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Conference & Events grant program update

Please note that starting September 9, 2019 all recent temporary restrictions for Conference & Events grants has been lifted, and all grant proposals will be welcomed and considered.

However, as aligned with the Wikimedia Movement’s strategic direction, striving to be a robust and Thriving movement, we will highly welcome and prioritize proposals:

  • From emerging and underrepresented communities from all parts of the world, that demonstrate growth and capacity building as core goals and outcomes.
  • That consider partnering with affiliates and creating regional/thematic coalitions within the movement, to align agendas, enhance equity and to invest in movement leadership infrastructure, for a greater strategic impact.
  • That include an outreach component by partnering with open knowledge allies, to expand our global footprint.
  • That welcome and empower new participants and contributors in the Wikimedia movement, that will include a clear and scalable newcomers engagement plan.


For detailed information please review the Wikimedia Foundation Conference and Event Grants Eligibility criteria, and the Wikimedia Foundation’s Medium-term plan goals.




The conference grant proposal process is designed to support advance planning and collaboration so that movement events make the most of the time and money invested in them.

Funding is generally awarded to three broad categories of movement events:

  • Thematic events such as GLAM Bootcamp, WikiWomen's Camp and Wiki Loves Monuments International team strategy meeting
  • National and regional conferences like WikiConference India, WikiConference North America
  • Regional affiliate meetings such as WikiArabia, CEE Meeting and Wiki Indaba

Important information:

  • For grants under $2,000 USD, please see the Rapid Grants program
  • Grant requests are accepted 2 times per year following the schedule below
  • Contact us at conferencegrants(_AT_)wikimedia.org as soon as you begin planning an event to discuss timelines and eligibility. It is important to inform the conference grant program officer of your plans to apply at least two months before the application cycle begins.

Round 1 2019-2020 schedule

Proposal deadline: 9 September 2019

Staff eligibility review and feedback: 9 - 20 September 2019

Proposal revision deadline: 27 September 2019

Committee review: 1 - 14 October 2019

Grantees announced: 29 October 2019

Event dates: February - July 2020

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Round 2 2019-2020 Schedule

Proposal deadline: 2 February 2020

Staff eligibility review and feedback: 3-14 February 2020

Proposal revision deadline: 21 February 2020

Committee review: 24 February - 6 March 2020

Grantees announced: 20 March 2020

Event dates: August 2020 - January 2021

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