The Geospatial Analysis Center (GAC) Community GIS Grants allow non-profit groups to apply for GIS project services while GAC pays student staff to conduct this work with research staff guidance. A context for students to apply their GIS skills is one way GAC at supports the development of students preparing for graduate school and the geospatial industry. Our community work also brings value to UMD by fostering regional community and government relationships, providing high-quality consulting services, and completing revenue-generating projects.
Examples of previous work include:
• Viewshed analyses in Hartley Park to visually and statistically demonstrate the potential impacts of paved trails and new development in the park (for Hartley Nature Center)
• Educational presentation for leadership team about GIS in food access studies (for Great Lakes Second Harvest Food Bank)
• Data analyses from Duluth Hillside Neighborhood Survey to produce maps showing perceptions of safety, service needs, and community (for 1Roof Community Housing)
More information and the application form can be found here: