Grants:Project/Rapid/WBG/Awareness video for Bengali Wikisource

This Wikimedia Foundation grant has a fiscal sponsor. The Centre for Internet and Society administered the grant on behalf of West Bengal Wikimedians User Group.

WBG/Awareness video for Bengali Wikisource
Creation of a short duration awareness video about Bengali Wikisource
targetBengali Wikisource
start dateApr 10
end dateJune 30 September 30
budget (local currency)INR 129602
budget (USD)2000.00 USD
grant typeOrganization
non-profit statusfiscal sponsor, yes
contact(s)• bodhisattwa.rgkmc(_AT_)•
organization (if applicable)West Bengal Wikimedians User Group
website (if applicable)

Project Plan




Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing?

Low awareness about Bengali Wikisource among Bengali book lovers and netizens is the cause of low siteviews. This is the siteviews analysis of Bengali Wikisource in 2017 and this is the comparison between Bengali Wikipedia and Bengali Wikisource siteviews in the same duration. Often Wikipedians are not aware of whats going on in Wikisource.
One of the way to generate awareness about Bengali Wikisource is to produce an awareness documentary video about how Wikisource community is building the largest free digital library of Bengali copyright free books and what are the implications of this volunteer work. These short video will be produced with professional help keeping in mind of the Bengali culture. Some of the volunteers of the user group, who are experienced editors in Bengali Wikisource, will coordinate with team members, communicate with them regarding any needs and help them execute the project.

How will you let others in your community know about your project (please provide links to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions)?

  • Notified in Bengali Wikisource scriptorium - here
  • Notified in Bengali Wikipedia village pump - here
  • Notified in West Bengal mailing list -   Done
  • Notified in Bengali Wikipedia mailing list -   Done

What will you have done at the end of your project?

After the short video will be produced, it will be uploaded and promoted in different Wikimedia Youtube channels and other social media platforms.



How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please estimate the number of following targets, if applicable: Number of total participants, articles created or improved, photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, and photos used on Wikimedia projects. Feel free to add more specific to your project:

  • Create one short duration (3-5 minutes) awareness video about Bengali Wikisource.
  • At least 10,000 views in Youtube for the video.
  • 25% increase of new editors.
  • 25% increase of siteviews.



What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

  • At least two experienced Bengali Wikisource editors.
  • We are in contact with few film production professionals from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata.
  • We have positive response from Deepanjan Ghosh, a famous radio jockey cum film actor from Kolkata.
  • CIS-A2K as fiscal sponsor.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

Please find below the approximate expenditure for the project.

Crew Renumeration
# Description No. of days Rate (INR) Total (INR)
1 Director 1 8,000 8,000
2 Executive Producer 1 8,000 8,000
3 Cinematography 1 8,000 8,000
4 Editor 1 8,000 8,000
5 Sound Recordist 1 8,000 8,000
6 Chief Assistant Director 1 4,000 4,000
7 Assistant Camera 1 4,000 4,000
8 Line Producer 1 4,000 4,000
9 Actors (min. 2) 1 5,000 10,000
Production Budget
# Description No. of days Rate (INR) Total (INR)
1 Camera Hire 1 12,000 12,000
2 Lights Hire 1 10,000 10,000
3 Sound Equipment Hire 1 5,000 5,000
4 Post Production Sound 1 7,000 7,000
5 Post Production Visual 1 10,000 10,000
6 Hard Disk 1 5,000 5,000
7 Location 1 5,000 5,000
8 Promotion 5,000
9 Miscellaneous 8,602

Grand Total = INR 129,602 = $2,000


  Comment, @Mahir256:, the idealab proposal has been transformed into a rapid grant. -- Bodhisattwa (talk) 15:37, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
  • It will be very useful for the publicity of Bengali Wikisource. (এটি বাংলা উইকিসংকলের প্রচারের জন্য খুবই উপযোগি হবে।) খাঁ শুভেন্দু (talk) 19:18, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Wikisource in Bengali is a rapidly growing Project. This is a novel, impactful idea to increase awareness about the Project.

Fully endorse this and looking forward to its realisation. Mouryan (talk) 17:19, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

  • It is very effective way to increase awareness among people about Bengali Wikisource.--Atudu (talk) 09:05, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support African Hope (talk) 22:04, 19 March 2018 (UTC)
  •   Oppose I think 2000 dollars for this 2-minute video is very costly in India or Bangladesh. -শাহাদাত সায়েম (talk) 18:32, 2 May 2018 (UTC)