Grants:APG/Proposals/2020-2021 round 2/The Centre for Internet and Society/Proposal form

A2K Annual Proposal 2021–2022
The Centre for Internet and Society
CIS-A2K logo celebrating diversity, multicoloured
Legal statusRegistered non-profit organisation
Main officeNo. 194, 2nd 'C' Cross, Domlur, 2nd Stage, Bengaluru, 560071 (OpenStreetMap, Google Maps)
Key peoplePlease see CIS-A2K team
ReportsAccess to Knowledge reports
(or read the organisation's annual reports and audit reports, or the organisation's newsletters)
Phone number+91 80 4092 6283 (Bangalore office)
E-mail addresstito(_AT_) (primary contact)

The Centre for Internet and Society (or "CIS") is a registered non-profit research organisation based in India that undertakes interdisciplinary research on the internet and digital technologies from policy and academic perspectives. Areas of work at CIS comprise accessibility for persons with disabilities, openness, internet governance, telecommunication reform, intellectual property rights, digital privacy, cybersecurity and research on socio-material and cultural aspects of the internet. The official website of the organisation may be seen at Annual reports of the organisation may be seen at

The Access to Knowledge (or "A2K") program at CIS supports and facilitates the work of Wikimedia projects located across various Indian language communities. In mid-2012, CIS-A2K received a financial grant from the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and since then it has been actively involved in undertaking initiatives to foster and sustain the growth of the Wikimedia and free knowledge movement in India. For the last few years, we have been working to build and enhance community skills and capacity, and to create sustainable programs in enriching the Indian language content on Wikipedia. The program's primary objectives are:

  • supporting and collaborating with the Indian Wikimedia communities
  • developing and nurturing institutional partnerships
  • bringing more content under free license
  • designing and executing projects with community participation
  • strengthening Wikimedia volunteers through capacity building
  • fostering and enabling an appropriate legal and technological ecosystem to facilitate content creation and open access


1. In order to support community review, please provide a brief description of your organization's work in the upcoming funding period.

We are presenting the annual proposal of Access to Knowledge (A2K) for the period 1 July 2021 — 30 June 2022. At the time of writing the proposal in April 2021, India is facing the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to a grim public health situation. Challenges of remote working and dealing with the public health crisis have impacted coordination and meta work on the proposal, and posed difficulties in planning events and program activities well in advance in these unforeseeable conditions.

The Access to Knowledge or A2K program has been working with the communities in India for several years now, in planning, conducting, and supporting different types of Wikimedia activities. In this program year, we will continue to be a steward to the movement in India. We will build on the work we have done so far, with an attempt to further improve their quality, outreach and impact. We will also invest in new ideas and initiatives and align our work with the global movement.

