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Overview edit

1. In order to support community review, please provide a brief description of your organization's work in the upcoming funding period.
  • In the upcoming service year (i.e. 1 July 2018—30 June 2018), CIS-A2K[1] would be working towards creating an inclusive Wiki atmosphere in the Indian sub continent during this proposal period. With emphasis on creating safe spaces, promoting gender gap bridging activities A2K team would like to work with all the Indian communities, projects and individuals with interesting ideas and for the overall development of Wikimedia movement. In alignment with the strategic direction of the Wikimedia movement A2K team proposes to conduct activities which will boost Knowledge as Change Agent in redistributing Social Equity. During this proposal period A2K team would work across four crucial areas for the growth and sustainability of Indic communities and projects.
CIS-A2K will devote resources towards Content Enrichment, conducting and supporting Skill Building Initiatives, building sustainable Partnerships and Development of Capacity and Leadership amongst Indic Wikimedians. To achieve these goals we will be adopting a three pronged strategy of:
  Invest on Ideas: Indic Wikimedia communities have a lot of interesting ideas and plans which can boost readership and improve retention. A2K team will also be experimenting with new ideas such as 'Intensive Personal Wiki Training'
  Build on our earlier works: In the previous years CIS-A2K has conducted and supported several programs and initiatives such as Train the Trainer, MediaWiki Training. These activities will build on our strengths and become best practices.
  Ensure retention: It is really important to provide support to new and existing Wikimedians in order to ensure retention. CIS-A2K would conduct and support a series of events such as Wikipedia workshops, Wikidata workshop,s Train-the-Trainer, Technical Training, Wikisource conference, in order to achieve this goal
CIS-A2K would work to improve the ratio of retention and device programs with in-built strategy to keep editors and readers engaged with Wikimedia projects.

Content Enrichment Activities

  • Diversifying Coverage
  • Bridging the Gender Gap;
Skill Building Activities
  • Train the Trainer
  • MediaWiki Training (Technical Training)

Partnerships Development

  • Wikipedia Education Program,
  • Optimization of Opportunities
Leadership Building
  • Global Engagements,
  • Communities of Interest
Each of these work plan verticals propose several activities, such as:
  • in Content Enrichment, we are proposing activities like Edit-a-thons and Wikisource activities;
  • in Skill Building Initiatives, we are proposing activities like Train-the-Trainer, MediaWiki Training, and Wikidata workshop
  • In Partnership, we are proposing activities like content donation, Global engagement-related activities and
  • In Leadership, we are proposing activities like Wikisource Conference, Wikimedia Conference (India) etc.

The plan is presented in the following inforgraphic:

We have taken care to address feedback received by the FDC committee during the last proposal and have also incorporated changes suggested by community members during the last proposal period.
Our effort in this proposal is to produce a clear and comprehensive proposal that brings to light the challenges and opportunities present amongst the Indian communities.

2. Name, fiscal year, and funding period.
  • Legal name of organization: The Centre for Internet and Society
  • Organization's fiscal year: 1 April – 31 March
  • 12-month funding period requested: 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019
  • Currency requested: Indian rupee (INR)
  • Name of primary contact: Tanveer Hasan

3. Amount requested.

Table 1

Currency requested US$
Total expenses for the upcoming year 16,315,663[2]
APG funding requested for the upcoming year 14,888,963
Amount of funding received from WMF for the current year 12,000,000

