The application period for our second round of Microgrants has closed. Please check back soon or follow @IDEOorg on Twitter for updates.
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 these Microgrants is made possible thanks to a grant from the Agricultural Development group at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For this reason, the second cycle of Microgrants will again focus on projects using human-centered design towards agriculture-related projects.
Our judging panel is made up of social sector, agriculture, and design experts well-versed in the power of human-centered design.
We award HCD Connect Microgrants in the following two categories:
$5,000 Planning Grant: planning grants are for individuals or organizations initiating the human-centered design process as part of a particular project and requiring funding to conduct HCD "hear" or "create" research.
$10,000 Implementation Grant: implementation grants are designed for individuals or organizations that have experienced the human-centered design process and need funding to pilot or implement their project solutions.
Our 2013 HCD Connect Microgrant recipients
David Luo (Earth2Globe): Connecting Afghan Saffron Farmers to the Global Market
Meghan Fleckenstein (CTI): Innovations in Sorghum Processing
Jodie Wu (GCS): Universal Bike Adapter for Pedal-Powered Agricultural Tools
Jessica Fan (Tsinghua University): Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in China
Jesus Garcia-Gonzalez (ASU): Increasing Value for Smallholder Farmers in Peru
Linda Kwamboka (MFarm Limited): Mobile Technology to Link Farmers with Buyers
Kristen Dobson (Stanford University): Improving Coffee Quality for Smallholder Farmers
Agraj Dangal (ISAP): Facilitating the Farmer-to-Trader Interaction
Our 2012 HCD Connect Microgrant recipients
Anne-Marie Hendrickson (CTI) : Processing Chilli Peppers in Rural Ethiopia
Jacqueline Watts (URCSF): Providing Financial Services to Farmers in Uganda
Jeannette Rowland (Fabretto Children’s Foundation ): Redesigning Food Security and School Gardens in the Nicaraguan Context
Kevin Kung (Takachar/MIT): Turning Organic Waste into Energy Products for farmers in Kenya
Melissa Rohde (Stanford): Increaing Food Security in Water Scarce Rajasthan, India
Nancy Zamierowski and Michael Kuntz: Searching for Approaches to Conservation and Economic Development in Peru
Linda Kwamboka (MFarm Limited): Using Mobile Technology to Create Market for African Small-Scale Farmers
The application period for our second round of Microgrants has closed.Apply