  • Wikisource: Wikisource will continue to be a focused project for the A2K program. We will work proactively with all Indian Wikisource communities to identify areas of new engagement, as well as provide support towards organising events and activities, including on technical or logistical aspects as per the needs of communities.
  • Institutional partnerships: We will collaborate with like-minded institutional partners who share our vision on Wikimedia and the free knowledge movement, in order to improve and expand Wikimedia-related content and the reach of projects. We will continue to work with our existing institutional partners such as Vigyan Ashram, National Digital Library of India etc. We will also build new institutional partnerships that will add value to the movement.
  • Technological Infrastructure: In the current program year we have worked to develop a couple of tools book2scrollv2 (Wikisource) and bodh (Wikidata). Building on this work, we will develop tools/gadgets that directly help Indian Wikimedia communities. We will request for support from relevant Wikimedia Foundation teams, and also solicit inputs from expert volunteers and resource persons during this process.
  • Online events: Over the current year, we have been focusing on online/remote events and in the form of events like Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021, Wikidata Eighth Birthday (India). This year also we will conduct and support online Wiki-events and programs. We will also work towards building our capacities to enhance the quality of online events, in keeping with the needs of the evolving work environment in light of the pandemic.
  • Content Enrichment: We will conduct and support content enrichment-related activities such as Wikipedia edit-a-thons, Wikidata label-a-thons, Wikimedia Commons photo upload contest, Wikisource proofread contest etc.
  • Wiki legal support in India: This year, we wish to start working on an initiative that will provide legal guidance to Wikimedians and the Wikimedia communities in India on issues like registration of a society/trust (applicable for user groups), content licenses and IPR, statutory compliance and regulation related to foreign funding etc. This will provide support to Wikimedians facing possible legal difficulties related to their work on Wikimedia projects. As this is the first time we will attempt setting up such a support mechanism, we will take guidance from the Wikimedia Foundation, and also utilise the organisation's (CIS) institutional experience.
  • Wikimedia Strategy 2030: This is an important phase of Wikimedia Strategy 2030, as the implementation phase is beginning. In coordination with Wikimedia Foundation's strategy team, we will provide support to Indian Wikimedia communities to implement the strategy recommendations. Working on the Wikimedia Strategy recommendation implementation will be one of the most important areas of our work this year.
  • Request Page: CIS-A2K runs a request page that is open to Indian Wikimedia communities for general service and support (both financial and non-financial). We will continue to provide this service.
  • Learning and Evaluation/Knowledge Sharing: A2K has been serving the Wikimedia movement for several years now. This year, we wish to produce a series of writings capturing the program and institutional knowledge on different aspects and areas of the movement (please see also the fourth metric below).
  • Bridging Gender Gap: Bridging the gender gap in Wikipedia communities will continue to be an area of focus. In all our events, programs, and activities, we will undertake relevant efforts to address and attempt to bridge the gender gap on Indian Wikimedia projects.
  • Knowledge Dissemination strategy: The delivery of knowledge is as crucial as creation of knowledge. In the era of internet, it should reach anyone instantly when they need it. To achieve this effectively - methods of knowledge creation, nature of target audience, channels of delivery - are some of the work areas to design the broader strategy and process. CIS-A2K will work on the 'Knowledge Dissemination Strategy' with reputed organisations like Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) working for more than 30 years in the knowledge sector (please see also the fifth metric below).


2. Name, fiscal year, and funding period.
  • Legal name of organization: The Centre for Internet and Society
  • Organization's fiscal year: 1 April – 31 March
  • 12-month funding period requested: 1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022
  • Currency requested: Indian rupee (symbol: ₹/ abbreviation: INR)
  • Name of primary contact: Tito (CIS-A2K), tito

3. Amount requested.

Table 1

Currency requested US$
Total expenses for the upcoming year 14,754,976[1] 201,110.33
APG funding requested for the upcoming year 14,654,976 199,747.32
Amount of funding received from WMF for the current year 15,930,880 223,032
4. How does your organization know what community members and contributors to online projects need or want? Does your organization conduct needs assessments or consult the contributors and volunteers most involved with its work?
  • Before writing this proposal, we have conducted need-assessment surveys on program activities and research to understand the communities’ requirements. This year a total of 40 Wikimedians have submitted their responses across both surveys.
  • During different events and activities, we interact with community members. This regular interaction helps us to understand the community's needs.
  • We also conduct project-specific need assessments for our focus projects, such as Wikisource. Please see Wikisource proofreadathon RfC, Needs-assessment
  • Before conducting some of our major events, such as Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021, we request community inputs. (Request for Comments (RfC))
  • Some of our team members are involved in different Wikimedia projects in a volunteer capacity. Their direct and first hand experience also helps us to understand the needs of communities.
5. Please provide a link to your organization's strategic plan, and a link to your separate annual plans for the current and upcoming funding periods if you have them.
Current year Upcoming year
Annual work plan (including budget) Work plan 2020-21 Work-plan 2021-22
Strategic plan Strategic plan 2018–2020 Strategic plan 2020-2022

Annual plan summary


Previous proposals
Quick access
2019-2020 round 2 proposal
2018-2019 round 2 proposal
2017-2018 round 2 proposal
2016-2017 round 2 proposal
2015-2016 round 2 proposal