4. How does your organization know what community members and contributors to online projects need or want? Does your organization conduct needs assessments or consult the contributors and volunteers most involved with its work?
  • CIS-A2K team has always strived to be in touch with the community members and understand their needs to better perform our role as a catalyst organisation. We engage with communities and individual community members in various capacities.
After conducting Wiki-events (such as Train-the-Trainer, MediaWiki, workshops), CIS-A2K takes detailed feedback of the participants to know what went well, what did not go well, and how it could be improved.
A2K team has initiated an India level IRC to discuss projects, ideas and possible interventions within the Indic Wikimedians. The IRC engagement has consistently involved more than 20 Wikimedians and has been a platform for suggestions, feedback and possible projects to be taken up by A2K and WMF.
In continuation with our earlier practice, we have developed a customised needs assessment form (across language communities) for feedback on our performance, areas of improvement and new ideas to be taken up on board. This exercise of needs assessment not only gives us insight regarding the health of the community but also insights into the mood of the community and areas priorotised by the communities. We have received the following responses:
During the current proposal period A2K team has hosted and facilitated strategy salons which gave us an unique opportunity to align our (A2K and Indic communities work) with the Movement Strategy. Our conversations with community members, open source contributors and other movement leaders have helped us in understanding the big picture of Indian Open Knowledge network. Our proposal for the current funding period will reflect on these insights and we have developed programs with the help of these insights.
Apart from the above mentioned mechanisms, A2K team also receives feedback and engages with communities during events and meet-ups. We have conducted informal one on one discussions during the Train-the-Trainer event and have tried to implement suggestions offered both for the event and for the A2K program.

5. Please provide a link to your organization's strategic plan, and a link to your separate annual plans for the current and upcoming funding periods if you have them.
Current year Upcoming year
Annual work plan (including budget) CIS-A2K/Work plan July 2017 - June 2018 CIS-A2K/Work plan July 2018 - June 2019
Community discussion around annual plan Talk:CIS-A2K/Work plan July 2017 - June 2018 Talk:CIS-A2K/Work plan July 2018 - June 2019
Strategic plan CIS-A2K/Strategic plan June 2016 - July 2018
Annual report (including financial report)

Financials: current year edit

The purpose of this section is to give the FDC an idea of how your organization is receiving funds and spending funds toward your current plan. Your current funding period is the funding period now in progress (e.g. 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016 for most organizations).

Table 2

Financials for the current funding period
Revenues or expenses Planned (budgeted) Actual, until one month before the proposal due date Projected
Currency requested US dollars Currency requested US dollars Currency requested US dollars
Revenues (from all sources) 12,000,000 180,000 9,229,587 139,438.05 12,000,000+156,500 180,000+ 2,347.5
Expenses 12,000,000 180,000 4,336,446 65,046.69 12,454,000 186,810

Table 2 notes:

Programs: upcoming year's annual plan edit

This section is about your organization's programs. A program is a defined set of activities that share the same objectives and a similar theory of change. Please share the general goal of each program, and then list the specific objectives that the program will meet. Please do not include information about your organization's operating activities in this section. You may provide information about activities like administration, staff and board training, fundraising, governance, and internal IT in another section or in a supplementary document, but please do not include these activities here as programs.

1. For each program, and overall
  • Include targets for each of the three shared measures for each program, and overall. If one or more of these required metrics are not relevant to any of your programs, please consult your program officer.
  • Also choose at least two grantee-defined metrics to highlight in this section, and include targets for each of these grantee-defined metrics for each program, and overall. (Other program-specific metrics may be included in your program objectives, in the detailed program sections below.)

Table 3

Shared metrics

  1. Participants: The number of people who attend your events, programs or activities, either in person or virtually. This definition does not include people organizing activities, social media followers, donors, or others not participating directly.
  2. Newly registered: The number of participants that create new accounts on a Wikimedia project. These include users who register up to two weeks before the start of the event.
  3. Content pages: A content page is an article on Wikipedia, an item on Wikidata, a content page on Wikisource, an entry on Wiktionary, and a media file on Commons, etc. This metric captures the total number of content pages created or improved across all Wikimedia projects.

