Grants:Förderprogramme/Gemeinschaftsfonds von Wikimedia

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Allgemeiner Unterstützungsfonds

Who?

Individuals, groups, Wikimedia affiliates or organisations from Wikimedia movement

What?

For annual or strategic plans that require sustained support and for larger projects and programs.

When?

4 months processing time, 2 rounds in a year

How much?

On average 10,000 - 300,000 USD of unrestricted funding[1]



2023-24 round 2 submissions closed. 2024-25 round 1 info coming soon.

How to apply

  1. Read about what we fund and who can apply below.
  2. Required step: Contact the Regional Program Officer as you start to think about your application. They will help to understand what round to apply for and will support you in the process.
  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 General Support Fund button on the main page. Click Save and Continue or Save and Close to save the application.
  5. Follow the instructions on the application form. Click Submit to submit the application for review.

  • We accept applications in any language. We will support translation for applications and discussions as needed.
  • Applications will be published to Meta-Wiki automatically within two days. This is done for community review and feedback.
  • You can prepare the application offline. Make a copy of the application form, answer the questions and copy the text to Fluxx.
 
General Support Fund Application Form (Google Docs)
 
General Support Fund Budget Template (Google Sheets)

What we fund

Examples of projects we fund as part of annual plan
  • Education projects
  • Kultur- und Kulturerbeprojekte, die den Beitrag von Inhalten, die Kuration der Inhalte und die Förderung der Zugänglichkeit dieser Inhalte unterstützen.
  • Gender and diversity projects
  • Community support and engagement projects
  • Coordination of global campaigns.
  • Public policy advocacy projects that aim to influence legal and regulatory environments (at the national, regional or international level) in order to protect the people, model and the values of the free knowledge movement. These projects could target national legislation, trade agreements, human rights frameworks, and any other regulations and norms set by governments and lawmakers.
Examples of expenses we support
  • Arbeitsräume, Dienstleistungen, Preise, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und andere allgemeine Kosten, die zur Unterstützung von Edit-a-thons, Wettbewerben, Fotowalks und Werbekampagnen erforderlich sind.
  • Datenkosten zur Unterstützung des Zugangs zu Online-Veranstaltungen
  • Entschädigung für klar definierte Aufgaben, die keine Freiwilligentätigkeit ersetzen, einschließlich (aber nicht beschränkt auf) Grafikdesign, Schulungen, Kinderbetreuung, Übersetzung, Projektmanagement und Wikimedian-in-Residence-Aufgaben.
  • Learning or training expenses - costs related to learning or training for community members or affiliate staff.
  • Reisen für Veranstalter/innen und Teilnahme
Examples of funded applications
Examples of proposals we do not fund
  • Proposals that fit certain criteria are not eligible for review in the Wikimedia Community Fund:
    • Proposals that are primarily focused on research activities should be submitted to the Wikimedia Research Fund.
    • Proposals that are primarily focused on large-scale software development are not eligible for review. Smaller-scale software development projects may be eligible for review in the Rapid Fund pending review from Community Resources and Technology department staff.

Regionale Ausschüsse haben Flexibilität bei der Finanzierung von Projekten und Kosten, die für Antragsteller/innen auf der Grundlage ihres spezifischen Kontexts und ihrer Bedürfnisse der jeweiligen Situation anfallen, und können zusätzliche Anfragen unterstützen, die hier nicht beschrieben sind.

Auswahlkriterien

Any General Support Fund applicant must be in contact with their Program Officer at least one month before the deadline for application. If you have not had a conversation with your Program Officer about applying for General Support Funding, you will need to apply in the subsequent rounds of funding.

Die folgenden grundlegenden Kriterien müssen von allen Antragstellern/innen des Gemeinschaftsfonds von Wikimedia erfüllt werden, damit ein Vorschlag überprüft werden kann:

