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The primary role of the Regional Fund Committees (RFC, also Regional Funds Committees, Regional Grants Committees) is strategic thought partnership to help understand the complexities of Wikimedia Foundation Funding regions and to make funding decisions for grant applications in the regions, providing knowledge and expertise to applicants to support successful movement activities.


Current members


Username Regional Fund Committee Term started Notes
FocalPoint CEECA 2021年10月
MikyM CEECA 2021年10月
Reda Kerbouche CEECA 2021年10月
W CEECA 2021年11月
Красный CEECA 2021年8月
Nataev CEECA 2022年2月
Justine.toms CEECA 2022年6月
Nina1009 CEECA 2023年4月
BKlen-CEEhub CEECA 2024年5月 non-voting member, CEE Hub
Aotfs2013 ESEAP 2021年8月
Chipmunkdavis ESEAP 2021年8月
Exec8 ESEAP 2021年8月
Kunokuno ESEAP 2021年8月
Alphama ESEAP 2022年10月
22Kartika ESEAP 2022年9月
GhoziSeptiandri ESEAP 2022年9月
Kunirasem ESEAP 2022年9月
taweetham ESEAP 2022年9月
Hedestad LAC 2021年8月
Lilian Viana LAC 2021年8月
Salvador alc LAC 2021年8月
IvomarDos LAC 2023年1月
marsebu LAC 2023年1月
Paulakindsvater LAC 2023年1月
Superzerocool LAC 2023年1月
Onica aguilar LAC 2023年9月
PilarSaenz LAC 2023年9月
Vanett Graneros LAC 2023年9月
Fjmustak MEA (MENA) 2021年8月
NANöR MEA (MENA) 2021年9月
Ibrahim.ID MEA (MENA) 2023年9月
Nehaoua MEA (MENA) 2023年9月
Reda benkhadra MEA (MENA) 2023年9月
Aristidek5maya MEA (SSA) 2021年8月
Azogbonon MEA (SSA) 2021年8月
Aimeabibis MEA (SSA) 2023年9月
capitainAfrika MEA (SSA) 2023年9月
Dnshitobu MEA (SSA) 2023年9月
Gilbert Ndihokubwayo MEA (SSA) 2023年9月
Iwuala Lucy MEA (SSA) 2023年9月
Pellagia Njau MEA (SSA) 2023年9月
Effeietsanders NA 2021年8月
Emjackson42 NA 2021年8月
AbhiSuryawanshi NA 2021年8月
Matthewvetter NA 2021年8月
Redwidgeon NA 2021年8月
Wugapodes NA 2021年8月
Antiqueight NWE 2021年8月
mmo NWE 2021年8月
NickK NWE 2021年8月
Camelia.boban NWE 2022年10月
trondtr NWE 2022年10月
Yger NWE 2022年10月
Josiefraser NWE 2023年10月
Nferranf NWE 2023年3月
Balajijagadesh SA 2021年8月
Mahir256 SA 2021年8月
medhavigandhi SA 2021年8月
Nawaraj Ghimire SA 2021年8月
Tarunno SA 2021年8月
आर्या जोशी SA 2023年12月

Inactive and past committee members

Roles and responsibilities

  • Contribute and provide feedback on the regional budget distribution across regions - how much goes into each regional budget.
  • Review proposals and make decisions on the funding amount grantees receive based on proposal evaluation. Committees are responsible for the decision-making process of the General Support Fund. Some committees, based on their capacity, are also involved in the decision-making of the Rapid Fund program.
  • Support the committee work by sharing knowledge, expertise and regional context with Community Resources and within committees to build needed capacities around resourcing, representation, and power sharing.
Other roles committee members may take:
  • Offer mentorship to grantees and support to newcomers in Wikimedia Foundation Funds.
  • Play a role in conflict resolution.
  • Support the Program Officer in communication with grantees, different movement bodies, and the Wikimedia community. Write Diff posts about projects funded by the committee.
  • Identifying regional opportunities and challenges and aligning them with the funding decisions.
  • Make recommendations about funding practices to the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Recruitment of other RFC members.
Conference Fund Support Committee

For the Conference Fund program, there is a separate committee consisting of different regional representatives. This committee is engaged in the decision-making process for the Conference Funds proposals and provides support to Conference organizers.

Term and tenure

Committee members commit to a minimum two-year service period and a maximum term limit of four years (with an option to extend if there is a shortage of new or experienced committee members). A rolling membership system is implemented to ensure that some experienced people are always on the committee. An additional two-year extension is possible in case continuity is required.