Grantee-defined metrics

  1. Footprint tracker: CIS-A2K team would like to track the number of outreach events (no one time activity will be included) that are organised by Indic Wikimedians with our support. It is essential that Indic WIkimedians devise programs, consultations and community meet-ups and outreach events that spread awareness related to Wikimedia projects. This metric will also be able to provide useful insights as to support garnered for Wikimedia projects by local bodies and interest shown by communities. Further this metric will help in devising efficient follow-up mechanisms and will avoid 'reinventing the wheel' regarding social events and needs assessment. A2K team would only count one footprint per city per project irrespective of the frequency of follow-up event or multiple venues for the event. This metric would utilise the geograpical distribution of Wikimedians in India and also provide an excellent opportunity for participants of TTT to expand the reach of Wikimedia projects in their communities.
  2. Feedback: This year, we have started a new page CIS-A2K/Feedback, where we'll collect feedback of the participants of or events. Initially we thought to name this page and the metric "Thanks". However, we felt that we should seek both appreciations and constructive criticism and that's why we have named this portal "/Feedback". The main aim of this metric is have detailed feedback from the participants of different Wiki-workshops and events.
Program Participants Newly registered Content pages Footprint tracker Feedback
1 2 3 4 5 6

Table 3 notes:


2. Please list your goals and objectives for each program. Please be sure your objectives meet all three criteria for each program
  • The objectives listed are each SMART: specific, measurable, attainable and relevant, and include time-bound targets.
  • Include both qualitative targets and quantitative targets, and remember to highlight your baseline metrics.
  • Provide any additional information that is important to our understanding of this program. For example, you may include needs assessments, logic models, timelines, tables, or charts. Share how this program will contribute more broadly to movement learning, or explain how your program aligns with important Wikimedia priorities such as increasing participation and improving content on the Wikimedia projects.

Content Enrichment


  • To create high-quality content across different Indic Wikimedian projects such as Wikipedia (articles), Wikimedia Commons (photos), Wikisource (books and pages), Wikidata (items) etc.


  • Conduct and support edit-a-thons and other Wiki-activities related to Wikimeedia content-creation
  • Collaborate with like-minded organizations hold workshops, edit-a-thons
  • Connect the GLAM partners to local Wikimedian communities and help facilitate edit-a-thons and workshops that can make use of the resources available
  • Workshops on different Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikisource (digitization and proofreading) and Wikidata

In order to accomplish this goal, we'll–

  • conduct Wiki-events (such ash edit-a-thon, photowalk, proofreading contest etc.) based on needs-assessment;
  • support (both financially and in programmatic way) Wiki-events and activities (such ash edit-a-thon, photowalk, proofreading contest etc.) initiated and planned by community members;


  • Conduct or support at least 2 massive national-level edit-a-thons, and at least 4 project or language-specific edit-a-thons.
  • Conduct or support at least 4 photowalks.
  • At least 2,200 Wikipedia articles created through the community activities and events
  • At least 1,8000 Wikipedia articles improved through community activities and events
  • At least 1,000 photographs uploaded on Wikimedia Commons
  • At least 1,000 Wikidata items created or improved
  • At least 100,000 Wikisource folios uploaded and over 5000 proofread

SD edit

Skill Development Initiatives

Skill development initiatives are important to support and empower a Wikimedia community. CIS-A2K, like the previous years, will focus on conducting and supporting Skill-building activities. CIS-A2K would conduct and support a series of Wiki-workshops, and Wiki-events in order to support Indian Wikimedians to improve their Wiki-skill. These Wiki-workshops and Wiki-events (are or) will be conducted based on communities' need, request, and consensus, and will be of both national, state, and city-level.