The Access to Knowledge (A2K) program is committed to support and strengthen Wikimedia projects and the Wikimedia community in India. We have been working actively with communities to support the Wikimedia projects in India for several years now. In these years, we have had the experience of conducting capacity-building events like Train the Trainer (several iterations), MediaWiki Training (several iterations), Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021 and various content-creation and outreach events such as workshops, editathons and community meet-ups. We have also supported major community events like WikiConference India 2016, WikiSangamotsavam-2016 etc. In the upcoming year (1 July 2021 – 30 June 2022) we will continue to play the role of steward of the community and the movement in India.

Program I: Content Enrichment Activities


The goals of the Content Enrichment Activities are:

  • To enhance content across Indian Wikimedia projects by offering credible and verifiable resources to Wikimedians.
  • To create high-quality content across Indian Wikimedia projects like Wikipedia, Wikidata, Wikisource, etc.
  • To work with practitioners and scholars to contribute to Wikimedia projects and create high-quality content.
  • To collaborate with subject experts in specific fields (for example in agriculture, political economy, law, art, gender studies, medicine, politics etc.) to actively improve the content that receives large readership, and address those topics that may be less visible.

It is our responsibility to support efforts towards improving content on Indian language Wikimedia projects. We will continue to upscale earlier efforts and projects that resulted in improved content and quality on Wikipedia projects, while also undertaking new initiatives in this area.

On Wikipedia: In the year 2020–2021 we focused on mini edit-a-thons, taking place for a shorter period of time (generally two days). We have conducted Mahatma Gandhi 2020 edit-a-thon, Festive Season 2020 edit-a-thon, Wikipedia 20th anniversary celebration edit-a-thon etc. This year, we propose to continue working on mini edit-a-thons. We will continue to support/organise at least four mini edit-a-thons on different Wikimedia projects. We will work with community members to organise these events. We will support edit-a-thons conducted by the communities (example), and provide logistical or other support requested by the communities.

On Wikisource: On Wikisource, we have conducted Indic Wikisource Proofreadathon May 2020 and Indic Wikisource Proofreadthon 2020. We have also supported proofreadathon events such as Rabimas proofread-a-thon. We will continue conducting and supporting such events. Following the last proofreadathon event, we are conducting a detailed request for comments, the suggestions from community members will help us design and make necessary changes in the next iteration of the event.

On Wikimedia Commons: We have started developing some language communities in Lingua Libre project through online training events. Marathi language community which has taken good initiative, will be strengthened along with two other communities. We will also develop the community working on audio books project started in the previous year.

On Wikidata: We will continue supporting WikiProject India. We'll conduct/support label-a-thon(s)/data-thon. We conducted introductory session and technical session on Lexemes for the interested community. We plan to develop this pilot Wikidata Lexeme project as model for other language communities.

Program II: Skill-development Activities


CIS-A2K strives for continuous skill building among Wikimedians and members of the movement. Activities in this area are designed around on-Wiki as well as off-Wiki skills required for the growth of the movement. Different approaches are adopted for new-comers and the experienced contributors. The sharing of skills through peer to peer learning is also an important area we would like to develop within the communities. We attempted this in the Wikimedia Wikimeet conducted in the previous year. We plan to expand this online training process across the Indic language communities. We will emphasize on inclusivity for bridging gender gap and focus on underrepresented communities.

The goals of skill development activities are:

  • To enhance skills through workshops and events among several Indic Wikimedians that allow them to contribute to and expand the Wikimedia movement.
  • To continuously develop and maintain the Wikimedians network that can assist volunteers who are new to the movement.
  • To empower/mentor community-initiated Wikipedia or any other project through Wiki-events, both financially and non-financially.
  • To further support Wikidata and Wikisource community that helps in collaborating with open knowledge platforms.

