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Projects that explore the novel use of data, media, and technology to inform participants, with a focus on collecting and sharing information to improve communities (e.g. digital literacy programs, technology for community advancement, public computer centers, neighborhood wayfinding, digital workshops, screenings, festivals, etc.)

Participating OPEN communities currently include Bushwick and Williamsburg. Each calendar year, nonprofit organizations serving one of the aforementioned neighborhoods have the opportunity to apply for an ODA grant at an open call. In addition to the proposal options highlighted in the four categories listed below, all projects and/or programming must incorporate public and/or community spaces in the neighborhood. This criteria ensures a means of bringing the community closer together and increasing the likelihood of participation among diverse residents. All projects must have a collaborative component that heavily incorporates community members, allowing them to engage in the creative processes.


The application process consists of five steps:

  1. Submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) via our online platform at

  2. After LOI's are reviewed, we will decide which projects best align with the mission of OPEN. Applicants of selected projects will then be asked to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP), which should include more detailed information about their organization, project, goals, and budget.

  3. Applicants will interview with the Executive Director and Grant Review Panelists.

  4. Applicants must fine-tune their proposals based on feedback, then resubmit their RFP.

  5. The final step before funding is meeting with our Board of Directors.

Following receipt of funding, winning candidates will have up to one year to complete their selected projects. Grant recipients must submit mandatory monthly reports and meet regularly with our Executive Director to review these materials until the completion of their project. In addition, all selected grantees are required to attend our Grantee Awards Reception. Please review our calendar for important dates and deadlines.



July 15, 2017: Begin accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) from applicants

September 15, 2017: Deadline to submit Letters of Interest (LOI)

November 1, 2017: Request for Proposal (RFP) sent to qualified applicants

December 1, 2017: Deadline to submit a response to Request for Proposal (RFP)

January 15, 2018: Applicant interviews with Executive Director & Grant Review Panel

February 15, 2018: Applicant interviews with the Board of Directors

March 15, 2018: Applicants notified of their status

May 1, 2018: Grantee Awards Reception

June 2018: Grants released