Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund

Wikimedia Community Fund

Who we fundEdit

The Wikimedia Foundation provides support to individuals, groups, organizations and affiliates around the world that are actively working on promoting knowledge equity aligned with the strategic direction of the Wikimedia movement.

We will increase investment of resources in underrepresented Wikimedia communities around the world.

Questions? Please contact us.

What we fund and funding programsEdit

The Wikimedia Community Fund broadly supports volunteer efforts in the movement, especially those that promote knowledge equity. We emphasize the need for underrepresented communities and historically marginalized communities in the movement to have access to resources they need to accomplish their goals.

The Wikimedia Community Fund has three general areas of support:

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Rapid Fund
Short-term, low-cost projects by individuals, groups, or organizations contributing to Wikimedia projects. This program is comparable to the previous Rapid Grants program.

45 days processing time; average funding amount: 500 - 5,000 USD

Please note, you can also request swag from Wikipedia Store. Please review the Requesting swag page for more details.
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Conference & Event Fund
Funding and planning support to groups, individuals or organizations to organize local, regional, and thematic conferences that bring together Wikimedians for experience sharing, skill building, and networking. This program is comparable to the previous Conference & Events Grant program.

2 months processing time; average funding amount: 10,000 - 90,000 USD
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General Support Fund
Flexible general operating support for individuals, groups, or affiliates that have developed larger projects or programs or a strategic plan that requires sustained investment over time to be able to achieve its goals. Multi-year grant funding is available if appropriate to the goals and objectives of the applicant. This program is comparable to the previous Simple Annual Plan Grant, Annual Plan Grant, and Project Grant programs.

2 months processing time; average funding amount: 10,000 - 300,000 USD

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Forms and ResourcesEdit

For further information, see Knowledge Sharing.

Eligibility criteriaEdit

The following are basic criteria that must be met by all Wikimedia Community Fund applicants in order for a proposal to be reviewed:

Youth SafetyEdit

  • 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.

Some examples of what we fundEdit

  • Individuals coordinating local events related to a global campaign in their community.
  • Cultural and heritage projects that support contribution of content, curation of the content and promote accessibility of that content.
  • Strategic and annual plans from Wikimedia Movement Affiliates
  • Local, regional, and thematic conferences that bring together Wikimedians
  • Common expenses supported through previous grant programs such as (but not limited to):
    • Working space, services, prizes, outreach, and other common costs needed to support edit-a-thons, contests, photowalks, and promotional campaigns.
    • Data costs to support access to online events
    • Travel for organizers and participation
  • Compensation for well-defined roles that do not replace volunteer activities, including (but not limited to) graphic design, training, childcare services, translation, project management, and Wikimedian-in-Residence roles.

Regional Committees will have flexibility to fund projects and expenses that applicants identify based on their specific context and situational needs, and may support additional requests not described here.

How we fundEdit

The Foundation Program Officers and the participatory committees work together to be strategic thought partners with applicants. The funding decisions are based on eligibility and committee deliberation.

The principles that are foundational and underline the grants strategy are based directly on the Movement Strategy Principles:

  • Subsidiarity & Self Management
  • Equity & Empowerment
  • Collaboration & Cooperation
  • People Centeredness - listening and reflection
  • Efficient Data & Iterative Practices - promoting innovation and learning

See also: How are General Support Fund proposals reviewed for Wikimedia Community Fund?

Application processEdit

We encourage all applicants to reach out to their Regional Program Officer as they are developing their proposal and before submitting a final application. This is especially recommended for first time applicants. We want to ensure everyone understands and is supported throughout the process.

  • Preparation by Regional Program Officer, including proactive communication and outreach about Funding Programs
  • Open Call for Funds, including office hours and program officer support for proposal development
  • Review of proposals, including eligibility check, due diligence, community review, committee review and deliberation
  • Decision

Timeline and award amountsEdit

Rapid FundEdit

For further information, see Rapid Fund.
  • 45 days processing time from application to decision
  • Average grant size 500-5,000 USD
  • If your grant proposal falls below or exceeds please contact us for support.

