|• 8 de junho de 2023: Rapid Fund application process is reopened. Review the timeline and apply.
• 1 de junho de 2023: Midpoint learning report requirement will be removed for all current General Support Fund partners.
• 24 de maio de 2023: Seven funding regions will be aligned to eight Wikimedia regions by 1 de julho de 2023. See all expected changes here.
• 1 de maio de 2023: There are important proposed changes to the General Support Fund to provide a lightweight process and ensure learning and partnership.
The Rapid Fund program funds Wikimedia community members – individuals, groups, or organizations contributing to Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia or Commons – to organize projects throughout the year with a budget of 500 USD up to 5,000 USD.
- All requests between 500 USD and up to 5,000 USD are considered (or its equivalent in another currency at the time of the application).
- Individuals, groups, and organizations can apply.
- Grant requests and reports can be submitted in any language.
- Grants can be up to 12 months in length.
Grant amounts and limits:
- Individual Rapid Fund limit is 10,000 USD per fiscal year of Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. 1 de julho de 2023 - 30 de junho de 2024)
- Groups (formal and informal), organizations, and affiliates Rapid Fund limit is 10,000 USD per fiscal year of Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. 1 de julho de 2023 - 30 de junho de 2024). Groups will be encouraged to have access to a joint account.
- All grant applications will be distributed in the applicant’s local currency unless advised otherwise. In some cases when it is not possible, we will send the amount in USD.
- Individuals can have up to one (1) open project funded through Rapid Funds. Before applying for a new rapid grant you will need to complete the currently funded project and submit the report. In some cases, the Program Officer may request to review the report before applicant is able to submit a new grant request.
- Affiliates and other organizations can have two (2) open projects through Rapid Funds.
Experience and team:
- Applicants need to demonstrate current editing history and experience on the target Wikimedia project(s) mentioned in their grant application. They also need to have organizing experience or training experience. For example, if the applicant is planning to train people on creation or improvement of Wikidata items, the applicant should demonstrate editing and training history on Wikidata.
- Team members involved in the grant application need to be aware of their involvement in the project. It is the applicant's responsibility to inform team members about the project and application. Team members can confirm their involvement on the grant discussion page on Meta-Wiki.
Individuals and groups:
- Board members, leaders (contacts submitted to AffCom), presidents, bank account holders, executive directors, and other paid staff or contractors of Wikimedia affiliates/groups/organizations with existing Wikimedia Foundation Fund awards are not eligible for individual grant requests. When there is no significant overlap between the volunteer role (especially board members), group activities, and individual grant, the program officer may make exceptions to this criterion.
- Individuals cannot apply and receive funding on behalf of two different groups or organizations.
- Staff and contractors of the Wikimedia Foundation are not eligible for the Rapid Fund program.
Funding travel and equipment:
- No funding for travel scholarships or conference participation. Rapid Funds are project-based resources and only fund travel related to the direct implementation of the project.
- Equipment purchase is allowed for groups, organizations and affiliates. Equipment-based grants need to clearly demonstrate how the equipment will be shared with other community members. An equipment log or list must be publicly available for community members and included in the application. Examples of equipment funded with Rapid Funds are: laptops, cameras and projector, routers, external drives.
General Support Fund recipients:
- General Support Fund grantee partners are not eligible for the Rapid Fund program. Grantee partners needing additional funding need to share the request with the Regional Program Officer as an amendment to the current General Support Fund.
- We recommend applying for micro-funding programs and other similar opportunities in local communities where they are available. Where you can coordinate and work with other groups in your geography.
- Applicants with requests for equipment hire to support their activities - will be requested to share information on how those involved as participants will be supported beyond the training to enable continued learning and engagement with the target Wikimedia projects.
The following are basic criteria that must be met by all Wikimedia Community Fund applicants in order for a proposal to be reviewed:
- Proposals should support the achievement of Wikimedia’s mission and strategic direction.
- Projects should aim at improving one or more of Wikimedia's existing websites. Projects aimed at improving third-party applications are not eligible for funding.
- Applicant must follow the Universal Code of Conduct and Friendly Space Policies.
- Youth Safety Policy must be in place for any activity that involves underage community members.
- Applicant is within a country that can legally receive funding for the described activities and expenses based on laws on sending and receiving funds in the United States and their country.
