An important aspect of the Wikimedia Foundation’s funding programs is the role that volunteer committees have in providing both guidance and support to applicants as well as making decisions about how movement funds should be distributed. Based on the movement strategy recommendations, we maintain committees that enable communities in each region and thematic experts to have a central role in setting priorities and allocating funds for specific types of initiatives. Each of these processes benefits greatly from existing expertise, new ideas, and awareness of required skills and circumstances for local communities.
The application period for Regional Committees has ended, and we received 98 applications across the seven regions! We are currently going through the eligibility review process and will announce the new committee members by the beginning of August 2021.
One of the key areas of the new strategy is the importance of enabling local communities to take more responsibility and ownership for setting priorities in their regions, allocating funds for specific types of initiatives, and ensuring the involvement of allied partner organisations. Each of these processes benefits greatly from existing expertise, new ideas, and awareness of required skills for local communities.
We will begin with 7 regional committees to lead our participatory processes. To learn more about the committees go here. For more information about each regional committee, please review the following links:
- Middle East and Africa
- South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)
- East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP)
- Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean
- United States and Canada
- Northern and Western Europe
- Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and Central Asia
To assess global projects or specific thematic projects we propose having an internal ad-hoc or subcommittee of the regional committees with the right expertise to discuss proposals that do not fit into the regional identification factor.
The Community Resources team also plans to develop committees for both the Wikimedia Alliance Fund as well as the Wikimedia Research and Technology Fund. The two program committees will function collaboratively with the regional committees when assessing applications based in their regions. More details will be provided as we come closer to the launch of both of these two funds.