Conference & Event FundEdit

  • 2 month processing time from application to decision
  • A Conference Grant amount can range between 10,000 - 90,000 USD, average grant size
Proposed open call period for applications
Region Round 1 Round 2
All regions September - November February - March

General Support FundEdit

  • 2 month processing time from application to decision
  • Average annual grant size varies on application proposal 10,000 - 300,000 USD
  • Multiyear funding optionally available for 2- to 3-year grant period. A multiyear strategic plan is required for multiyear funding requests.
2022-23 Fiscal Year timelineEdit
Region Round Application Due Announcement
Middle East and Africa 1 Friday September 9, 2022 Thursday November 10, 2022
2 Friday March 10, 2023 Thursday May 11, 2023
CEE and Central Asia Community + Alliances Fund 1 Friday September 9, 2022 Thursday November 10, 2022
2 Friday March 10, 2023 Thursday May 11, 2023
United States and Canada Community + Alliances Fund 1 Thursday September 8, 2022 Thursday November 10, 2022
2 Friday March 10, 2023 Thursday May 11, 2023
Latin America and The Caribbean Community + Alliances Fund 1 Thursday September 29, 2022 Thursday December 8, 2022
2 Thursday March 2, 2023 Thursday May 18, 2023
Northern and Western Europe Community + Alliances Fund 1 Thursday September 29, 2022 Thursday December 8, 2022
2 Thursday March 2, 2023 Thursday May 4, 2023
ESEAP (East Asia & Pacific) Community + Alliances Fund 1 Thursday September 29, 2022 Thursday December 8, 2022
2 Thursday March 16, 2023 Thursday May 18, 2023
South Asia Community + Alliances Fund 1 Thursday September 29, 2022 Thursday December 8, 2022
2 Thursday March 16, 2023 Thursday May 18, 2023
2021-22 Fiscal Year timeline (Round 2)Edit
2021-22 - Group A (Round 2)

Applicants from the following funding regions: CEE and Central Asia, USA and Canada, Middle East and Africa. (Wikimedia Community Fund and Alliances Fund)

Activity Dates for group A, round 2 Estimated time
Program Officer working with grantees to prepare their application February 1 - March 4, 2022 One month
Applicants working on final submission of application March 4 - 17, 2022 Two weeks
Final Submission Deadline March 18, 2022
Committee Review, Staff Review, Community Review March 21 - April 11, 2022 Two weeks
Applicants Engaging with Committee Feedback April 11 - 28, 2022 Three weeks (accounting for holiday)
Proposal adjustment if needed April 11 - 28, 2022 Three weeks (accounting for holiday)
Final review and decision May 18, 2022
Appeal process if needed (TBD)
2021-22 - Group B (Round 2)

Applicants from the following funding regions: Northern & Western Europe, Latin America and The Caribbean, South Asia and ESEAP. (Wikimedia Community Fund and Alliances Fund)

Activity Dates for group B, round 2 Estimated time
Program Officer working with grantees to prepare their application February 28 - March 31, 2022 One month
Applicants working on final submission of application April 1-14, 2022 Two weeks
Final Submission Deadline April 14, 2022
Committee Review, Staff Review, Community Review April 16 - May 1, 2022 Two weeks
Applicants Engaging with Committee feedback May 2-13, 2022 Two weeks
Proposal adjustment if needed May 2-13, 2022 Two weeks
Final decision May 29, 2022
Appeal process if needed (TBD)

Applicants should email your Regional Program Officer if the schedule conflicts with your own timeline for proposal development and submission, and we will work with you individually to accommodate your needs.

Contact usEdit

Rapid FundEdit

If you have any questions about the Rapid Fund, please reach out to your Regional Program Officer via email:

Region Email address
Middle East and Africa mea_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
South Asia sa_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP) eseap_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean lac_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
United States and Canada usca_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Northern and Western Europe nwe_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Central Asia ceeca_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org

Please note, you can also request swag from Wikipedia Store. Please review the Requesting swag page for more details.

General Support FundEdit

If you have any questions about the General Support Fund, please reach out to your Regional Program Officer via email:

Region Email address
Middle East and Africa mea_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
South Asia sa_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP) eseap_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean lac_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
United States and Canada usca_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Northern and Western Europe nwe_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Central Asia ceeca_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org

Conference FundEdit

If you have any questions about the Conference Fund for all funding regions, please reach out to the Program Officer via email: conferencegrants(_AT_)wikimedia.org