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OpenRefine's funding sources

OpenRefine relies on a combination of volunteer contributions and financial support to sustain its development.

We maintain a small paid team to ensure the project's long-term viability. The team includes:

  • One full-time developer
  • One part-time project manager
  • Other contractors as needed

Additionally, we utilize funds for internships, maintaining software subscriptions (e.g., Figma, Discourse, LimeSurvey), and the domain

This page outlines our various sources of funding and how you can contribute financially.

Individual and corporate donations

OpenRefine is a fiscally sponsored project of Code for Science & Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the USA. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by US law (Tax ID: 81-3791683).

Ways to donate:


Since 2018, OpenRefine has relied on grants to sustain its development. Below, you can find information on past, current, and under-application grants. Please note that the actual execution of the grant may differ in terms of budget, scope, and timeline from the initial application.


OpenRefine is actively applying to grant opportunities listed in this section. We will update this section with the latest information as we progress. If you're interested in partnering with us for a grant, contact us.

Current grants

OpenRefine is currently working on the following grants.

2023 Wikimedia Foundation

2022 EOSS-5

2021 EOSS-Diversity

  • CS&S code: ORefine: 21 SVCF - 2021-237149 OR for Everyone
  • Status: Awarded - Current
  • Amount: USD 240,000 (USD 120,000 per year for two years)
  • Source: Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative
  • Start Date: September 2021
  • End Date: December 2024 (extended from August 2023)
  • Relevant link:

Completed Grants

OpenRefine completed the following grants.

2023 NFDI

2022 NFDI

  • CS&S code: ORefine: General
  • Status: Awarded - Completed
  • Amount: EUR 10,000
  • Source: NFDI4Culture
  • Start date: July 2022
  • End date: December 2022
  • Relevant link:

2021 Wikimedia Foundation

2019 EOSS-1

2018 Google News Initiative

Unsuccessful applications

We applied for the following grant opportunities, but our proposals were not selected.


2023 EOSS-6

2023 Mozilla Infrastructure Fund

2021 EOSS-4