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Please find the Application Forms and Guides for Wikimedia Community Fund here.

Applications are currently being finalized and translated in Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and German. While we are finalizing the applications and its translations, please continue to use the Rapid Grant program for Rapid Fund requests.

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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 programs

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.
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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.
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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.

See Application Form and Guide here before applying.

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Some examples of what we fund

  • 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

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.

Eligibility criteria

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

Youth Safety

  • 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.

Recommendations for developing fund proposals

Application forms

See application forms here.

How we fund

Applications are currently being finalized and translated in Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, and German. The links to applications will be added soon. While we are finalizing the applications and its translations, please continue to use the Rapid Grant program for Rapid Fund requests.

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

Application process

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
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Timing of decision-making process and average award amount

Rapid Fund
  • 1 month 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.
Open call period for applications
Region Proposed open call period
All regions All year round
Conference & Event Fund
  • 2 month processing time from application to decision
  • A Conference Grant amount can range between 10-90K USD, average grant size
Proposed open call period for applications
Region Round 1 Round 2
All regions September - November February - March
General Support Fund
  • 2 month processing time from application to decision
  • Average annual grant size varies on application proposal 10K - 300K
Proposed open call period for applications
Region Round 1 Round 2
CEE and Central Asia October February - March
Northern and Western Europe November April - May
United States and Canada October February - March
SAARC November April - May
Latin America and The Caribbean October February - March
Middle East and Africa October February - March
ESEAP November April - May

General Support Fund Timeline (Round 1) CEE and Central Asia, USA and Canada, Latin America and The Caribbean, Middle East and Africa

Activity Dates for first regions round 1* Estimated time
Program Officer working with grantees to prepare their application 1st October - 15th October 15 days
Applicants working on final submission of application 15th October - 30th October 15 days
Final Submission Deadline 31st October
Committee / Staff Reviews 1st - 15th November 15 days
Applicants Engaging with Committee Feedback 22nd - 26th November 5 days
Proposal adjustment if needed 26th - 30th November 5 days
Final review and decision 1- 6th of December 5 days
Total 60 days
Appeal process if needed TBD

General Support Fund Timeline (Round 1) Northern & Western Europe, SAARC

Activity Dates for first regions round 1* Estimated time
Program Officer working with grantees to prepare their application 1st November - 15th November 15 days
Applicants working on final submission of application 16th November - 30th November 15 days
Final Submission Deadline 30th November
Committee / Staff Reviews 1st December - 15th December 15 days
Applicants Engaging with Committee feedback 16th December - 20th December 5 days
Proposal adjustment if needed 21st December - 6th January 17 days (extended period due to holidays)
Final review and decision 7th January - 11th January 5 days
Total 72 days
Appeal process if needed TBD

* Dates are approximate. Scheduled dates and deadlines may be delayed based on regional holidays. Note that the proposal adjustment period has been extended from 5 to 17 days to allow extra time around winter holidays.

Applicants should email nwe_fund@wikimedia.org or saarc_fund@wikimedia.org 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 us

Rapid Fund

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 wikimedia.org
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) saarc_rapid wikimedia.org
East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP) eseap_rapid wikimedia.org
Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean lac_rapid wikimedia.org
United States and Canada usca_rapid wikimedia.org
Northern and Western Europe nwe_rapid wikimedia.org
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Central Asia ceeca_rapid wikimedia.org

General Support Fund

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 wikimedia.org
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) saarc_fund wikimedia.org
East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP) eseap_fund wikimedia.org
Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean lac_fund wikimedia.org
United States and Canada usca_fund wikimedia.org
Northern and Western Europe nwe_fund wikimedia.org
Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Central Asia ceeca_fund wikimedia.org