  • To strengthen Indian Wikimedians by conducting and supporting Wiki-workshops and events, so that they can contribute to the Wikimedia projects and Wikimedia movement.
  • To develop and encourage leadership qualities among experienced Indian Wikimedians, so that they can inspire others to contribute to the movement.
  • Improve Wiki-skill of Indian Wikimedians;
  • Groom leadership skills among Indic Wikimedians by conducting workshop like Train the Trainer;
  • Encourage Indian Wikimedians to participate in MediaWiki and Phabricator-related works by conducting wiki-events like MediaWiki Training
  • Increase participation in projects like Wikidata, Wikisource, Wiktionary, Wikivoyage etc.
  • Conduct national-level conferences where all Indian-language Wikimedians get an open and shared space to interact with each other and share each other's learning
  • Empowering (financially and non-financially) community initiated Wikipedia workshops and other Wiki-events
  • Conduct Intensive Personalized Wiki Training sessions. Intensive Personalized Wiki Training (or IPWT, pronounced as EepWeeTee) is a project where CIS-A2K attempts to provide support to communities and individuals based on their need. Unlike Train-the-Trainer, this is not a national-level program, and support is provided to individual communities and Wikimedians. This program has two objectives: a) provide dedicated and persolaized support to Indian Wikimedians, and b) explore training capability of Indian Wikimedians. There are several Wikimedians whose Wiki-knowledge and experience might be of great help for other communities, however for logistical and other reasons this experience has not been explored properly. The first support of this kind was in Maharashtra in February 2017 for Marathi Wikimedians, where Bengali Wikimedian User:Bodhisattwa traveled to Pune to train advanced Wikisource topics. After that and specially during Train-the-Trainer 2018, a necessity was felt to conduct such events.
  • Train-the-Trainer: a residential Wiki-workshop with an objective to groom leadership skills among Indic Wikimedians. Involve at least 20 Indic Wikimedians from 8 communities. CIS-A2K would support at least 4 ideas planned or discussed during the workshop or by the partcipants.
  • Regional TTT and MWT: At least 4 regional TTT and MWT will be conducted in the coming work plan year. There will be at least 42 participants. In an attempt to bridge gender gap, we'll try to ensure that at least 20% of the participants are women.
  • MediaWiki Training: This year, CIS-A2K would conduct an advanced-level MediaWiki Training with at least 10 active participants.
  • Wikisource National Conference: a national-level idea-exchange and learning platform for active Indian Wikisource editors. There will be at least 16 participants from 8 Indian Wikisource communities.
  • Wikimedia Conference (India): Wikimedia Conference is an annual meeting/conference of representatives of Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia India, Indic Wikimedia User Groups, community representatives, and CIS-A2K. The conference is inspired by and is an Indian version of Wikimedia Conference. This conclave serves as an idea exchange platform and will yield insights for all the participating organizations, communities, and groups working in India for the development of the movement. The first iteration of the conference was conducted in March 2018 (please see Wikimedia Conference (India).
    This year CIS-A2K wants to conduct the second iteration of the conference. There will be at least 12 participants from all the leading communities, representing Indian Wikimedia projects in the annual Wikimedia Conference.
  • At least 6 Intensive Personalized Wiki Training or IPWT training sessions where at least 4 community members be will invited as resource person, at least 12 Indian Wikimedians will be participating. As a measure to bridge gender gap, we'll make sure at least 25% of the participants are female.

Train-the-Trainer is a flagship event of CIS-A2K. This year also we are proposing Train-ther-Trainer. The following infographic presents statistics related to the past iterations.




CIS-A2K is currently working with Educational institutions, and like-minded organizations to improve the Wikimedia movement. This year, A2K is going to continue the work with existing partnerships who sustain interest to work with Open and free knowledge movement. During last plan period, A2K approached and could identify areas to collaborate and synergy, this is resulting building collaborations with Educational Organisations, Government Department etc..