  • Proposed programs and activities are aligned with the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Arbeiten und Beiträge müssen unter ethischen Open-Access-Vereinbarungen veröffentlicht werden können
  • Anträge müssen für zukünftig geplante Arbeiten sein
  • Applicants that are organisations must be designated as a Wikimedia affiliate, or must be an organisation with a demonstrable history and primary focus related to the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation, such as improving Wikimedia projects and supporting its volunteer contributors.
Behavioral and legal requirements
  • Der Antragsteller / Die Antragstellerin muss den Richtlinien des Universellen Verhaltenskodex und den Richtlinien zur Gewährleistung eines freundlichen Umfelds zustimmen
  • Die Antragsteller/innen müssen alle Anforderungen erfüllen und für alle aktuellen Aktivitäten, die durch die Wikimedia Foundation finanziert werden, gut qualifiziert sein.
  • Der Antragsteller / Die Antragstellerin befindet sich in einem Land, das auf der Grundlage von Gesetzen zum Senden und Empfangen von Geldern in die / aus den Vereinigten Staaten und in/aus ihrem Land legal Fördermittel für die beschriebenen Aktivitäten und Kosten erhalten kann.
  • Applicant does not appear on the United States Department of Treasury Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons List (SDN)
  • Applicants receiving funding must not be Wikimedia Foundation staff members or contractors working more than part time (more than 20 hours per week).
  • Applicant must provide all information and documents needed to receive the funding from Wikimedia Foundation.
Eligibility for other funding programs

General Support Fund recipients are eligible to apply for some other Wikimedia Foundation funding programs:

General Support Fund recipients are not eligible to apply for:

If additional funding is needed, please contact your regional program officer to discuss the need for budgetary adjustments and other funding opportunities.
Youth Safety

Für alle Aktivitäten, die minderjährige Mitglieder der Gemeinschaft betreffen, muss eine Richtlinie zur Sicherheit von Kindern und Jugendlichen gelten.

  • 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.

Antragsverfahren

Für weitere Informationen siehe Application and review process.
 
Current Wikimedia fund regions:      Middle East & North Africa      Subsahara-Afrika      Südasien      East, Southeast Asia, & Pacific      Latin America & Caribbean      Nordamerika      Northern & Western Europe      Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Die Programmbeauftragten der Foundation und die partizipativen Ausschüsse arbeiten zusammen, um Antragstellern/innen mit strategischem Wissen zur Seite zu stehen. Die Förderentscheidungen basieren auf der Eignung des Antragstellers / der Antragstellerin und den Ergebnissen der Beratung des Ausschusses.

Here's the summary of the application and review process:

  • Applicant submission: Applicants submit their proposal.
  • Due diligence: Program Officers and Grant Administrators organise the proposals and supporting documents for committee review.
  • Regional Fund Committee review: Committee members review the proposals and supporting documents individually based on a series of criteria and questions.
  • Initial feedback: Committees may publish questions to clarify any aspects of the proposal. Community members may also be posting comments, questions or feedback that applicants should respond to.
  • Structured feedback from Regional Committee: The whole committee meets to discuss each project to consolidate a unified feedback document that will be sent to applicants.
  • Staff feedback shared with committee: Program Officers share their review of each proposal with Committee members.
  • Committee/Applicant meetings: In certain cases, committee members may request a live session with the applicants to discuss this feedback and ask questions. Program Officers may also organise these spaces to provide applicants with support to review this feedback.
  • Applicant responses and revisions: Applicants have a set time to make necessary adjustments or clarifications.
  • Deliberations: Committee members hold a second round of formal deliberation sessions to make their final decisions on the funding. In this stage they take into consideration all the recommendations and adjustments, as well as the overall budget for the region.
  • Committee funding decision and remarks: Applicants are informed of the funding decision via email, Fluxx and Meta-Wiki. If approved, grant administration process begins.

Multi-year funding process

Multi-year grant funding is available for returning applicants if appropriate to the goals and objectives of the applicant for a 2- to 3-year grant period and if approved by the Regional Funds Committee. For multi-year applications, the Regional Funds Committee will evaluate potential increases for years 2 and 3 on a case-by-case basis once the budgets for the upcoming fiscal years are known.

Renewal process

Details about renewal process and other upcoming changes are published at: Wikimedia Community Fund/Proposed changes to General Support Fund in 2023-24.

Zeitplan

General Support timeline is different based on the applicant's funding region. See below for the regional calendar. If you don't know your funding region, look for it at find your region page.

Round 1 (2024-25)

