Fee Waiver Program

If paying the OSMF membership fee is an unreasonable burden because you don’t have access to suitable money transfer options or because of financial hardship, you can apply for a fee waiver and become an associate member. Associate members who have joined under the waiver program have the same rights as any associate member, and that they joined under the program will not be made public. You will have to reapply under the waiver program each year.

People applying must face either financial hardship or a lack of suitable money transfer options, as well as contribute something of value to OpenStreetMap.

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We require that the applicant is an “active mapper” as defined in the Contributor Terms. The applicant must have edited OpenStreetMap in three different calendar months in the last twelve months. This will be checked by looking at your OSM edit history for your user name.

Lack of suitable money transfer

The OSMF takes PayPal, international bank transfer, SEPA, or UK bank transfer. For a list of countries without PayPal access, we take information from their US Prohibited Countries list and list of supported countries for the UK.
Members who live in one of the following countries have a lack of suitable money transfer options and automatically qualify under this part of the policy.

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cuba
  • Central African Republic
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Haiti
  • Iran
  • Kosovo
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Nepal
  • North Korea
  • Pakistan
  • Sierra Leone
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Syria
  • Timor-Leste
  • Uzbekistan

This list may be updated from time to time as PayPal’s rules and embargoes change. If you are from a country not on this list and prohibited from sending money by PayPal or bank transfer, please contact the Membership Working Group at membership@osmfoundation.org

If you qualify (your country is listed above) please fill out the fee waiver form for lack of suitable money transfer

Financial hardship

If you are not resident in a country listed above, but paying the fee is  an unreasonable burden, you can have your fee waived for that. Currently, the board decides on a case by case basis who is eligible. Please explain your situation and also share the scope of you how are contributing to OpenStreetMap. The Board will take this information into account.


Basis for the fee waiver program is the board resolution from 2014-10-14 and the subsequent vote at the annual general meeting.