The Project Grants program funds Wikimedia community members — individuals, groups, or organizations contributing to Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia or Commons — to organize projects that benefit the Wikimedia movement. Grants are awarded biannually and have a minimum budget of USD 2,000. For grants under USD 2,000, please see the Rapid Grants program.
Grants are generally awarded in four broad categories, but we welcome all ideas!
- Online organizing
- Offline outreach
Proposals should support the achievement of Wikimedia’s mission and align with our 2030 Strategy.
You can click on the tabs above to learn more about the process of applying. If you are new to wikis and need more guidance to start a proposal, please email us at projectgrants wikimedia · org and we will help you.
We recently surveyed the first two rounds of Project Grant applicants. You can see the report and next steps for program improvements.
Schedule for 2021/1 Round for Online and/or Offline* Community Organizing projects
Open call: January 11 - February 10, 2021
Proposal deadline: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Staff eligibility review: February 11 - 19, 2021
Community review: February 20 - March 4, 2021
Committee scoring: March 5 - 20, 2021
Grantees announced: Friday, April 22, 2021
Grants disbursed: May 2021
Schedule for 2021/2 Round for Research or Software projects
Open call: February 15 - March 16, 2021
Proposal deadline: Wednesday, March 16, 2021
Staff eligibility review: March 17 - 25, 2021
Community review: March 26 - April 8, 2021
Committee scoring: April 17 - May 2, 2021
Grantees announced: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Grants disbursed: June 2021
If you wish to submit a proposal that includes both community organizing elements and research or software elements, you are welcome to submit a single hybrid proposal in either round. If your project emphases one theme over the other, please submit your proposal in the round that primarily represents your planned work. If you want to consult about which round your project belongs in, please email us.
Questions? Please email us at projectgrantswikimedia.org.
Upcoming Proposal Clinics (2021)
Software Proposal Clinics
Research Proposal Clinics
General Proposal Clinics
- Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5:00 PM UTC – Videoconference link
- Meeting ID: 982 7081 9661
- Passcode: 735250
- Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 3:30 AM UTC – Videoconference link
- Meeting ID: 954 8237 8495
- Passcode: 802321
- Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:00 PM UTC – Videoconference link
- Meeting ID: 929 7510 6403
- Passcode: 960121
Education-themed Proposal Clinics
GLAM-themed Proposal Clinics
Campaign-themed Proposal Clinics