- Applicant does not appear on the United States Department of Treasury Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons List (SDN).
- Applicants must be in compliance with all requirements and in good standing for any current activities funded through the Wikimedia Foundation.
- Works and contributions must be able to be published under ethical, open access agreements.
- Applications must be for future, planned work.
- Proposed activities that meet the United States Internal Revenue Service definition of lobbying cannot be funded.
- Applicants receiving funding must not be Wikimedia Foundation staff members or contractors working more than part time (more than 20 hours per week).
- Behavioral requirements
- Applicants should be in good standing in regard to ethical behavior within the community (e.g. social behavior, financial behavior, legal behavior, etc.), as determined through the due diligence process of the grant program.
- Within the last year, applicants have not been blocked, banned, or otherwise flagged by Wikimedia Foundation staff or another affiliate for violations of Universal Code of Conduct and Friendly Space Policies, or for other types of violations or conduct issues. If such issues have occurred in the past, the applicant is required to demonstrate learning and understanding in regard to the cause for the issue, such that they are ready to serve as a role model for others as a grantee.
- Within the last year, applicants have not been repeatedly blocked or flagged for the same issue and/or have not been banned on the Wikimedia Projects. If a block/ban is recorded in the applicant's account history, the applicant is required to demonstrate learning and understanding in regard to the cause for the block, such that they are ready to serve as a role model for others as a grantee.
- 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.
Applications are submitted on the Fluxx Grantee portal. Revised application and reporting forms are used.
After submission, the application will be processed with the following steps:
|Submission deadline of applications for Cycle 1|
||Right after the previous step.|
||1 week after the decision day|
||30 days after the project end date|
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
- Project related travel for organizers
- Compensation for well-defined roles that do not replace volunteer activities, including (but not limited to) graphic design, training, childcare services, translation, project management, and Wikimedian-in-Residence roles.
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.
New timelines will be published soon. There will be new changes to the Rapid Fund (Wikimedia Community Fund) program which will be published soon. The timelines will be available until 1 de junho de 2023.
Cycle 1 - 1 de julho - 28 de agosto de 2023
|1 de julho de 2023||Submission deadline of applications in Cycle 1|
|3 de julho - 10 de julho de 2023||
|10 de julho - 7 de agosto de 2023||
|7 de agosto - 10 de agosto de 2023||
|14 de agosto - 28 de agosto de 2023||
|28 de agosto de 2023||
||30 days after project end date|
|1 de setembro de 2023||
||1 week after the decision day|
Please join the Rapid Fund conversation hours if you have any question about the program.
|Date||Time||Language||Topic||Grantee Partner Type||Link to meeting|
|5 de junho de 2023||20:30 - 21:30 UTC||espanhol, português||Rapid Fund Changes + Applicant Support||Rapid Fund Grantees - LAC Region||Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 810 0167 0703
|5 de junho de 2023||16:00 - 17:00 UTC||inglês, árabe||Rapid Fund Changes + Applicant Support||Rapid Fund Grantees - MEA Region||Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 813 7752 8713
|9 de junho de 2023||14:00 - 15:00 UTC||inglês, francês||Rapid Fund Changes + Applicant Support||Rapid Fund Grantees - MEA Region||Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 813 7752 8713
- Swag request
- You can request swag from Wikipedia Store. Please review the Requesting swag page for more details.
- Application forms and guides
- Recommendations for developing fund proposals
- Grantee Portal – Fluxx tutorials
- Tutorials about the Fluxx registration and portal.
- Other grants
- Many Wikimedia affiliates offer grants to their local communities. Check out some of their programs here.
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|Region||Regional Program Officer||Email address|
|Middle East & North Africa||Veronica Thamaini||mena_rapid wikimedia.org|
|África subsariana||Veronica Thamaini||ssa_rapid wikimedia.org|
|Ásia Meridional||Jacqueline Chen||sa_rapid wikimedia.org|
|East, Southeast Asia, & Pacific||Jacqueline Chen||eseap_rapid wikimedia.org|
|Latin America & Caribbean||Mercedes Caso||lac_rapid wikimedia.org|
|América do Norte e América Central||Chris Schilling||na_rapid wikimedia.org|
|Northern & Western Europe||Agnes Bruszik||nwe_rapid wikimedia.org|
|Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia||Chris Schilling||ceeca_rapid wikimedia.org|