Grants talk:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil/2017
Hello, Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil colleagues,
Thank you for your request for an annual plan grant. You have submitted a request for $27,405 for a 6-month grant, based on your group's needs, and after extensive discussions we have determined that you are eligible to apply for a grant of that amount. Normally, an organization with your experience with WMF grants would be asked to limit their request to $15,000 US dollars or less for 6 months. Considering the size of this grant request, it will be important that you adhere carefully to any monitoring plans requested by the committee or WMF. This is likely to include monthly review of financials and bank statements, in addition to your regular reporting as part of the Simple APG process.
This grant request may include program expenses, operating expenses, and expenses for discreet contract services (e.g. PR, accounting). You are not eligible to submit a request for staff or long term contractors as part of this grant.
Note that we have limits on the total funding we can send to informal groups in Brazil, and we also ask that you do not engage in any regranting until you are a legally established entity, so it is important to keep those restrictions in mind. If you choose to establish a formal organization in Brasil during the course of the grant, we will have more flexibility in considering future requests. While you are receiving an APG, it is important to know that your group is not eligible to receive any other WMF grants (with the exception of conference grants). This includes project grants, rapid grants, and travel grants to the user group and to user group leaders who are acting in their capacity as group leaders or doing work on projects related to activities in your APG. You should include your total program and operating expenses that need funding during the grant period in your APG. If you or your group's members apply for any WMF grant during the course of your APG (including a conference grant), you should notify your APG program officer immediately.
During this period before you establish a formal organization and board structure, we recommend that your group ensure that communication among group leadership and members is happening smoothly, around this grant request and other matters that are important to your group. You should continue to have 2-3 designated points of contact for your grant, who can communicate relevant information to other group members and leaders.
The Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil has received 3-4 grants since 2016, totaling less that $5,000 US dollars:
- Grants:Project/Rapid/Edit-a-thon_Neuroscience_and_Mathematics - About $600 for an edit-a-thon at Neuromat.
- Grants:Project/Rapid/UG_BR/Neuromathematics_Edit-a-thons_at_USP - About $1000 for two edit-a-thons at Neuromat.
- Grants:Project/Rapid/UG_BR/Education_conference_travel_and_UG_meeting - About $1600 for a travel grant for a user group meeting.
- Grants:Project/Rapid/Rodrigo_Tetsuo_Argenton/Equipment_for_Matemateca_digitalization - A $2000 grant to RT Argenton, for which the user group is responsible for managing the equipment.
We appreciate that the user group has been laying the groundwork for this work for many years prior to requesting significant movement funding, for example in establishing the long term partnership with the NeuroMat research center at the University of Sao Paulo. More information about the group's activities and achievements since 2014 may be found here:
- Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Brasil/Report/2016 - Activity report for 2016 (also includes non-WMF-funded activities).
- Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Brasil/Report/2015 - Activity report for 2015 (also includes non-WMF-funded activities).
- Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Brasil/Report/2014 - Activity report for 2014 (also includes non-WMF-funded activities).
Finally, note that adherence to Friendly Space Expectations is a requirement of your participation in the APG process, and that this applies to your group's members and leadership. In the event that group members are not adhering to these expectations, they should be formally asked to correct their behavior or leave the group. Adhering to Friendly Space Expectations and employing a Friendly Space Policy as part of your group's offline activities is also a part of your grant agreement, and continuing eligibility for Annual Plan Grants is contingent upon respect for these policies and guidelines. This is important as your group continues to expand your leadership role in the movement.
We are very excited to see so much momentum with this group right now, and hope this Annual Plan Grant application is a good starting point for your group if you wish to receive more annual plan grants in the future. This annual plan grant should give you opportunities to practice effective budgeting and to report on the results of your work using metrics, and also to improve your working governance structure as a foundation for future work.
Some comments from Alleycat80Edit
Hi, thanks for submitting this elaborate grant proposal! I want to refer to a few items in your budget that seem to be quite expensive and maybe hard to justify:
- Scraping / data extraction - this seems a prohibitive cost; if the information is very hard to extract, I would definitely explore a smaller pilot than "bet" on getting all of it. There are many people from the Wikimedia communtiy who would help you, for free, so I would encourage you do spend less on this.
- Streaming the training seems like a waste of money. You could Skype and get the same results, and have a professional edit the video afterwards. This would cost 1/10 of what you've indicated, with similar results. Maybe I'm missing something...
Please take these comments with the utmost respect; I just offer my ideas, I have no way to fully understand your context. I'm trying to help :)
- @Alleycat80: Hello and thank you for your inputs. We are new to the Simple APG protocol, so please do not hesitate to let us know if we are missing something on our grant request and on the answers provided to your questions (below). Thanks again.
