Grants:Conference

Conference & Event Grants

Program Updates

Follow along with weekly program updates from the Wikimedia Foundation conference grants team!

Event categories and dates


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 and Regional affiliate meetings such as WikiArabia, CEE Meeting and Wiki Indaba
  • Growth events which focus on new innovative ideas and events focusing on movement growth.

You can read more about each category here.

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 support implementation of the new Wikimedia 2030 Strategy recommendations.
  • That consider partnering with affiliates and creating regional/thematic/growth 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.

Remote events - remember that you can always consider applying for a virtual event grant instead of an in-person one. Please also read our new requirements, guidelines and tips for organizing remote events.

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

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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 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 2020-2021 schedule

Proposal deadline: 28 September 2020

Staff eligibility review and feedback (including Community review): 28 September-16 October

Proposal revision deadline: 23 October 2020

Committee review: 23 October - 6 November 2020

Grantees announced: 20 November 2020

Event dates: January - June 2021

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Round 2 2020-2021 schedule

TBD

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Conference Grants Program Officers

 
Chen Almog (Senior Program Officer, Regional Events)
 
Rachel Farrand (Senior Program Officer, Thematic & Growth Events)



Talk to use directly by emailing: conferencegrants@wikimedia.org

We can not do this work without our community committee!


Photos from past events