Selection and expertise

New Regional Fund Committee members are co-selected by the existing Regional Fund Committee and the Community Resources Team.

Selection criteria

  • Members of the Wikimedia community
  • Volunteer board members of Wikimedia affiliates. Previous Executive Directors and Board Members of Wikimedia affiliates.
  • Members of mission-aligned organisations, partner institutions (EDU, Culture and Heritage, gender, etc.)
  • Individuals working or having expertise in regions of interest
Not eligible:
  • Anyone receiving compensation as a staff through a Wikimedia affiliate or current General Support Fund, Wikimedia Alliances Fund, or Research Fund grant project. (This excludes grantee partners requesting Rapid Funds, Events and Conference Funds, and Movement Strategy Funds.)
  • Staff connected to projects funded by the Wikimedia Foundation within allied organisations.
  • Anyone receiving compensation for a paid role with the Wikimedia Foundation.

Expertise desired

  • Understanding of Wikimedia programs, in addition to contributions to the online projects.
  • Strong ability to contribute and participate effectively in collaborative decision-making.
  • Effective communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Expertise and insights related to the region of the RFC.
  • Alignment with the values of the 2030 strategic direction and the movement strategy recommendations.
  • Understanding of or willingness to learn about participatory grantmaking.
  • A demonstrated commitment to sharing skills and experience, and helping others grow.
  • Professional and/or volunteer experience and skills related to funds committee review work, such as budget management and application review skills, experience with governance of non-governmental organizations, background in common programmatic areas like culture and heritage, education, etc.
  • Expertise, including lived experience, related to diversity, equity and inclusion to help promote and support knowledge equity, and the increasing of geographic, gender, or age diversity.

Diversity criteria

Committee members understand and value diversity, including cultural, linguistic, and gender differences. We aim to support Regional Committees that represent and serve the needs of many communities in the movement, including those based on gender, language, ethnicity, age, and geography, amongst other characteristics.

Committee Open Calls


Size: The size of the committees varies in different funding regions with 5-10 members as of 2024.

Stakeholder Representation: Regional stakeholders can also be involved in some committees. For example, the CEECA Regional Fund Committee has a non voting representative from the CEE Hub. The committees with Community Resources can involve other stakeholders to ensure inclusion and representation.

Deliberations and decision-making

Frequency of deliberations or meetings

Committees communicate through online meetings, mailing lists, and Telegram groups. Some regional committee mailing lists also accept external communication. The work of the committee will vary from month to month. At the beginning, time for training will be required as well as during application review in the two rounds per year. Other moments would require less time focused on communication and mentorship.

Working language

Working language varies across regions. For example, the working language for the North American Committee is English, the Latin American and Caribbean committee works in Spanish, Portuguese, and French with interpretation and translation services, and the ESEAP Committee works in English, Mandarin, Japanese, and Indonesian. If the submitted application is in another language, committees can receive translation support.

Format of review and deliberations

For more details about the review process and review framework used, see: How are General Support Fund proposals reviewed for Wikimedia Community Fund?

Quorum and consensus

Committees use the gradients of the agreement scale for consensus building towards making inclusive funding decisions. Some committees use the 1-2-4-All approach for proposals reviews and deliberations. This means that there are 3-4 stages that an application undergoes that includes proposal review and deliberations. During the deliberations, Program Officers act as facilitators and provide Committees with requested additional information.

Program Officer's role

The Regional Program Officer from the Community Resources team support in administration, documentation, facilitation, coordination, communication, and serves in an advisory role.

Policies and transparency

Committee members are committed to the following policies and principles to support constructive dialogue with applicants and grantees:

Committee decisions and recommendations are published on grant talk pages. After every funding round, Committees have a meeting with their Program Officer to evaluate the completed work and identify areas of improvement.

Inactivity in the committee or not following the eligibility criteria and behavioral expectations can result in removal from the committee.

Committee surveys and feedback

Support and resources

  • Stipend: The regional committee members may receive a stipend of $100 every 2 months to offset costs of participation. Stipends can be used to pay for childcare, internet, transportation and other costs that make volunteering possible
  • Skill development opportunities: Training is provided to the committee members to support DEI, review, discussion, and decision-making. Committee members have access to skill building opportunities, including training on topics such as conflict transformation and nonviolent communication. Through their work on the tasks, members also learn by doing.


See also