Aseptuck Land Trust

Aspetuck Land Trust is a non-profit membership organization whose mission is the preservation and conservation of open space, including farm and forest land, and the natural resources located thereon. Their work is done primarily in the towns of Easton, Weston, Fairfield, and Westport, Connecticut for the benefit and education of the public.

As part of our efforts to support environmental organizations, we awarded a year-long grant in support of the very important projects that help protect land in Connecticut – protect it from development and preserve it for open space to be enjoyed by the people that live there.

Aspetuck Land Trust actively manages their properties by consulting with experts from CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, The Nature Conservancy, and Audubon Society to ensure that the plants and animals that depend on the land are protected. This includes timing their meadow mowing to protect habitat for ground nesting birds, restoring river banks and building fish ladders to improve our native trout streams, removing invasive plants, improving trails to decrease erosion, and conducting wildlife surveys of properties.

The Aspetuck mapping project aims to communicate the need to preserve more land in area, which they consider to be “the last frontier” of undeveloped open space in the area, which is 50 miles away from NYC. Aspetuck Land Trust is working with the Wilton Land Conservation Trust to save land in this area from development. The project will connect existing trails maintained by Aspetuck and Wilton Land Trust with the Norwalk River Valley Trail which starts in Norwalk and ends in Danbury, Connecticut.

##Introducing the San Francisco Bay Area based Anti-Eviction Mapping Project

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project is a data-visualization, data analysis, and storytelling collective documenting the dispossession of San Francisco Bay Area residents in the wake of the Tech Boom 2.0. Through digital maps, oral history work, film, murals, and community events, the project renders connections between the nodes and effects of new entanglements of global capital, real estate, high tech, and political economy. It studies the displacement of people but also of complex social worlds as certain spaces become desirable to such entanglements. Maintaining anti-racists and feminist analyses, as well as decolonial methodology, the project creates tools and disseminates data that contributes to collective resistance and movement building.

Santa Monica Ellis Act Evictions:

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project has been using CartoDB for some time now and we are happy to have them as part of our new program. The grant is allowing them to expand their project into new areas of the city, including Oakland. Check out some of their amazing work!

Stay tuned for more information on our Grants for Good Program and the amazing organizations who have received CartoDB grants for environmental protection, social and political change, economic growth, and increased accessibility and use of open data.

Happy Data Mapping!