CIS-A2K will facilitate basic as well as advanced skill building sessions on various Wikimedia projects. We will develop specific online modules for one-to-one/personalised and group sessions. In keeping with efforts to bridge the gender gap, capacity building programs especially for women & LGBTQIA+ communities will be planned, in collaboration with organisations working in these areas. The capacity development of Wikisource communities will be continued in this year also. We will continue Wikisource Clinic to solve technical issues of Indian language Wikisource projects. We have planned to expand content digitisation activities by establishing set-ups like one at Vigyan Ashram or supporting organisations with the necessary equipment and technical infrastructure. The skill building programs in digitisation for the digital library sector will be conducted in collaboration with domain experts. An in-depth study of the community members requirements and existing skills will also be done to gather requisite inputs on the types of support needed in this area.

In the current program year, we have worked on a Wikisource tool Book2ScrollV2. This year we'll invest further to develop Wikisource tools, or to resolve bugs. Earlier we have received advice and inputs from Wikimedia GLAM team, and we'll continue coordinating with them and solicit their inputs in the Wikisource tech plan.

Program III: Partnership


Partnerships with like-minded institutions play an instrumental role in enhancing and sustaining the movement in India. There is a similarity in objectives regarding educating the society and raising awareness on various topics among many partner institutions of CIS-A2K. The program believes that Wikimedia projects are the vehicles for dissemination of knowledge built by these institutions over the years. It is important to work with thematic organisations and also support them with resource materials for capacity building, which can be integrated with Wikimedia projects for expanding outreach from a few beneficiary groups to the larger society by increasing accessibility and searchability. Demystifying content and integrating multimedia for better understanding could be achieved with content donation from these repositories. Institutional partnerships can therefore develop into mutually beneficial relationships for sustainability of the open knowledge movement.

The goals of our partnerships are:

  • To collaborate with like-minded institutions and organisations that believe in Wikimedia's vision in order to improve and expand Wikimedia-related content and their outreach.
  • To provide long-term support to Wikimedians in terms of infrastructure and resources.
  • To foster content and training-focused partnerships with research organisations.

CIS-A2K will focus on long term partnerships with various organisations in educational, cultural, social, environmental and research sectors. The activities would be evolved according to the core areas of expertise and priorities of each institution. The emphasis would be on building locally relevant topics and present needs of the society. These institutional partners will be developed as mentoring centres for Wikimedians. The re-licensing of content will be promoted to create thematic archives. These archives will be utilised as reliable and verifiable sources by the movement. Proactive efforts would be taken to involve scholars and experienced human resources in quality content generation. Some research institutions would be developed as reference desks for the Wikimedians. We are planning special projects with GLAM institutions. Some pilot projects with Wikimedians in Residence (WiR) will be executed with GLAMs. CIS-A2K is focusing on re-licensing for the last three years. We will develop partnerships with authors, publishing houses and organisations for content donation.

Institution Skills enhancement Content enrichment in Wikimedia projects Impact on free knowledge movement
Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL) Database management, developing CMRs & OERs High quality training material Strategy for knowledge dissemination
Vigyan Ashram Editing Wikimedia projects, creating OERs Content generation on appropriate technologies for livelihoods and environment Knowledge Dissemination about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
PAH Solapur University Editing Wikimedia projects, creating tutorials Locally relevant topics, educational concepts Aligning academic processes with open knowledge creation
Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics Importing library database and digitised content Copyright free digitised content, database of books/reports Rare & unique content with good reference value will be made accessible, the catalogues & databases will be linked globally
National Digital Library of India Wikidata & Wikisource editing, Copyright policies, Re-licensing process Content enrichment from NDLI on Wikisource and Wikidata Wikidata and Wikisource linkage on NDLI website
Kalashram Archive, Adilabad Copyright policies, Re-licensing process, Wikimedia Commons uploading Content on arts & culture Structured documentation of heritage and rare arts/crafts
Tarun Bharat Sangh Editing in Wikimedia projects, Re-licensing process Content related to water and rivers of India Reliable database of rivers in India and their present status
Visva-Bharati University Editing in Wikimedia projects, Copyright policies, Re-licensing process Content from Santiniketan museum and Sangit Bhavana The visitors will have access to in-depth knowledge through QR codes to be installed
School of Cultural Texts & Records, Jadavpur University Editing in Wikimedia projects, Copyright policies, Re-licensing process Cultural texts, music archive, database of library & archives High quality, reliable and unique content on cultural history and traditional music will be available to the community
RIWATCH, Arunachal Pradesh Editing in Wikimedia projects, Copyright policies, Re-licensing process Cultural content about North-East region of India Identification and bridging of knowledge gaps about North-east region of India
INTACH Chapters in India Copyright policies, Re-licensing process, Wikimedia Commons uploading Content on heritage, arts & culture Structured documentation of local heritage and monuments
Lek Ladki Abhiyan and other Gender based organisations in India Editing in Wikimedia projects, Copyright policies, Re-licensing process Content generation on gender issues Reliable content on gender issues
Libraries Digitisation, metadata development Diverse content in searchable form Strategy to make valuable and rare reference content accessible