- Museu Paulista is one of the three most important museums in São Paulo. If you look up on Google places to go in São Paulo, this museum will probably rank very high. To provide more context, it was built at the exact spot where the Brazilian Independence was proclaimed. The collection gathers some of the most important historical paintings of the Brazilian history; just to give an example, it is basically impossible to have any school history book without the reproduction of some of these paintings, such as the very famous Independence or Death (just of this particular painter we expect to bring to the projects around 200-300 art works --and the vast majority are not in the projects yet). One other feature that makes this GLAM initiative especially significant is that the museum is currently closed, as its building has been going through major repairs; it will only re-open in 2022 (the 200th anniversary of the Brazilian independence), so we will be able to open to the world a museum that is closed. Given this context, we believe we have a great opportunity here, that will generate a lot of media attention and potentially make us better known and improve our outreach capacities. Moreover, large GLAM initiatives, such as the current GLAM initiative with the Metropolitan Museum in New York, are often very expensive, involving Wikipedians-in-residence. Most of the work with the Museu Paulista GLAM initiative will be done by our community, voluntarily, but we are facing a technical challenge with data scrapping: it has to be done in the museum, as most of the database is off-line, and more importantly it involves three different technologies, that our members do not know. A student worker that we got funding for will help with this activity, but she/he will not be able to do it alone. We believe it is also worth re-emphasizing we are dealing here with a public museum in a Third-World country. They lack staff; they lack resources even for major repairs they need for their building. To some extent, we might even say there is a Third-World cost associated to this GLAM initiative --as there is with most of the work we have been doing with museums--, as we need to come up with support for tasks you might not expect volunteers in rich countries to get involved with when they are doing this kind of work with museums. In the GLAM initiative with the Museum of Veterinary Anatomy, we have had to create the museum inventory from scratch, as we have reported in the case study that we were invited to contribute in the GLAM portal. Does this make sense?
- I am not sure I understood what you are suggesting with streaming of the Outreach Dashboard training. Our goals are twofold here. First, have an event that people will be able to attend and join up remotely. Secondly, develop a video resource to give basic instructions on how to use the Dashboard; the video resource will use in part some footage of the training but also incorporate images of using the Dashboard. With the Dashboard developers, we are working on making ptwiki a test case for some functionalities of this amazing tool for programs and events --most resources created for the North American Dashboard are useless to our context, as functionalities are not the same. The event and video resource we intend to develop will fill a gap and hopefully stimulate more and more people to see the projects as easy to work on for programs and events. Did I answer what you were asking? (Sorry if I missed the core of your question here, as I am not positive to have fully understood what you were asking.)
- Thank you again for commenting on our work. We were happy to see you have found our grant proposal "elaborate" :) Peace! --Joalpe (talk) 01:48, 17 June 2017 (UTC)
Simple Annual Plan Grants Committee recommendationEdit
The committee recommends that this application be funded in the amount of $20,000 US dollars for 6 months.
The committee is impressed with the user group’s thoughtful program plan and extensive experience in the area of GLAM partnerships, and has confidence that this group can achieve impact now and in the future. We have some recommendations for the user group over the next six months.
|Strengths identified by the committee:
|Concerns identified by the committee:
|Decision from WMF|
Many thanks to the committee for this recommendation and to the Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil for your patience and work during the application process. The committee has offered some very positive comments about your team's potential to achieve impact and your impressive past work, and yet has expressed some specific concerns.
Accordingly, I am approving the committee's recommendation to fund this grant in the amount of $20,000 for 6 months. We ask that you submit a revised budget within 15 days of the start of your grant term. In line with the committee's recommendations, we ask that you do not include funding for professional services for data extraction or training and that you limit funding for streaming the one day training to $1,000. This means that you will have some surplus funding that you can allocate to organizing some trainings for your teams in these areas (per the committee's suggestions) or that you can allocate to other program activities (pending approval).
As noted in your eligibility assessment, we have specific requirements that apply to any informal group that we grant funds to in Brazil, and you must adhere to these requirements if you want to receive your grant. These will include the monthly submission of bank statements and a transaction log, and the establishment of a bank account used solely for the purposes of administering your group's grant funds. Janice and I can walk you through these requirements in detail when we process your grant. Also as noted in your eligibility assessment, we expect your group and its members to adhere to friendly space expectations and appropriately address violations if they occur. This is a condition of your grant agreement, and it applies to any group receiving a grant.
I realize that this process may not have been easy, and also that it may be disappointing to read that the committee has recommended less funding than you requested. I remain committed to working together with you on future grant applications to get the best results possible. Over the next six months, I suggest that we focus on capacity building in the area of budgeting. My colleague James Baldwin (Community Finance Analyst) has offered to consult with us on this topic during your grant. WMF staff and some of our committee members can also support your group in the area of governance, to help you do the foundational work needed to support your future growth.
We admire that work your group is doing in Brazil, and the commitment of your group members. We know that you have accomplished a lot so far, and we look forward to following your work and your achievements during the grant period!
Working on itEdit
@Kirill Lokshin and Wolliff (WMF): We appreciate recommendations that have been made. We are working on an adjusted proposal, that should be ready soon. We appreciate the offer for support from the WMF to improve our budgeting and governance skills. --Joalpe (talk) 23:32, 30 June 2017 (UTC)
Reviewed versions of simple APG project and budgetEdit
Hi. We are providing below new versions of the simple APG proposal and the associated budget for the Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil. We have strictly followed recommendations from the committee and program officers. Let us know if there is anything else we should work on.
- Many thanks, Joalpe! We are impressed by your swift work to revise the budget. We find that the revisions included are consistent with the committee's recommendations, and thank you for attending to those carefully. This revised budget is approved! Best, Winifred Olliff (WMF Program Officer) talk 17:42, 11 July 2017 (UTC)
Hello Wolliff (WMF). This is a just a quick note to let you know our midpoint report is ready for your assessment. Interestingly, though we have not received any funding yet (at least to my knowledge), most of what we were hoping to accomplish this term has been done, and we have also reported on unexpected activities. Please, let us know if there is anything you feel we should provide more information on. --Joalpe (talk) 00:58, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
Extending the funding periodEdit
As discussed, due to our delay in receiving the funding, we request a one month extension to the funding period. So that it ends in January 31 2018.