Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Wikimedia Canada 2022-2024

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Wikimedia Canada 2022-2024
For 2022-2026, WMCA has identified its main strategic goals as follows:
  • 1. Increase the number and diversity of free knowledge and of contributors to all Wikimedia projects in Canada
  • 2. Increase the visibility and reputation of Wikimedia Canada and its activities
  • 3. Adapt Wikimedia Canada's governance, operational structure and finances to the growth of the association
Please read WMCA's Transformation Plan 2022-2026 for more specific objectives within those three main objectives.
start date1-Jan-2022
end date31-Dec-2024
budget (local currency)169,000 CAD
budget (USD)135823 USD
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
grantees• JP Béland (WMCA)
organization (if applicable)• Wikimedia Canada


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OverviewEdit

What is the main objective of your proposal?

For 2022-2026, WMCA has identified its main strategic goals as follows:
  • 1. Increase the number and diversity of free knowledge and of contributors to all Wikimedia projects in Canada
  • 2. Increase the visibility and reputation of Wikimedia Canada and its activities
  • 3. Adapt Wikimedia Canada's governance, operational structure and finances to the growth of the association

Please read Transformation Plan 2022-2026 for more specific objectives within those three main objectives.

What are the main challenges you are trying to solve and your proposed solution?

Wikimedia Canada (WMCA) is a charitable organization dedicated to the growth, development and dissemination of free knowledge in Canada.

We engage in a range of activities, outreach initiatives, community building events, content creation projects, partnerships with cultural and knowledge institutions, and collaborations with Indigenous communities.

Under the common vision of the Wikimedia Movement, Wikimedia Canada aims to increase the awareness and appeal of its programs, some of which are specific to its territory, such as Indigenous knowledge, languages and cultures. Wikimedia Canada also places a particular emphasis on projects that involve diversity and high-impact topics.

In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of three options that most apply.

Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge

Where will this proposal be implemented?

Canada

Do you want to apply for multi-year funding?

Yes

Project ProposalEdit

Describe your main strategies to achieve the objective and the activities you will be developing as part of these strategies.

Wikimedia Canada wants to focus its actions on the needs of Canadian volunteers while ensuring the inclusion of people and knowledge that are currently underrepresented in the Wikimedia projects.

To do this, Wikimedia Canada has chosen to organize its activities into six programs:

  • P1 - Support to WikiClubs and volunteers
  • P2 - Indigenous cultures, knowledge and languages
  • P3 - Francophonie
  • P4 - Diversity of knowledge and high-impact topics
  • P5 - Collective for free knowledge
  • P6 - Research and development

Please read WMCA's Transformation Plan 2022-2026 in order to have a detailed description of each program, their specific objectives, and their targets and metrics.

What is your organization or group's mission?

WMCA serves as a catalyst for collecting, developing and disseminating knowledge and educational, cultural and historical content in all languages of Canada, including Indigenous languages, under a free license or in the public domain, using the Wikimedia projects as the primary means of dissemination, and supporting volunteers across the country. WMCA also helps to increase the understanding and awareness of the public and institutions in Canada about free knowledge and the Wikimedia projects.

Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries?

Please state if you will be carrying out any of these activities within your programs? Select all that apply.

Organizing Meet-up online, Organizing Meet-up offline, Workshops, Edit-A-Thons, Train-the-Trainer, Photowalk, Contest, Photo/Media campaign, Wiki Loves campaign, Conference/Event Organizing, Central organizing for movement campaign, Other

Are you running any in-person events or activities?

Yes

Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified content knowledge gaps?

Content Gender gap, Geography, Language, Socioeconomic Status, Sexual Orientation, Important Topics (topics considered to be of impact or important in the specific context), Cultural background, ethnicity, religion, racial

Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities? Select all categories that apply.

Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Geographic, Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Linguistic / Language, Socioeconomic status

Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or thematic focus.

Education, Culture, heritage or GLAM, Climate Change and sustainability, Other, Diversity

Please tell us more about your target participants.

We have put in place regular communications in order to engage and retain volunteers and participants, such as monthly newsletters and a public website. We also engage volunteers and participants through social media. We will send satisfaction surveys to our main partners. We will also send a general survey to volunteers, contributors, and readers from Canada. We are developing a network of WikiClubs in different cities and regions across the country that will serve as the main local and regional hubs to engage and retain the volunteers and the participants.