Subsahara-Afrika · Middle East & North Africa

11. August – 8. September 2024

Applicant support and eligibility check

12. August 2024

Renewal deadline

8. September 2024

Submission deadline

11. September – 16. Oktober 2024

Review and translation

16. Oktober – 4. November 2024

Review feedback and applicant engagement

15. November 2024

Decision announced

22. November – 12. Dezember 2024

Agreement and first payment

1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025

Midpoint conversation

30. Januar 2026 / 31. März 2026

Final or first year report due

East, Southeast Asia, & Pacific · Südasien

9. August – 9. September 2024

Applicant support and eligibility check

9. September 2024

Renewal deadline

9. September 2024

Submission deadline

9. September – 31. Oktober 2024

Review and translation

31. Oktober – 15. November 2024

Review feedback and applicant engagement

29. November 2024

Decision announced

13. Dezember 2024 – 17. Januar 2025

Agreement and first payment

1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025

Midpoint conversation

30. Januar 2026 / 31. März 2026

Final or first year report due

Latin America & Caribbean

2. September – 30. September 2024

Applicant support and eligibility check

9. September 2024

Renewal deadline

30. September 2024

Submission deadline

30. September – 24. Oktober 2024

Review and translation

31. Oktober – 15. November 2024

Review feedback and applicant engagement

29. November 2024

Decision announced

16. Dezember 2024 – 17. Januar 2025

Agreement and first payment

1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025

Midpoint conversation

30. Januar 2026 / 31. März 2026

Final or first year report due

Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Nordamerika

2. September – 30. September 2024

Applicant support and eligibility check

2. September 2024

Renewal deadline

30. September 2024

Submission deadline

30. September – 24. Oktober 2024

Review and translation

24. Oktober – 15. November 2024

Review feedback and applicant engagement

29. November 2024

Decision announced

16. Dezember 2024 – 17. Januar 2025

Agreement and first payment

1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025

Midpoint conversation

30. Januar 2026 / 31. März 2026

Final or first year report due

Northern & Western Europe

2. September – 30. September 2024

Applicant support and eligibility check

2. September 2024

Renewal deadline

30. September 2024

Submission deadline

30. September – 24. Oktober 2024

Review and translation

31. Oktober – 15. November 2024

Review feedback and applicant engagement

29. November 2024

Decision announced

16. Dezember 2024 – 17. Januar 2025

Agreement and first payment

1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025

Midpoint conversation

30. Januar 2026 / 31. März 2026

Final or first year report due

Full timeline for all regions
SSA MENA SA ESEAP LATAM CEECA NA NWE
Renewals deadline 12. August 2024 12. August 2024 9. September 2024 9. September 2024 9. September 2024 2. September 2024 2. September 2024 2. September 2024
Applicant proposal support starts 11. August 2024 11. August 2024 9. August 2024 9. August 2024 2. September 2024 2. September 2024 2. September 2024 2. September 2024
Eligibility check 11. August – 8. September 2024 11. August – 8. September 2024 9. August – 9. September 2024 9. August – 9. September 2024 2. September – 30. September 2024 2. September – 30. September 2024 2. September – 30. September 2024 2. September – 30. September 2024
Submission deadline 8. September 2024 8. September 2024 9. September 2024 9. September 2024 30. September 2024 30. September 2024 30. September 2024 30. September 2024
Application translation support 11. September – 18. September 2024 11. September – 18. September 2024 9. September – 23. September 2024 9. September – 23. September 2024 30. September – 6. Oktober 2024 30. September – 6. Oktober 2024 30. September – 6. Oktober 2024 30. September – 6. Oktober 2024
Review starts 20. September 2024 20. September 2024 23. September 2024 23. September 2024 7. Oktober 2024 7. Oktober 2024 7. Oktober 2024 7. Oktober 2024
Feedback received 16. Oktober 2024 16. Oktober 2024 31. Oktober 2024 31. Oktober 2024 24. Oktober 2024 24. Oktober 2024 24. Oktober 2024 24. Oktober 2024
Engaging with feedback 16. Oktober – 4. November 2024 16. Oktober – 4. November 2024 31. Oktober – 15. November 2024 31. Oktober – 15. November 2024 31. Oktober – 15. November 2024 31. Oktober – 15. November 2024 31. Oktober – 15. November 2024 31. Oktober – 15. November 2024
Decision announced 15. November 2024 15. November 2024 29. November 2024 29. November 2024 29. November 2024 29. November 2024 29. November 2024 29. November 2024
Agreement signed 22. November 2024 22. November 2024 13. Dezember 2024 13. Dezember 2024 16. Dezember 2024 16. Dezember 2024 16. Dezember 2024 16. Dezember 2024
First payment sent 29. November – 12. Dezember 2024 29. November – 12. Dezember 2024 16. Dezember 2024 – 17. Januar 2025 16. Dezember 2024 – 17. Januar 2025 16. Dezember 2024 – 17. Januar 2025 16. Dezember 2024 – 17. Januar 2025 16. Dezember 2024 – 17. Januar 2025 16. Dezember 2024 – 17. Januar 2025
Midpoint learning conversation 1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025 1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025 1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025 1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025 1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025 1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025 1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025 1. Juli – 31. Juli 2025
Final report due 30. Januar 2026 30. Januar 2026 30. Januar 2026 30. Januar 2026 30. Januar 2026 30. Januar 2026 30. Januar 2026 30. Januar 2026
Yearly report due for multi-year funds 31. März 2026 31. März 2026 31. März 2026 31. März 2026 31. März 2026 31. März 2026 31. März 2026 31. März 2026

