The University of Virginia Library seeks to work with the community to build the foundation of a collaborative Regional Equity Atlas for the Charlottesville region. Equity Atlases visualize data related to disparities in education, transportation, health, and other areas of social well-being to “illuminate a community’s geography of opportunity” – one example is the Durham Neighborhood Compass (  This Request for Proposals is part of the effort to support the community’s capacity to gather, use, and share data related to regional inequities.

What: Grants of $5000 to support work that will lead to open, shared information and data related to equity in our communities. Information and data may be qualitative or quantitative, current or historic. Spatial data (data that can be mapped) is of particular interest to the project, but not a requirement for this grant.

Purpose: Grants are intended to collect, contribute, document, and use community- (or organizationally-) generated data and information resources that will help citizens, organizations, activists, and decision makers promote greater equity in the greater Charlottesville region: the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Orange, Louisa, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Nelson, Augusta and Rockingham Counties.

Data and information might speak to racial, social, economic or environmental inequities, or any dimension that generates unfair differences in the ability of some groups of people to thrive in our communities. Community-based and non-profit organizations or independent researchers in Charlottesville and the surrounding counties are eligible to apply.

Examples of relevant work could include:

  • Publicly identifying existing data sources – internally generated, openly available, or collected by other organizations – that an organization or group could use to address questions of equity;
  • Appropriately formatting and documenting organizationally- or community-generated data and making it open and available to the public;
  • Creatively using existing or publicly-available data sources to address inequities, including documenting and sharing the work publicly;
  • Collaboratively generating new data or service inventories, which could be made public, to meet an articulated service gap;
  • Developing documentation and supporting information for commonly used existing data sources to enable use by others;
  • Drafting an open data plan for an organization, i.e., what data could you share, in what formats, with what restrictions.

Questions and Submission: Submit proposals to by May 3rd at 5pm

More information about the Equity Atlas Project is available at Applicants should send questions about potential proposals or the broader project to

Timeline: Three grants will be awarded in this first cycle; seven additional grants will be made through a second call in Fall 2019 for distribution in early 2020.

  • Proposals due: May 3, 2019
  • Award notification: June 17, 2019
  • Project start: July 1, 2019
  • Progress conversation: week of October 1, 2019
  • Final report due: March 6, 2020

Proposals: 2-4 pages total

Proposals will be reviewed by representatives from the University of Virginia Libraries, the University of Virginia’s Equity Initiative, the Equity Initiative’s community advisory board.

  1. Project Title
  2. Description
    • How does this work speak to local inequity?
    • What work will you be undertaking? If this is part of an ongoing effort, what part of the work will be supported by these funds?
    • Who will be engaged in the work? What experience do they bring, and what additional expertise could we provide to support the work?         
  3. Outputs
    • What outputs (reports, data sets, maps, etc.) do you anticipate being shared publicly?
    • What additional outputs do you anticipate generating that cannot be made public? Are there groups or types of individuals with which these could be shared?
  4. Timeline and Expected Milestones
    • Short term (before October 1, 2019)
    • Long term (by March 1, 2020)
  5. Budget
    • How do you plan to spend the $5,000?
  6. If your organization applied to the Agency Budget Review Team (ABRT) for funds, please include a copy of your most recent ABRT application.