ArcGIS.com lets you upload and download GIS data files, search for GIS data, create webmaps and set up and share your own groups and collections, all for free. Signup for a free account at: https://www.arcgis.com/home/createaccount.html
If you want to learn how to use GIS software, a good site is:
If you prefer to study offline, the site above has numerous PDF
tutorials you can download (just look for: "Tutorials and Video")
For offline GIS study, you can also use this form with a $0 request
and a short justification to get either of the following self-paced
ESRI books free which each include trial versions of ESRI's software:
Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop #101783
GIS Tutorial 2nd Edition Book with Media #106440
If you simply need to print out basic maps of a topic or region you
are interested in you may find all you need at one of the mapping
service web sites ESRI has helped create. These usually include a
simple browser ability that will let you zoom into and print from
any of the hundreds of national and global databases, including the
paid proprietary databases. (You can do this for free. If you want
more comprehensive access to any of the paid ESRI databases, send
an ECP grant application.)
Mapping Sites List:
*===OTHER CATEGORIES OF ESRI GRANTS
ESRI has many specialized departments for other types of
Other departments who do grants include:
-Universities & Tribal Colleges:
-Schools & Libraries: email: email@example.com
-Humanitarian & Sustainable Development: Carmelle Terborgh
Email: cterborgh at esri dotcom
-Public Libraries & Museums:
-Cave and Karst, Archaeology: Bernie Szukalski, bszukalski at esri dotcom
-Local Government: Chris Thomas, cthomas at esri dotcom
Regardless of the type of group, you are always welcome to
apply via the Esri Nonprofit/Conservation program.
For Commercial sales, product or pricing questions:
call 1-800-GIS-XPRT, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact
your ESRI regional sales office:
*===WHERE TO GET MORE HELP
ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS AND PROGRAM WEBSITES
The Society for Conservation GIS: www.scgis.org
SCGIS is a membership group of all individuals active in
Conservation and GIS, organized as a non-profit
professional society to help provide technical support,
conferences and scholarships in Conservation GIS. Base
membership is $35/year which gets you into the excellent
annual technical conference and onto the mailing list.
Aboriginal Mapping Network: http://www.nativemaps.org/
AMN provides mapping and GIS resources for Native and First
Nation mappers to help with data, methods, training,
funding, legal, conferences and many other areas.
Indigenous Mapping Network http://www.indigenousmapping.net
"is an organization set up to empower native communities by
sharing essential tools which protect, preserve, and enhance
our way of life within our territories"
Greeninfo Network http://www.greeninfo.org/
GreenInfo Network is a non-profit organization that specializes
in helping public interest groups and public agencies.
Ecotrust provides many important GIS services to help build
"a conservation economy in the coastal temperate rain
forests of North America".
The Nature Conservancy: http://www.conserveonline.org/
TNC's website includes full-text articles on many topics of
Conservation GIS and Conservation Science. You can also
access many of their national and international
biodiversity data layers here.
*===HISTORY: CHANGES for this form version:
Old advanced form deleted. Instructions combined into one
guideline form. Grant form for advanced simplified and
combined with basic form.
8-12 site reorganized to one page with guideline links
10-08 ENVI Image Processing software Grant Program added
10-08 TechSoup general grant program begun, referred to
10-08 ANY ESRI Press Book can be requested
Note on "PLANET ACTION" imagery grants added to program
Children's program added to conference
A new submittal procedure simplified to a single email address.
2 books may now be requested instead of 1 for a basic grant
Extensions to the basic software may now be requested at extra
cost and extra justification.
A new submittal email address.