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Conference and Event Fund


Groups, individuals, Wikimedia affiliates or organisations that are looking to bring together Wikimedians


Local, regional and thematic conferences focused on sharing, skill-building, and networking


3 months processing time, 2 rounds in a year

How much?

Starting from 10,000 USD

How to apply

  1. Läs om fonden och hur man planerar ett evenemang nedan.
  2. eKontakta CR Glossary|PO till conferencegrants(_AT_) för att diskutera tidslinjer och processen. De kommer att hjälpa dig att förstå vilken omgång du ska ansöka till, och stödja dig i processen. Ett bra tillfälle att ta kontakt är två månader före start av stipendiet.
  3. Go to Wikimedia Foundation Grantee Portal (Fluxx) and log in.
    • If you do not have an account, click Register Now and provide the requested information. You will receive confirmation of your registration within one working day.
  4. Select the Apply for Conference and Event Fund button on the main page. Click Save and Continue or Save and Close to save the application.
  5. Följ instruktionerna på ansökningsformuläret. Du kommer att behöva informera om ditt evenemang och ladda upp några dokument.
  6. Click Submit to submit the application for review.
  • Vi tar emot ansökningar på alla språk. Vid behov kommer vi att ge stöd åt översättning av ansökningar och diskussioner.
  • Ansökningar kommer att publiceras på Meta-Wiki automatiskt inom två dagar. Detta görs för att communityn ska kunna göra en översyn och ge feedback.
  • Du kan förbereda ansökan offline. Gör en kopia av ansökningsformuläret, svara på frågorna och kopiera texten till Fluxx.
Conference & Event Fund Application Form (Google Docs)

What we fund

The Conference and Event Fund gives funding and planning support to organise local or regional conferences. These events bring Wikimedians together for experience sharing, skill-building, and networking.

Vi prioriterar förslag som:

Note: For grants under 5,000 USD, please see the Rapid Fund program.

Event categories and dates

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

Eligibility requirements

This fund is for you if you:

  • Are a group or organisation with no outstanding reports. You and the fiscal sponsor should be in compliance with our funding and Wikimedia Foundation agreements.
  • Have an organisation or shared bank account. Groups with no shared bank account and individuals will need to have a fiscal sponsor.
  • Received Wikimedia Foundation Funds before. If you did not receive funding over 5,000 USD before, contact conferencegrants(_AT_) to discuss.
  • Are applying to organise a future, planned event or conference.
  • Are a Wikimedia affiliate who wants to organise an international or regional conference. Examples are GLAMWiki conference, Wikisource Conference, WikiIndaba, CEE Meeting.
You are not eligible for funding if:
  • You are from a country that cannot legally receive funding for the described activities and expenses, based on laws on sending and receiving funds in the United States and their country.
  • The project includes lobbying activities, as per United States Internal Revenue Service definitions.
  • You are listed on the United States Department of Treasury Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons List (SDN).
  • You do not provide all information and documents needed to receive the funding from Wikimedia Foundation.

We take all applicants through a due diligence process. This means you need to be in ethical good-standing, (e.g. Wikimedia behaviour, social behaviour, financial behaviour, legal behaviour, etc.).

Youth Safety

Youth Safety Policy must be in place for any activity that involves underage community members.

  • If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, it also outlines compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provides documentation of the local laws in the annex.
  • The proposal demonstrates how they will ensure the safe engagement of young people in all of the project’s activities.
  • The proposal demonstrates that any adults who will be working in close contact with young people have been properly vetted and trained.
  • The proposal outlines an action protocol in the case that incidents occur relating to the physical and psychological safety of young people.

Review and application process

Proposals are reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Community engagement
    • How do you aim to engage your community in the planning process?
  • Impact potential
    • Is there a demonstrated need for the event?
    • Are goals and intended outcomes clearly articulated, high priority, and reasonably achievable?
    • Is there a plan for follow up after the event?
  • Ability to execute
    • Are there enough community members with the time and ability to plan and execute the event?

After submission, the application will be processed with the following steps:

  • Committee review and feedback of proposals (14 days)
  • Applicants make adjustments to their proposal where needed. Should the applicant need it, they can schedule phone calls with the program officer or committee members. (14 days)
  • Funding decision is posted within 4 weeks of submission.
  • After approval, monthly check-in calls will be scheduled with the Program Officer.


Round 2 (Deadline: 5 februari 2024)
Round 2

5 februari 2024

Submission deadline

6 februari - 26 februari

Staff and compliance review
Community review

26 februari - 4 mars

Receiving and engaging with feedback

4 mars - 18 mars

Committee review

29 mars 2024

Decision announced

juni - december 2024

Event dates

Round 1 (Deadline: 2 september 2024)
Round 1

2 september 2024

Submission deadline

2 september - 23 september

Staff and compliance review
Community review

23 september - 30 september

Receiving and engaging with feedback

30 september - 14 oktober

Committee review

28 oktober 2024

Decision announced

januari - juni 2025

Event dates

Round 2 (Deadline: 3 februari 2025)
Round 2

3 februari 2025

Submission deadline

3 februari - 24 februari

Staff and compliance review
Community review

24 februari - 3 mars

Receiving and engaging with feedback

3 mars - 17 mars

Committee review

28 mars 2025

Decision announced

juni - december 2025

Event dates

Full timeline
Conference Fund

Round 2 (2023-2024)