Program IV: Leadership


CIS-A2K has adopted a multi-pronged approach towards leadership development within the Wikimedia movement. Motivating and supporting individual as well as community initiatives has been a priority for us. Decentralised activity centres strengthen the communities through close and frequent interactions. This also enhances the diversity of participation and topics in the Wikimedia projects. The issues like editor retention, community health and locally relevant knowledge gaps could be addressed more effectively with community-led events. We also work closely with institutional partners to take lead in thematic areas for a sustainable content generation process. In the last few years, organisations like Lek Ladki Abhiyan and Tarun Bharat Sangh have been leading the knowledge creation in the areas of gender and water resources respectively. Another partner, Vigyan Ashram is coordinating the digitisation activity in Maharashtra. It is spreading awareness about Wiki projects and training youths in Wikimedia contribution as part of their training program. CIS-A2K is also trying to make contributions towards designing some strategies like knowledge dissemination, legal support to Wikimedians and response to current situations like the pandemic. CIS-A2K will also play a major role in the implementation of the Wikimedia Strategy 2030 in India.

The goals of the Leadership program are:

  • To conceptualise and execute projects resulting in high-quality content and recruitment of new editors.
  • To present documentary evidence highlighting the impact of Wikimedia projects in the education sector.
  • To develop a culture of multilingual collaboration across projects and communities, and sharing best practices.
  • To create leaders who help in formulating and implementing policies of diversity, inclusion and safe space across communities and community events.

Support to individual and community-led events will be continued this year also through the official request page. Events to encourage peer-learning through online sessions will be planned between Wikimedians working in different languages and projects. Regular interactive programs would be conducted with thematic organisations to evolve content generation projects. A series of collaborative processes will be launched to develop strategies and action plans in areas like knowledge dissemination, legal support etc. CIS-A2K will facilitate and coordinate Wikimedia Strategy 2030 implementation with community participation in India.

Research work


The goals of research work for this year are as follows:

  • Identify knowledge gaps in content creation and participation in Indian language Wikimedia projects and platforms, as well as challenges, and opportunities in different aspects of the same.
  • Foster better understanding and awareness of systemic issues such as gender bias in Indian language communities, access and reuse of content, open and multilingual forms of learning and related topics.
  • Inform best practices towards addressing existing challenges and optimizing available resources for the larger free knowledge movement.

The research plan for 2021-22 will build upon work undertaken in specific project areas over this last year, with a focus on priorities identified through our work with various language communities, and results from the research needs assessment exercise. Work on the following areas will be led by the research manager:

Support towards Content Enrichment and Outreach

  • Drawing upon inputs from collaborators in the movement and in line with the focus areas for this year, the program will undertake a baseline study to identify prevalent knowledge gaps on Indian Wikisource projects. This year-long study will focus on two key areas, namely technological gaps and capacity-building/skill building needs, based on observations from the research needs assessment conducted earlier this year. It will work closely with select Indian language communities to locate specific areas of intervention and training. The study will be led by the Wiksource advisor and research manager in collaboration with an external advisor, with support of a research associate.
  • In continuation with work on Bridging Gender Gap on Wikimedia, a mapping of knowledge repositories available with institutions working on gender related topics, with a focus on women and LGBTQIA+ related content and resources will be undertaken. Possibilities of bringing this content on Wikimedia will also be explored. These efforts will be led by collaboration with and active participation of individuals and organizations working in the field. The work will be led by a research associate with training in gender/women’s studies, with overall supervision by the research manager and support of a Program Officer working closely on activities related to bridging the gender gap in the team.