Round 2 (2024-25)

Subsahara-Afrika · Middle East & North Africa

10. Februar – 1. März 2025

Applicant support and eligibility check

10. Februar 2025

Renewal deadline

1. März 2025

Submission deadline

3. März – 11. April 2025

Review and translation

11. April – 1. Mai 2025

Review feedback and applicant engagement

16. Mai 2025

Decision announced

20. Mai – 25. Juni 2025

Agreement and first payment

15. Januar 2026

Midpoint conversation

31. Juli 2026 / 15. August 2026

Final or first year report due

East, Southeast Asia, & Pacific · Südasien

14. Februar – 13. März 2025

Applicant support and eligibility check

14. März 2025

Renewal deadline

13. März 2025

Submission deadline

13. März – 21. April 2025

Review and translation

21. April – 5. Mai 2025

Review feedback and applicant engagement

23. Mai 2025

Decision announced

6. Juni – 30. Juni 2025

Agreement and first payment

15. Januar 2026

Midpoint conversation

31. Juli 2026 / 15. August 2026

Final or first year report due

Latin America & Caribbean

10. Februar – 1. März 2025

Applicant support and eligibility check

10. Februar 2025

Renewal deadline

1. März 2025

Submission deadline

3. März – 4. April 2025

Review and translation

4. April – 2. Mai 2025

Review feedback and applicant engagement

16. Mai 2025

Decision announced

30. Mai – 14. Juni 2025

Agreement and first payment

15. Januar 2026

Midpoint conversation

31. Juli 2026 / 15. August 2026

Final or first year report due

Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Nordamerika

17. Februar – 7. März 2025

Applicant support and eligibility check

17. Februar 2025

Renewal deadline

7. März 2025

Submission deadline

10. März – 4. April 2025

Review and translation

4. April – 2. Mai 2025

Review feedback and applicant engagement

16. Mai 2025

Decision announced

30. Mai – 14. Juni 2025

Agreement and first payment

15. Januar 2026

Midpoint conversation

31. Juli 2026 / 15. August 2026

Final or first year report due

Northern & Western Europe

21. Februar – 14. März 2025

Applicant support and eligibility check

21. Februar 2025

Renewal deadline

14. März 2025

Submission deadline

14. März – 4. April 2025

Review and translation

4. April – 20. April 2025

Review feedback and applicant engagement

30. April 2025

Decision announced

15. Mai – 13. Juni 2025

Agreement and first payment

30. Januar 2026

Midpoint conversation

31. Juli 2026 / 14. August 2026

Final or first year report due

Full timeline for all regions
SSA MENA SA ESEAP LATAM CEECA NA NWE
Renewals Deadline 10. Februar 2025 10. Februar 2025 14. März 2025 14. März 2025 10. Februar 2025 17. Februar 2025 17. Februar 2025 21. Februar 2025
Applicant proposal support starts 10. Februar 2025 10. Februar 2025 14. Februar 2025 14. Februar 2025 10. Februar 2025 17. Februar 2025 17. Februar 2025 21. Februar 2025
Eligibility check 10. Februar – 1. März 2025 10. Februar – 1. März 2025 14. Februar – 13. März 2025 14. Februar – 13. März 2025 10. Februar – 1. März 2025 17. Februar – 7. März 2025 17. Februar – 7. März 2025 21. Februar – 14. März 2025
Submission deadline 1. März 2025 1. März 2025 13. März 2025 13. März 2025 1. März 2025 7. März 2025 7. März 2025 14. März 2025
Application translation support 3. März – 10. März 2025 3. März – 10. März 2025 13. März – 27. März 2025 13. März – 27. März 2025 3. März – 10. März 2025 10. März – 17. März 2025 10. März – 17. März 2025 14. März – 21. März 2025
Review starts 14. März 2025 14. März 2025 28. März 2025 28. März 2025 14. März 2025 17. März 2025 17. März 2025 21. März 2025
Feedback received 11. April 2025 11. April 2025 21. April 2025 21. April 2025 4. April 2025 4. April 2025 4. April 2025 4. April 2025
Engaging with feedback 11. April – 1. Mai 2025 11. April – 1. Mai 2025 21. April – 5. Mai 2025 21. April – 5. Mai 2025 4. April – 2. Mai 2025 11. April – 2. Mai 2025 11. April – 2. Mai 2025 4. April – 20. April 2025
Decision announced 16. Mai 2025 16. Mai 2025 23. Mai 2025 23. Mai 2025 16. Mai 2025 16. Mai 2025 16. Mai 2025 30. April 2025
Agreement signed 20. Mai 2025 20. Mai 2025 6. Juni 2025 6. Juni 2025 30. Mai 2025 30. Mai 2025 30. Mai 2025 15. Mai 2025
First payment sent 25. Mai – 25. Juni 2025 24. Mai – 7. Juni 2025 6. Juni – 30. Juni 2025 6. Juni – 30. Juni 2025 30. Mai – 14. Juni 2025 30. Mai – 14. Juni 2025 30. Mai – 14. Juni 2025 16. Mai – 13. Juni 2025
Midpoint learning conversation 15. Januar 2026 15. Januar 2026 15. Januar 2026 15. Januar 2026 15. Januar 2026 15. Januar 2026 15. Januar 2026 30. Januar 2026
Final report due 31. Juli 2026 31. Juli 2026 31. Juli 2026 31. Juli 2026 31. Juli 2026 31. Juli 2026 31. Juli 2026 31. Juli 2026
Yearly report due for multi-year funds 15. August 2026 15. August 2026 15. August 2026 15. August 2026 15. August 2026 15. August 2026 15. August 2026 14. August 2026