  • Submission deadline: 5 februari 2024
  • Eligibility check: 5 februari - 26 februari 2024
  • Staff review and feedback: 5 februari - 26 februari 2024
  • Community review: 5 februari - 26 februari 2024
  • Engaging with feedback: 26 februari - 4 mars 2024
  • Committee review: 4 mars - 18 mars 2024
  • Decisions announced: 29 mars 2024
  • Event dates: juni - december 2024
Conference Fund

Round 1 (2024-2025)

  • Submission deadline: 2 september 2024
  • Eligibility check: 2 september - 23 september 2024
  • Staff review and feedback: 2 september - 23 september 2024
  • Community review: 4 september - 23 september 2024
  • Engaging with feedback: 23 september - 30 september 2024
  • Committee review: 30 september - 14 oktober 2024
  • Decisions announced: 28 oktober 2024
  • Event dates: januari - juni 2025
Conference Fund

Round 2 (2024-2025)

  • Submission deadline: 3 februari 2025
  • Eligibility check: 3 februari - 24 februari 2025
  • Staff review and feedback: 3 februari - 24 februari 2025
  • Community review: 3 februari - 24 februari 2025
  • Engaging with feedback: 24 februari - 3 mars 2025
  • Committee review: 3 mars - 17 mars 2025
  • Decisions announced: 28 mars 2025
  • Event dates: juni - december 2025

Plan a conference or event

These are the best practices for creating a successful conference grant proposal. Find all resources on the Events Portal in the Events Team Portal - Community space section.

Step 1: Send out community engagement survey
The Community Engagement survey is used to show the importance of this event for your community. It will help to show the topics your community finds important.
  1. Open the community engagement survey template and make a copy. This is a master file, please do not edit but make a Copy.
  2. Do not remove any questions. You are welcome to add more questions. You can also translate the survey.
  3. Send the survey out to people of interest in your community. Set a deadline for survey responses and send out reminders.
  4. You will add the results in the application form.

Important note: The community engagement survey is required.

Step 2: Learn from similar events and best practices
The Wikimedia community is a resource of knowledge! Make sure you review applications and reports from similar events. Here are some things to consider.

Partnerships & scholarships:

  • Active and experienced editors and volunteers should be engaged in the group. These are also the best participants for travel scholarships.
  • Conferences can be an expensive and ineffective way to do outreach.
  • Consider offering partial scholarships. Or asking applicants how much funding they need to attend the event.

Location & Timing:

  • Välj en central plats för deltagarna. Det kommer att minska resekostnaderna och göra det möjligt för dig att ge fler resebidrag till de som behöver dem.
  • Begränsa konferens- och arbetsgruppens möten till två eller tre dagar.
  • Begränsa sightseeingresor till kvällstid, efter att konferensprogrammet är avslutat.
Steg 3: Planera din budget
Venue & Materials:
  • Det kan vara fördelaktigt att samarbeta med likasinnade institut som har gratis eller rabatterade utrymmen.
  • Om en plats har några stycken, ange skäl till varför du har valt den. Är det billigt, centralt beläget?
  • Limit merchandise to low-cost items like stickers.
  • Håll tryckta banners och skyltar tillräckligt generella för att kunna återanvändas vid senare evenemang.

Resor och måltider:

  • Stipendier kan omfatta tur- och returresa, gemensamt boende, registrering till konferensen och avgifter för visum.
  • Finansiering av mat bör begränsas till luncher under konferensen. Kaffepauser och en gruppmiddag kan också inkluderas.

Planering och support av evenemang: Du kan begära finansiering för att betala följande:

  • Avgifter till resebyråer
  • Administrative support, eg. processing visa application letters and reimbursements.
  • Paid facilitators or trainers. Do discuss this with your program officer early in the application process.
  • Planning costs, eg. meeting space and local transportation.
  • Up to 10% unforeseen expenses can be included in the request.

Alternate sources of funding:

  • In-kind donations can open doors to interesting partner organisations. These donations include goods and services rather than money, eg. free use of venues, reduced costs for meals or services.
  • Get in touch with organisations who support your work in the region, they may be valuable partners.
Step 4: Gather a strong organising team
Understanding the size of your conference will help you decide the number of volunteers necessary. The roles below can act as a guide. Additional roles can be added. Conference experience is not necessary, but can assist with momentum in planning.

Grant coordinators act as your main contact for grant support.

  • Ensure plans are on track, and provide updates grant program officers from the team.
  • Tracks the budget and collects expense documentation.

The logistics team coordinates research and confirmation of event details.

  • Including event venue, timelines, official documentation, contracts, with experience of negotiating vendors.

The conference program team coordinates the planning survey, proposal, and develops the program.

  • Collects documentation of outcomes and action items from each session.

Communications team keeps the event page updated and coordinate community engagement.

The scholarship committee manages the scholarship application process. They send a list of selected recipients to the program officer before notifying recipients.

Volunteer coordinator checks in on volunteers and keeps notes on all sessions.

Skicka in rapport

If your Conference and Event Fund is approved, you will need to send a report. Send the report within 60 days after you complete the project.

  1. Go to Wikimedia Foundation Grantee Portal (Fluxx) and log in.
  2. Find the Reports section on the left sidebar. Select the Upcoming link and you will see all upcoming reports.
  3. Select the report and click Edit. Answer the questions in the form. You can write it in any preferred language.
  4. When your report is complete, click Submit to send it for review.
  • Du kan förbereda rapporten offline. Skapa en kopia av rapportformuläret, svara på frågorna och kopiera texten till Fluxx.
Conference & Event Fund Final Report Form (Google Docs)


Lead Program Officer for Conference & Events Funds
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
Timezone: GMT-5
Language(s) spoken: hebreiska, engelska

We can not do this work without our community committee!


Photos from funded events