Grant Advisory Committee
Since June 2011, the Foundation's Wikimedia Project and Event Grants program involves a Grant Advisory Committee, made up of volunteers from the Wikimedia community. The role of the GAC is to provide feedback on grant proposals – helping to improve applications and projects for which funding is sought, ensuring that sufficient information is provided and that estimates or goals are realistic – and generally to advise applicants and the Foundation on improving grants and the grants process.
The GAC has two fundamental goals:
1. To encourage and mentor chapters and other groups to:
- learn about and understand the Wikimedia Project and Event Grants program;
- draw up compelling project plans with an emphasis on strategic alignment and measurable goals;
- request funding for those programs by submitting grant proposals.
2. To help the Foundation evaluate requested grants, not by a yes/no vote, but by deliberation and evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of individual proposals on the talk page of each proposal.
Members are tasked with the following:
- To peruse requests. The committee's attention will be pointed to new grant requests by Asaf Bartov, who manages the Wikimedia Project and Event Grants program at the Foundation. It is not required that each member of the GAC engage on every proposal, but members are encouraged to engage on as many proposals as possible. Members are expected to evaluate a request and either leave comments and questions on the talk page, declare that they have no objection to the request, or abstain. If the proposal is made by a group the GAC member is affiliated with, GAC members are expected to recuse themselves.
- To offer feedback and to request improvements. This is done in terms of clarity, focus, detail, and goals, on the talk page of the request (or privately if absolutely necessary). Committee members typically ask questions, offer advice or encouragement, or express concerns or point out potential problems.
- To make assessments. This is done on the talk page when a request has stabilized following any appropriate improvements, in terms of the program criteria. Program staff (at the Wikimedia Foundation) will take GAC input into account, and will only make a decision about open grant proposals after at least some GAC members have commented.
A note on attitude
In evaluating requests, please bear the following in mind:
- Grant applicants are offering the Foundation a way to achieve impact through funding their activities. They are not asking for a favor; they are offering a benefit and a service to the Foundation (and the movement)! We appreciate and respect the people who take the time to articulate plans and offer us the chance to make progress on our mission through grantmaking. Even when the offer is ultimately not beneficial enough and we decline to fund it.
- For many applicants, this is the first grant proposal they've ever been involved in. They may not present information very well; they may not express their plan clearly enough. Be patient and forbearing, and remember no one is born a grant-writer. :) Don't compromise on what's important, and by all means point out weaknesses and ask for improvements, but remain civil and respectful.
- Remember that from the applicants' perspective, there is almost unavoidably at least some anxiety involved in the whole application process, until a decision is made. If your questions or comments are seen as disrespectful or dismissive, that anxiety is needlessly and unfairly increased. Try to present your questions and concerns sympathetically; put yourself in the applicants' shoes.
- Béria Lima (WMPT) since July 2011
- Ilario (WMCH) since July 2011
- Kiril Simeonovski (WMMK) since July 2011
- Lankiveil (WMAU) since July 2011
- Mayur (Hindi Wikipedia) since July 2011
- Packa (WMCZ) since July 2011
- Polimerek (WMPL) since July 2011
- Solstag (MCL) since July 2011
- ProtoplasmaKid (WMMX) since July 2012
- Namayan (WMPH) since July 2012
- Nasir Khan Saikat since July 2012
- 3BRBS (WMCL) since July 2012
- NLIGuy since July 2012
- Viswanathan Prabhakaran since July 2012
- Tony1 since July 2012 [can't review until mid next week]
- Itzike since July 2012
- Thuvack (WMZA) since July 2012
- Mile Kiš (WMRS) since July 2012
- Manuel Schneider (WMAT) since August 2013
- Klaas V (ΩW) since August 2013
- Steven Zhang (WMAU) since August 2013
- Maarten D. (WMZA) since August 2013
- Kevin Gorman (English Wikipedia) since August 2013
- Frieda Brioschi (WMIT) since August 2013
- Michał Buczyński (WMPL) since August 2013
- Danny B. (CS and SK sister projects) since August 2013
- Ilya (WMUA) since August 2013
- John Cline (English Wikipedia) since August 2013
- Bduke (WMAU) (resigned February 2012)
- Harel (WMIL) (resigned March 2012)
- Isha (WMAR) (resigned April 2012)
- marctaltor (WMES) (July 2011 – June 2012)
- Mstislavl (WMRU) (July 2011 – August 2012)
- Yuri Perohanych (WMUA) (July–September 2012; resigned due to joining the FDC)
- Abbas (
WMKE) (July 2011 – November 2012)
- Sudhanwa Jogalekar (WMIN) (July 2011 – Jan 2013)
- Cindamuse (July 2012 – February 2013) resigned due to current health concerns
- Katie Chan (WMUK) (July 2012 – February 2013)
- Josepnogue (Amical) (July 2011 – March 2013)
- Surya Prakash.S.A. (July 2012 – March 2013)
- Wifione (July 2012 – March 2013)
- Kirill Lokshin (WMUS-DC) (July 2012 – June 2013)
- Delphine Ménard (July 2012 – June 2013; resigned due to joining the FDC)
- Thomas Souza-Buckup (July 2012 – October 2013)
GAC members who have not engaged on any request for at least three months will be asked privately whether they're still interested in serving on the GAC or whether they would like to step down. GAC membership of those who do not step down but who remain inactive for another month will lapse and be terminated.
Interested in volunteering for the GAC?
- Review the membership criteria and make sure you meet them.
- Add your name to the candidates page. Ideally, also include a brief statement about your background and involvement demonstrating you meet the criteria. To comment on someone's candidacy, please use the talk page.
- Wait until new members are accepted. The next draft for the GAC is scheduled for Jan 1st 2014.