Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia New York City/2021-2022

Application or grant stage: under review
Applicant or grantee: Wikimedia New York City
Amount requested: $150,710
Amount granted: TBD (to be added by WMF)
Funding period: 1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022
Midpoint report due: Half YEAR + 15 days
Final report due: YEAR + 30 days

ApplicationEdit

BackgroundEdit

Annual PlanEdit

Budget PlanEdit

Staffing PlanEdit

Strategic planEdit

  • The former 2018-2020 Strategic Plan continues in effect while the Board of Directors works with Barretto Consulting to develop the new plan.

IntroductionEdit

Wikimedia New York City brings New York together to share in a richer and more representative free knowledge ecosystem. We draw from our knowledge, passion, partnerships, and flexibility to create community, educate users, and facilitate content contributions through programs and events.

ProgramsEdit

Chapter Membership and Community

This program area focuses on fostering community and connections among our members and Wikimedians through social gatherings and events. Whereas events like edit-a-thons play an important role in building community, their primary function is content development and participant training. Our community includes long-time editors, librarians, journalists, educators, activists, photographers, community organizers, students, retirees, developers, and artists, each of whom have their own motivations for engaging with Wikimedia projects broadly and the Wikimedia NYC community specifically. This program area focuses on those activities which take community as their primary purpose, like our monthly WikiWednesday Salon, annual Wiknic and Wikipedia Day celebrations, and participation in national and global events that connect our local members with the larger Wikimedia movement.

The last year has presented significant challenges to connecting Wikipedians in the New York area. Each of our programmatic focuses have shifted online, yielding new attendance from longtime Wikipedians, but also resulting in a reduced number of new and potential members. In the 2021-2022 grant period, Wikimedia NYC will experiment with a hybrid approach to its programming, provided meeting in person can be done safely. There will be challenges as the spaces previously used for WikiWednesday and our annual Wikipedia Day celebration are no longer available. However, this presents an opportunity to broaden our network and rethink our accessibility.

We will know we're successful when:

  • Wikimedia NYC hosts 10 WikiWednesdays in a year, evaluating attendance at in-person versus online events.
  • Wikimedia NYC expands its programmatic approach by hosting two community-focused events other than WikiWednesday.
  • Contingent upon hiring an ED, Wikimedia NYC will research member satisfaction. This could include an evaluation of the effectiveness of different programmatic approaches. Wikimedia NYC will then share local activities and lessons learned by sending two representatives to local and national Wikimedia events and/or contributing a Learning Pattern.

Outreach and Education

The outreach and education program area focuses on activities that promote and advance the work of the Chapter and its vision for open knowledge. We will activate the education of New Yorkers through trainings and workshops which provide them with the knowledge and skills to participate and share in a richer, more representative free knowledge ecosystem. Wikimedia New York City is incredibly fortunate to exist in such a diverse place as New York, and since its founding has been deeply committed to encouraging the participation and representation of the people, cultures, and communities which call it home. While most of our work takes place at a local scale, the spirit of representation and free knowledge outreach and education have led several projects which began here, like AfroCrowd, Art + Feminism, and the “Wiki Loves …” initiatives, to have a catalyzing, replicable, global impact. In the coming year, we will continue this work while also integrating discussions of the larger free culture movement into our programming.

We will know we are successful when:

  • Wikimedia NYC hosts 30 edit-a-thons in thematic areas that support knowledge equity
  • Wikimedia NYC hosts two events that educate New Yorkers on issues relevant to the larger free culture movement
  • Contingent upon hiring an Executive Director, Wikimedia NYC leads development of training materials and/or train-the-trainer resources

Partnerships

The partnerships program area provides support for programming and content contributions in collaboration with institutional partners. However, as a volunteer organization, Wikimedia NYC has been inconsistent in its support of existing partners, and has not had the capacity to foster new relationships in support of its mission and aims. Informed by over ten years of organizational experience and its current strategic planning process, the Wikimedia NYC Board of Directors aims to hire a full-time Executive Director, who will devote part of their time to supporting and fostering partnerships.

We will know we are successful when:

  • Contingent upon hiring the ED, Wikimedia NYC will focus on both defining what it means to be a partner of Wikimedia NYC and build capacity for mutually beneficial relationships.


Grant Metrics ReportingEdit

Required. Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.

Needs RequestEdit

Optional. The Community Resources team would like understand the best way to support the success of your programs and organization in general. If you have any requests or needs you have related to your programs, organizational operations, or other needs below under the appropriate section, please describe them here. You may instead e-mail simple wikimedia.org to reach your program officer if you prefer.

Requests for operational supportEdit

As Wikimedia NYC embarks on its first full-time hire, it would benefit from a consultation on best practices in managing a position serving a largely volunteer organization.

Midterm reportEdit

Program storyEdit

Optional. Please tell or link to one program story that showcases your organization's achievements during the reporting period. This can be another meta page, a blog post or any other source that tells your program story.

Program ProgressEdit

PROGRAM TITLE

Spending update MidtermEdit

Please link to a detailed financial report for your spending during the first half of your grant period. This should be in the same format as your detailed budget from your Simple APG application.

Please include the total amount of Simple APG funds you spent during the grant period:

  • XXXXXX.XX USD/Local currency

Grant Metrics Reporting MidtermEdit

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.

Final reportEdit

Program storyEdit

Optional. Please tell or link to one program story that showcases your organization's achievements during the reporting period. This can be another meta page, a blog post or any other source that tells your program story.

Learning storyEdit

Optional. Please link to one learning story that shows how your organization documents lessons learned and adapts its programs accordingly.

Programs ImpactEdit

PROGRAM TITLE

Spending update FinalEdit

Please link to a detailed financial report for your spending during the grant period. This should be in the same format as your detailed budget from your Simple APG application.

Please include the total amount of Simple APG funds you spent during the grant period:

  • XXXXXX.XX USD/Local currency

Grant Metrics Reporting FinalEdit

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.