  • To establish content and training focused partnerships with research organisations.
  • To work with organisations that will support Wikimedians projects by providing in kind support regarding venue, resources and documentation support.
  • To collaborate with like-minded institutions and organisation to improve Wikimedia-related content and the project's reach;
  • Build sustainable partnerships and re-imagine and further improve existing partnerships;
  • Increase resources available for Wikimedia projects in India and in Indian languages;
  • Long term support to Wikimedians regarding resources and infrastructure.
  • Scaling up initiatives such as 100 Wiki days which is seen as individual volunteer activity to a community activity.
  • Provide access to Wikimedians to high quality current research and other resources via educational institutions.
  • Address the burden of arranging of physical meeting space and other requirements under in kind support of institutions.
  • Collaboration with like minded Open Knowledge organisations for optimisation of resources and opportunities.
  • Year-long Wiki-educational events at Christ Univeristy, where at least 800 students will participate in Wikipedia Education Program, Certificate course, or internship. The students will be working on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikisource, and Wikidata. We expect at least



In addition to Skill-development initiatives CIS-A2K would work on other areas which would enrich leadership quality of Indian Wikimedians.

  • To groom Indic Wikimedians as global ambassadors for their communities;
  • To reduce possibility of burn out of experienced Wikimedians
  • Indic Wikimedians are aware of policies and objectives of both grant application preocess and grant disbursal process.
  • To ensure that Indic Wikimedians achievements are professionally documented and presented in the appropriate forums (mailing lists, global events…)
  • To develop the culture of multi lingual collaboration across projects and sharing of best practices.

Staff and contractors: upcoming year's annual plan edit

1. Please describe your organization's staffing plan or strategy here, and provide a link to your organization's staffing plan or organogram if you have one.
2. List of staff by department or function.
You can use this table (or substitute your own list) to show us the number of FTEs (fulltime equivalents) for each department or function, where one person working at 100% time would be counted as 1.0. We need this information about the total number of staff (FTEs) you plan to have by the end of the current funding period, and staff you plan to have by the end of the upcoming funding period.

Table 4

Department or function End of current funding period End of upcoming funding period Explanation of changes
Program Director 1 1 Sunil Abraham, the Executive Director of the Centre for Internet and Society, will remain our Program Director
Program Manager 1 1 Tanveer Hasan will continue as the Program Manager this year
Sr. Program Officer 1 1 Tito Dutta will work for this position
Program Officer 0 1 Currently, we do not have a communication officer to take care about blogs, newsletters, communication, social media channel handling. This is an important post, not only for the program's communication, but also, to highlight and promote the best achievements and activities of Indian Wikimedia communities and Wikimedians. We'll appoint an eligible person for this position.
Community Advocates 4 5 We are working with Punjabi Wikimedia community, and we need a Community Advocate to support and strengthen the project
Program Associate 1 1 CIS-A2K, currently, has a Program Associate, providing support towards the Wikipedia Education Program and Statistics analysis (such as metrics, cohort etc.) of the program. We propose to continue with this position.
Finance Officer 0 1 For accounts and auditing purpose. We'll appoint experienced and eligible person, who will take care of the accounts and financial area of the program.
Intern 1 1 For bridging gender gap research.
Total (should equal the sum of the rows): 9 12

Table 4 notes or explanation of significant changes:

3. How much does your organization plan to spend on staff by the end of the current funding period, in currency requested and US dollars?
4. How much does your organization plan to spend on staff by the end of the upcoming funding period, in currency requested and US dollars?

Financials: upcoming year edit

Detailed budget: upcoming year edit

Please link to your organization's detailed budget showing planned revenues and expenses for the upcoming funding period (e.g. 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017). This may be a document included on this Wiki (Meta) or a publicly available spreadsheet.

Revenues: upcoming year edit

Please use this table to list your organization's anticipated revenues (income, or the amount your organization is bringing in) by revenue source (where the revenue is coming from) in the upcoming funding period (e.g. 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017).

  • Use the status column to show if this funding is already guaranteed, if you are in the process of requesting funding, or if you are planning to request funding at a later time.
  • Please include in-kind donations and resources in this table, as applicable, and use the status column to show that they are in-kind resources.
  • Do not include money you plan to draw from your reserves during the upcoming funding period.