Community Engagement and Capacity Building

As with the previous year, capacity building for team/community members will be undertaken through short sessions/evening group discussions conducted during main team events. These will focus on thematic identified as part of ongoing work, including introduction to Wikimedia/open knowledge research, methodologies and documentation practices, research ethics and privacy, design of outputs and outreach. These sessions will be conducted based on the needs and interests of the community.

Financials: current year

The purpose of this section is to give the FDC an idea of how your organization is receiving funds and spending funds toward your current plan. Your current funding period is the funding period now in progress (e.g. 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016 for most organizations).

Table 2

Financials for the current funding period
Revenues or expenses Planned (budgeted) Actual, until one month before the proposal due date Projected
Currency requested US dollars Currency requested US dollars Currency requested US dollars
Revenues (from all sources) 15,930,880 223,032 9,293,013[2] 130,102.18[2] 15,930,880+284,500[3] 223,032+3,983[3]
Expenses 15,930,880 223,032 7,458,135 104,413.90 15,930,880+284,500[3] 223,032+3,983[3]


Shared metrics

  • Participants: The number of people who attend your events, program or activities, either in person or virtually. This definition does not include people organizing activities, social media followers, donors, or others not participating directly.
  • Newly registered: The number of participants that create new accounts on a Wikimedia project. These include users who register up to two weeks before the start of the event.
  • Content pages: A content page is an article on Wikipedia, an item on Wikidata, a content page on Wikisource, an entry on Wiktionary, and a media file on Commons, etc. This metric captures the total number of content pages created or improved across all Wikimedia projects.

Grantee-defined metrics

  • Learning-Evaluation/Knowledge Sharing (LEKS): CIS-A2K has been working in the movement for several years now. We'll document our learning, program experience in a series of writings mostly to be published on Diff. These will be detailed writing (mostly text-based, however, we'll include other media formats as well). These writing pieces will document the institutional experience and knowledge that may help readers to prepare a work plan or protocol.
  • New Partnerships: CIS-A2K has been putting consistent efforts to build partnerships with various institutions. We plan to consolidate the partnerships in a structured way in this year. New Partnership is formed when we share the same vision, goal and specific objectives towards action program evolved jointly. It includes roles and responsibilities of both the parties and a set of deliverables within some timeframe. An institution will be counted as a 'New Partnership' if one event per year is conducted in collaboration, Quarterly reviews are held around the action plan and the institution shows interest in working with us for the next two years.

Table 3

Program Participants Newly registered Content pages Learning-Evaluation/Knowledge Sharing (LEKS) New Partnerships
Content Enrichment 400 330 15,800 3 6
Skill Development 500 35 3,200 3
Partnerships 1,200 550 18,200 2
Leadership 800 85 2,800 2
Total 2,900 1,000 40,000 10 6

Staff and contractors: upcoming year's annual plan

1. Please describe your organization's staffing plan or strategy here, and provide a link to your organization's staffing plan or organogram if you have one.
  • We appoint employees based on program need, and community suggestion. In the upcoming year we want to hire a Program Officer (Tech) to lead our tech plan, however if we fail to hire a full-time person, we may try part-time and assignment-based works. For the program also, in general, we will try assignment-based/part-time contract for specific activities/projects.
2. List of staff by department or function.
You can use this table (or substitute your own list) to show us the number of FTEs (fulltime equivalents) for each department or function, where one person working at 100% time would be counted as 1.0. We need this information about the total number of staff (FTEs) you plan to have by the end of the current funding period, and staff you plan to have by the end of the upcoming funding period.