Do you have plans to work with other Wikimedia communities, groups or affiliates in your country, or in other countries, to implement this proposal?

Yes

Please tell us about these connections online and offline and how you have let Wikimedia communities know about this proposal.

Wikimedia Canada is highly involved with WikiFranca, the international cooperation network of affiliates and other Wikimedia groups of French-speaking countries. In particular, Wikimedia Canada supports the emerging Wikimedia User Group of Haiti.

Wikimedia Canada also works with the Wikimedians of North American Indigenous Languages User Group for its projects with Indigenous communities, and collaborate with the international Wikimedia movement to share lessons learned and best practices on how to conduct projects with Indigenous and smaller languages, such as the Language Diversity Hub.

We also collaborate with other Wikimedia entities during international campaigns such as Art+Feminism and #1Lib1Ref.

Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedian partners to implement this proposal? Please describe these partnerships.

Yes
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) is providing, free of charge, an office space and several space to conduct Wikimedia activities. Other partners across the country, such as universities and libraries, are doing the same.

How do you hope to sustain or expand the work carried out in this proposal after the grant?

Wikimedia Canada has a Transformation Plan to continue the development of the organization over the next five years.

Have you received grants from the Wikimedia Foundation before?

Applied previously and did receive a grant

Have you received grants from any non-wiki organization before?

Yes

Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?

Wikimedia Canada has a large team. First of all, its Board of DIrectors is experienced and diverse, including a majority of women, representation from the LGTBQ+ community, and representation from Indigenous Peoples. We also have a large number of volunteers supporting our activities, as well as institutional partners such as Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and the Acfas.

We also have a strong partnership with the Atikamekw Community of Manawan to continue the project to develop the Wikipedia in Atikamekw language, including a Board Member that is Atikamekw.

We are also planning to set up an Advisory Council to assist the Board of Directors.

Please state if your organization or group has a Strategic Plan that can help us further understand your proposal. You can also upload it here. (optional)

Yes

Learning, Sharing, and EvaluationEdit

What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

We are planning to send a general survey to volunteers, contributors, and readers from Canada in order to learn what is the most important for them, what WMCA and the Wikimedia movement can do to better support them, how can we improve, etc. We will also send satisfaction surveys to our main partners in order to learn how we can better support them to contribute to Wikimedia projects. All the results, findings and lessons learned will be shared with the international Wikimedia movement as well.

We will also continue to document all lessons learned and best practices to conduct projects with Indigenous and smaller languages.

Core MetricsEdit

Enter a description of the metric and a number in the target field. If the metric does not apply to you, enter N/A for not applicable.

Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants 3000
Number of editors 2000
Number of organizers 50
Wikipedia 3000
Wikimedia Commons 3000
Wikidata 8000

If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.


Additional MetricsEdit

Enter a description of the metric and a number in the target field. If the metric does not apply to you, enter N/A for not applicable.

Additional Metrics Description Target
Number of editors that continue to participate/retained after activities
Number of organizers that continue to participate/retained after activities
Number of strategic partnerships that contribute to longer term growth, diversity and sustainability
Feedback from participants on effective strategies for attracting and retaining contributors
Diversity of participants brought in by grantees
Number of people reached through social media publications
Number of activities developed
Number of volunteer hours

What other information will you be collecting to learn about the impacts of your activities? (optional)

Partnerships Satisfaction Surveys

Surveys to volunteers, contributors and readers in Canada

What tools would you use to measure each metric selected?

Wikimedia Dashboard

Surveys

How do you hope to share these results so that others can learn from them?

Create a video of our experience, Make a short presentation of the experience, Create a training workshop to show others what we learned, Share results on social media, Share results with our communities, Participate in one on one peer sharing session with other grantees, Develop learning material for other users, Share it on Meta-Wiki

Financial ProposalEdit

What is the amount you are requesting from WMF? Please provide this amount in your local currency. If you are thinking about a multi-year fund, please provide the amount for the first year.

CAD

What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

135823 USD

Please share your budget for this proposal.

See detailed budget file on Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1EN9Gd4OHfh2_d9QZsSAm3XDdZ5zpEXFS6MiMd1RIreg/

By submitting your proposal/funding request you agree that you are in agreement with the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and the Universal Code of Conduct.

I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friend Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.

Yes

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