Principles and values

Die Grundsätze, die grundlegend sind und die Zuschussstrategie unterstreichen, basieren direkt auf den Grundsätzen der Strategie der Bewegung:

  • Subsidiarität und Selbstverwaltung
  • Gerechtigkeit und Befähigung
  • Kooperation und Zusammenarbeit
  • Mensch im Mittelpunkt – Zuhören und Nachdenken
  • Effiziente Daten und iterative Praktiken – Förderung von Innovation und Lernen

Reporting requirements

There are two types of required reports if your General Support Fund request is approved: Final report (written) and Conversation report (online meeting).

Final learning report

This is a written report to submit within 30 days after the grant end date.

  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 the report is complete, click Submit to send it for review. The report will be published on Meta-Wiki within two working days.

You can prepare the report offline. Make a copy of the report form, answer the questions and copy the text to Fluxx.

 
Final or Yearly Report Form for applications approved in FY 2023-24 (Google Docs)
 
Final or Yearly Report Form for applications approved before FY 2023-24 (Google Docs)
Conversation reports

There are two conversation reports. You will meet the Program Officer online two times in the middle of the grant implementation and after completing the grant. They will ask questions and complete the forms.

You can review the questions before the online meeting. You do not need to fill out these forms.

 
Midterm Conversation Questions (Google Docs)
 
Final or Yearly Conversation Questions (Google Docs)
Multi-year funding reports

If you have a multi-year funding, the required reports are slightly different.

  • Yearly learning report: The same form as final learning report but submitted yearly.
 
Final or Yearly Report Form for applications approved in FY 2023-24 (Google Docs)
 
Final or Yearly Report Form for applications approved before FY 2023-24 (Google Docs)
  • Yearly conversation between PO-grantee partners: The same meeting as final conversation meeting but organised yearly.
 
Final or Yearly Conversation Questions (Google Docs)

Ressourcen

Updates

Contact us

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

Region Regional Program Officer Email address
Middle East & North Africa Farida El-Gueretly mena_fund wikimedia.org
Subsahara-Afrika Veronica Thamaini ssa_fund wikimedia.org
Südasien Jacqueline Chen sa_fund wikimedia.org
East, Southeast Asia, & Pacific Jacqueline Chen eseap_fund wikimedia.org
Latin America & Caribbean Mercedes Caso lac_fund wikimedia.org
Nordamerika Chris Schilling na_fund wikimedia.org
Northern & Western Europe Agnes Bruszik nwe_fund wikimedia.org
Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia Chris Schilling ceeca_fund wikimedia.org

Notes

  1. Unrestricted funding means that grantees are able to reallocate funding in their budget to new or existing mission-aligned activities or expenses at their own discretion during the funding period. You do not need to obtain permission from the Foundation for reallocation for these changes in your budget. For the General Support Fund and Conference & Event Fund, when reallocations exceed 20% of your total budget from the funding program, please notify your program officer of these changes. This notification would not be to request approval, but to generally inform the Community Resources team what circumstances or opportunities are prompting more significant changes in your budget.