Table 4

Department or function End of current funding period End of upcoming funding period Explanation of changes
Program Manager 1 1 Program Manager will lead program activities, will be supported by the Program Director
Sr. Program Officer 0 1 After 2018 we did not have a Senior Program Officer. We are expecting a position this year
Program Officer 4 3 Adjusts with the Senior Program Officer position
Total (should equal the sum of the rows): 5 5
3. How much does your organization plan to spend on staff by the end of the current funding period, in currency requested and US dollars?
  • 6,474,000 (USD 88,240.62)
4. How much does your organization plan to spend on staff by the end of the upcoming funding period, in currency requested and US dollars?
  • INR 6,268,800 (USD 85,443.74)

Financials: upcoming year

Detailed budget: upcoming year

Line item number Budget Head FDC(INR) FDC(USD) Comments/Explanation
Conversion rate:   1 → US$ 0.01363
1. Program Expenses
1.1 Program Director 480,000 6,542 Currently User:Amber (CIS-A2K), he is also the Executive director of the organisation. Mentors Program Manager and Research Officer (supervisor)
1.2 Program Manager 1,080,000 14,720 Program Manager manages all the programs (except research 1.5 below).
1.3 Senior Program Officer (partnership) 984,000 13,412 We are expecting to have a Senior Program Officer to work for "Institutional Partnership" category
1.4 Wikisource officer 816,000 11,122 Wikisource is a focused project of our plan. We'll continue to have a dedicated Wikisource program person this year as well.
1.5 Program officer 600,000 8,178 Program Officer supporting other areas of program such as Communication, Events etc.
1.6 Research officer (supervisor) 912,000 12,431 Supervises and manages the research project
1.7 Tech Officer/Developer 864,000 11,776 We'll hire developers. It can be a full-time position, or two part-time positions.
1.8 Program and Finance Co-ordinator 532,800 7,262
1.9 Associates/Community Advocates 936,000 12,758 Program Associates/Community Advocates supporting the program or specific projects/communities.
1.10 Research Associate 420,000 5,725 Works in the research project
1.11 Program/project advisor 480,000 6,542 Part-time advisor
1.12 General Community Support 950,000 12,949 General support to the community, includes support to request page requests
1.13 Skill Building Initiatives 800,000 10,904 This budget line is used for various skill-building initiatives throughout the year.
1.14 Community Events 1,000,000 13,630 Regional, city-based, community events
1.15 Partnership activities 400,000 5,452 This budget line is intended for partnership building and conducting Wiki-activities with their support
1.16 Staff travel & stay 140,000 1,908 This year we are expecting much less staff travel because of the pandemic-related travel restriction
1.17 Creating movement resources 150,000 2,045 Budget line for creating movement resources (tutorials, videos, etc.)
1.18 Digitisation 240,000 3,271
1.19 Equipment for community 250,000 3,408 Equipment such as Laptop, Hard Disk, etc for Wikimedia communities in India.
1.20 Miscellaneous 90,000 1,227 Unforeseen and miscellaneous expenses
Program Expenses Sub-total 12,124,800 165,261
2. Operational Expense
2.1 Program Director 360,000 4,907 Working on hiring, firing, Learning and Evaluation, communication with lawyers, FCRA experts, mentoring Program Manager. Advising during report/proposal writing
2.2 Program Manager 360,000 4,907 Operation activities such as financial approval, task monitoring, team meeting, internal documentation, co-ordination with finance, auditors, preparing reports, proposal, working on SoPs etc.
2.3 Program and Finance Co-ordinator 355,200 4,841
2.4 Institutional development 1,454,976 19,831 This amount is spent for institutional development and includes expenses like office rent, electricity, office internet, newspaper, maintenance, office support etc.
Operational Expenses sub-total 2,530,176 34,486
Total 14,654,976 199,747.32
  • You can find the detailed budget here.

