Grants:Regions/South Asia

South Asia

This region includes the following countries:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

Tanveer Hasan 20180912.jpg
Senior Program Officer for the South Asia Region
Thematic area: Human rights and Advocacy
Bangalore, India
UTC+5:30
English, Kannada, Hindi
thasan(_AT_)wikimedia.org
THasan (WMF)

Contact usEdit

Rapid FundEdit

If you want to apply or if have any questions about the Rapid Fund, please reach out to the Regional Program Officer at: sa_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org

General Support FundEdit

If you have any questions about the General Support Fund, please reach out to the Regional Program Officer at: sa_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org

Regional CommitteeEdit

  • आर्या जोशी, August 2021 - Contributor to Marathi Wikimedia projects and works with many not for profit organizations in Maharashtra. A passionate researcher and enthusiastic learner always.
  • Balajijagadesh, August 2021 - Open source enthusiast, active in community engagement activities in Tamil Wiki projects. Contributes to Wikisource and Wikidata.
  • Mahir256, August 2021 - Active Wikidata and Bangla Wikisource contributor, part of the Indic TechCom initiative.
  • Medhavigandhi, August 2021 - Regional Ambassador for Art+Feminism Editathons, active in GLAM space, open GLAM work; leads The Heritage Lab project.
  • Nawaraj Ghimire, August 2021 - Wikimedian contributing to the Wikipedia in Classroom project and outreach activities in Nepal.
  • AshLin, October 2021 - Wikimedian with experience in editing, policy development and capacity building activities.
  • Tarunno, October 2021 - Wikimedian active in Bangla Wikimedia projects. Open source enthusiast.

Conversation hours for Round 2 March 2022 - April 2022Edit

Conversation hours are available for questions, comments, and any general support around our funding programs in the region. Please review the table below for information and links to these meetings:

Date Time Language Topic Grantee Partner Type Link to meeting
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 14:30PM - 15:30PM UTC English General Support Fund applications SA Video call link: https://meet.google.com/wkx-vopq-sgh
Saturday, March 26, 2022 13:00 to 14:00 UTC English General Support Fund applications SA Video call link: https://meet.google.com/urx-kaae-hts
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 18:30 - 20:00 IST English Proposal Clinic SA Video call link: https://meet.google.com/itw-ijyo-abs

Conversation hours for Round 1 November 2021-December 2021Edit

Conversation hours are available for questions, comments, and any general support around our funding programs in the region. Please review the table below for information and links to these meetings:

Date Time Language Topic Grantee Partner Type Link to meeting
Wednesday, October 27, 2021 12:00PM - 13:00PM UTC English General Support Fund applications SA + ESEA +NWE Google Meet Link [ Add this event to your calendar]
Thursday, October 28, 2021 13:00 - 14:00 UTC English General Support Fund applications SA+NWE Focus Google Meet Link [ Add this event to your calendar]
Saturday, October 30, 2021 03:00 - 04:00 UTC English General Support Fund applications SA+ PACIFIC FOCUS Google Meet Link [ Add this event to your calendar]
Saturday, November 13, 2021 03:00 - 04:00 UTC English Proposal Clinic SA+ ESEAP focus Google Meet Link [ Add this event to your calendar]
Saturday, November 13, 2021 15:00 - 16:00 UTC English Proposal Clinic SA+NWE focus Google Meet Link [ Add this event to your calendar]

Questions from Office hour 27 July 2021Edit

  • For Organizations asking for Staff support, will their salaries/remuneration be considered as income?

Criteria of eligibility, are non-affiliate groups eligible? As discussed, their eligibility consideration is dependent on what the committee feels about them. How aware is the committee of all such groups’?

  • Considering some mentorship programs are being discussed within affiliates, there might be a chapter supporting a user group to organize, plan and run some activities. So who would apply for this grant? The trainer or the trainee?
  • In continuation of the last question, say both apply for grant for specific activities, but one regional committee approves but other refuses. How will the CRS team evaluate such cases?
  • About Alliance funding, will it only be available to nonprofits or for profit organizations as well?

Regarding specific funds allocation for a region, if we are actually going to promote this funding for underrepresented communities, considering there are other major grantees in the region, cushion might not be sufficient.

  • So what if there is an Allied organization asking for funds for the first time and come up with a great plan for engagement in India and ask for an equal or more amount than the existing grantees, would you consider funding the new organization?
  • Are there any plans on training the regional committees? Or How will you ensure that everybody who's on the regional committee, irrespective of the region, is trained on similar standards?
  • All communities stand at different levels regarding the sensitivity towards various aspects of engagement, grants, etc. Are there any plans for sensitization activities?
  • Drafting Grants’ policies- Will the process be inclusive to the community for review?
  • If an affiliate is being supported by other grantees in the region, will this association act as a barrier for the grant the affiliate wishes to apply directly for expansion of the group's activities?
  • About Grant structure, would there be a Global criteria or would there be a regional criteria for evaluation & funding?
  • When we're talking about increasing the funding opportunities for the under-represented communities, Do you have any kind of plans on capacity building? *Like designing a pilot for new Affiliates, identifying some, extending training on handling finances and later they apply for a grant. This will enable them to efficiently apply for & manage future grants. This will be an actual capacity building and increasing the funding to the underrepresented communities. Otherwise like, or is it just an opportunity without any capacity building support.
  • How will Rapid Funds support long term but short budget projects as it is written that it is only meant for short term projects?
  • Will individuals or smaller affiliates have to compete with big players w.r.t. General Support Fund,?
  • How will you ensure legally to make the grant applicants submit the reports and financial receipts?
  • How will you prevent people from disappearing with the money or submit vague/false reports?
  • How will the transparency of the grant projects be ensured?
  • What is the transaction limit by which an individual will not face FCRA wrath from the Government and how will it be ensured to remove the FCRA barrier for smaller affiliates?
  • If an individual/affiliate wants to hire a paid person to execute some project, how will the money be transferred to that person?
  • What will be the exact legal way to save tax when money comes to someone’s account for a project?

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