Table 5

Anticipated revenues for the upcoming funding period
Revenue source Currency requested US dollars Status (e.g. guaranteed, application)

Wikimedia Foundation 14,888,963 Proposal and work plan submitted to Wikimedia Foundation
Telangana Government, India 66,700
In-Kind support 360,000
Google CSR Donations - -
Program Director salary in-kind 1,000,000 -
Total revenues (should equal the sum of the rows): -

Table 5 notes: If your organization has significant funding other than FDC funds, please note how those funds will be used.

Operating reserves: current and upcoming years edit

Please note that there is a policy that places restrictions on how much FDC funding your organization can use to build its operating reserves. If you would like to use FDC funding to for your organization's reserves, you must note that here. You will not be able to decide to allocate FDC funding from this grant to your reserves at a later date.

1. What is your plan for maintaining, building, or spending your reserves in the current year and the upcoming funding period? Please use the table below to show the amounts in your reserves at the beginning, year-to-date, and end of your current year, and the amount you plan to have in your reserves by the end of the upcoming funding period.

Table 6

Year Year start Year start (US) Year-to-date Year-to-date (US) Year end Year end (US)
Current year (e.g. 2017) 0 0 0 0 0
Upcoming year (e.g. 2018) - - - - 0 0
2. How much FDC funding is your organization requesting to add to your reserves in the upcoming funding period? If you are not requesting any FDC funding to add to your reserves in the upcoming funding period, you can write zero.
  • We are not requesting FDC funding to add to our reserves in the upcoming funding period.

Expenses: upcoming year's annual plan edit

1. Expenses by program (excludes staff and operations).
Program expenses are the costs associated specifically with your organization's programs, and do not include operating expenses or staff salaries, which will be described in separate tables. Program expenses may be the costs of an event, the costs of outreach materials specific to a program, budgets for microgrants and reimbursements, or technical costs associated with specific programs, for example. The programs listed in this table should correspond to the programs you have listed in the programs section of this proposal form.

Table 7

Budget for FLA Currency requested US dollars
Content Enrichment 1,675,000 -
Skill Building 2,275,000 -
Partnerships Development 1,675,000 -
Leadership Building 2,425,000 -
Total program expenses (should equal the sum of the rows) 8,050,000 -

Table 7 notes: If your organization has significant funding designated for specific programs (e.g. a restricted grant), please make a note of that here.

2. Total expenses. Please use this table to summarize your organization's total expenses overall.
These are divided into three categories: (1) staff expenses from Table 4 (including expenses for staff working on both programs and operations), (2) expenses for programs from Table 7 (does not include staff expenses or operations expenses), and (3) expenses for operations (does not include staff expenses or program expenses). Be sure to check the totals in this table to make sure they are consistent with the totals in the other tables you have submitted with this form. For example, your total program expenses excluding staff will be equal to the total in Table 7, while your total staff expenses will be equal to the total in Table 4 and your total expenses will be equal to the total in Table 1.

Table 8

Expense type Currency requested US dollars
Program expenses (total from Table 7, excludes staff) 8,550,000 2
Operations (excludes staff and programs) 2,050,000 4
Upcoming staff total expenses (from Table 4) 4,288,963+(1,000,00+426,700)[3]= 5,715,663
Total expenses (should equal the sum of the rows) 16,315,663 8

Table 8 notes:

Verification and signature edit

Please enter "yes" or "no" for the verification below.

The term “political or legislative activities” includes any activities relating to political campaigns or candidates (including the contribution of funds and the publication of position statements relating to political campaigns or candidates); voter registration activities; meetings with or submissions and petitions to government executives, ministers, officers or agencies on political or policy issues; and any other activities seeking government intervention or policy implementation (like “lobbying”), whether directed toward the government or the community or public at large. General operating support through the FDC may not be used to cover political and legislative activities, although you may make a separate grant agreement with the WMF for these purposes.
I verify that no funds from the Wikimedia Foundation will be used
for political or legislative activities except as permitted by a grant agreement

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  2. This amount included in-kind support of INR 1,426,700
  3. In-kind support