Revenues: upcoming year


Please use this table to list your organization's anticipated revenues (income, or the amount your organization is bringing in) by revenue source (where the revenue is coming from) in the upcoming funding period (e.g. 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017).

  • Use the status column to show if this funding is already guaranteed, if you are in the process of requesting funding, or if you are planning to request funding at a later time.
  • Please include in-kind donations and resources in this table, as applicable, and use the status column to show that they are in-kind resources.
  • Do not include money you plan to draw from your reserves during the upcoming funding period.

Table 5

Anticipated revenues for the upcoming funding period
Revenue source Currency requested US dollars Status (e.g. guaranteed, application)
Wikimedia Foundation 14,654,976 199,747.32 Proposal and work plan submitted to Wikimedia Foundation
In-kind support 100,000 1,363 Expected in-kind payment by partners/institutions
Total revenues (should equal the sum of the rows): 14,754,976 201,110.32

Table 5 notes: If your organization has significant funding other than FDC funds, please note how those funds will be used.

Operating reserves: current and upcoming years


Please note that there is a policy that places restrictions on how much FDC funding your organization can use to build its operating reserves. If you would like to use FDC funding to for your organization's reserves, you must note that here. You will not be able to decide to allocate FDC funding from this grant to your reserves at a later date.

1. What is your plan for maintaining, building, or spending your reserves in the current year and the upcoming funding period? Please use the table below to show the amounts in your reserves at the beginning, year-to-date, and end of your current year, and the amount you plan to have in your reserves by the end of the upcoming funding period.

Table 6

Year Year start Year start(US) Year-at-date Year-at-date (US) Year end Year end (US)
Current year (e.g. 2020) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Upcoming year (e.g. 2021) 0 0 0 0 0 0
2. How much FDC funding is your organization requesting to add to your reserves in the upcoming funding period? If you are not requesting any FDC funding to add to your reserves in the upcoming funding period, you can write zero.
  • We are not requesting FDC funding to add to our reserves in the upcoming funding period and our current reserve is zero.

Expenses: upcoming year's annual plan

1. Expenses by program (excludes staff and operations).
Program expenses are the costs associated specifically with your organization's programs, and do not include operating expenses or staff salaries, which will be described in separate tables. Program expenses may be the costs of an event, the costs of outreach materials specific to a program, budgets for microgrants and reimbursements, or technical costs associated with specific programs, for example. The programs listed in this table should correspond to the programs you have listed in the programs section of this proposal form.

Table 7

Program Currency requested US dollars
Content Enrichment Activities 1,060,000 14,447.80
Skill-development Activities 1,867,000 25,447.21
Partnership 1,547,000 21,085.61
Leadership 862,000 11,749.06
Research work 520,000 7,087.60
Total expenses (should equal the sum of the rows) 5,856,00 79,817.28

Table 7 notes: If your organization has significant funding designated for specific programs (e.g. a restricted grant), please make a note of that here.

2. Total expenses. Please use this table to summarize your organization's total expenses overall.
These are divided into three categories: (1) staff expenses from Table 4 (including expenses for staff working on both programs and operations), (2) expenses for programs from Table 7 (does not include staff expenses or operations expenses), and (3) expenses for operations (does not include staff expenses or program expenses). Be sure to check the totals in this table to make sure they are consistent with the totals in the other tables you have submitted with this form. For example, your total program expenses excluding staff will be equal to the total in Table 7, while your total staff expenses will be equal to the total in Table 4 and your total expenses will be equal to the total in Table 1.

Table 8

Expense type Currency requested US dollars
Program expenses (total from Table 7, excludes staff) 5,856,000 79,817.28
Operations (excludes staff and programs) 2,530,176 34,486
Upcoming staff total expenses (from Table 4) 6,268,800 85,443.74
Total expenses (should equal the sum of the rows) 14,654,976 199,747.32


  1. This amount included in-kind support of INR 100,000
  2. a b Includes INR 2,478 which is charged by the bank
  3. a b c d in-kind support

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