Grants:PEG/Grant Advisory Committee

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Grant Advisory Committee

The Grant Advisory Committee (GAC) has two fundamental goals:

1. To help the Foundation evaluate grant requests.

2. To encourage and mentor groups to:

  • learn about the Wikimedia Project and Event Grants program;
  • create compelling project plans with an emphasis on strategic alignment and measurable goals;
  • request funding for those projects by submitting grant proposals.




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GAC members speak many languages. If you have questions about the PEG program, we encourage you to reach out to a GAC member that speaks your language. (N) = native speaker; (4) = near-native; (3) = advanced; (2) = intermediate; (1) = basic.

Current members[edit]

User name Name Affiliation Languages Since
Ilario Ilario Valdelli WMCH Italiano (N); English, Français (3); Deutsch (2); Spanish (2) 2011-06-03
Kiril Simeonovski Kiril Simeonovski WMMK македонски јазик (N); српскохрватски, English (4); Deutsch, български език (3); русским языком (2) 2011-06-03
Lankiveil WMAU English (N); Gaeilge (1) 2011-06-03
Packa Pavel Hrdlička WMCZ čeština (N); Deutsch (2), English (2) 2011-06-03
Polimerek Tomasz Ganicz WMPL Polski (N); English (3); русским языком (1) 2011-06-03
Solstag MCL Português (N); English (4); Italiano , Español (2); العربية, Français (1) 2011-06-03
ProtoplasmaKid WMMX Español (N); Português (3); English (2) 2012-07-24
Namayan Roel Balingit WMPH Tagalog/Filipino (N); English (4) 2012-07-24
Nasir8891 Nasir Khan Saikat WMBD বাংলা ভাষার (N); English (4) 2012-07-24
3BRBS WMCL Español (N); English (4) 2012-07-24
MikyM Mile Kiš WMRS српски / srpski (N); English (3) 2012-07-24
Alleycat80 NLIGuy Ido WMIL עברית (N); English (4) 2012-07-24
80686 Manuel Schneider WMAT Alemannisch, Deutsch (N); English (4); Français, Svenska (1) 2013-08-31
MADe Maarten D. WMZA Nederlands, West-vlams (N); English (4); Français, Afrikaans, (3); Português (2); Lwesizulu (1) 2013-08-31
Kevin Gorman Kevin Gorman ENWP English (N) 2013-08-31
Aegis Maelstrom Michał Buczyński WMPL Polski (N); English (4); Deutsch (2); Svenska (1) 2013-08-31
Danny B. cs & sk sister projects českého jazyka (N); English (4); Slovensky, Français (3); русски (1) 2013-08-31
Léna WMFr Français (N); English (3) 2014-04-01
Indexum Gheorghe Zugravu ROWP Române (N); English, русски (4); Deutsch, Français, українською (1) 2014-04-01
Shipmaster ARWP العربية (N); English (4); Français (2) 2014-04-01


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join the committee

We invite Wikimedians who meet the criteria to become members during an open call period 1-2 times a year. Membership is for a 1-year term, which is renewable.

To be considered for membership:

  1. Review the membership criteria below and make sure you meet them.
  2. Review the committee's tasks and make sure you're willing and able to fulfill them.
  3. Add your name to the list of candidates. Please include a brief statement about your background and Wikimedia involvement, demonstrating how you meet the criteria.
  4. Wait for the next open call for new members. This typically happens in the Spring and Fall of each year.
tasks
  1. Provide feedback on grant proposals: Review new grant proposals, engaging in talk page discussions to help improve them and asking questions to ensure that sufficient information is provided and that goals and estimates are realistic.
  2. Review finalized proposals: Once revisions to the proposal have been made, score proposals and give feedback to applicants. Members are not expected to engage on every proposal, but are encouraged to engage as much as possible and at least once every two months.
  3. Recommend proposals for funding: Wikimedia Foundation staff will take GAC input into account, and will only make a decision about open grant proposals after at least some GAC members have commented and scored.
membership criteria

Mandatory:

  1. Experience with the Wikimedia movement and at least one Wikimedia project.
  2. Experience with some aspect of Wikimedia programmatic or project-based work, e.g. editor engagement, outreach, events, partnerships, research, education.
  3. Ability to edit basic wiki-markup (grant proposal discussions are largely conducted on meta-wiki).
  4. Reasonable facility with English, for reviewing and discussing grant proposals.
  5. In good community- and legal- standing (not currently blocked or banned, involved in allegations of unethical financial behavior, etc).
  6. Experience handling externally provided money and working with and within budgets, preferably in a non-profit context.
  7. Ability to actively engage in the review process at least once every 2 months. Members who have not engaged for at least two months will be asked privately if they're still interested in serving on the GAC. GAC membership of those who do not step down but who remain inactive for another month will lapse and be terminted.

Preferable:

  1. Experience leading, coordinating, or managing projects with an intended on-wiki impact.
  2. Experience applying for grants or working in grants programs (in the Wikimedia, academic, or wider non-profit world).
  3. Experience with organizational issues, including governance, due diligence, accountability processes, auditing, and finance.
  4. Ability to read and write in multiple languages.

Acceptable

  1. Members may apply for Project and Event Grants themselves, but they will recuse themselves from reviewing their proposal.
  2. Membership does not conflict with membership in other Wikimedia committees, except for the Funds Dissemination Committee.

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Would you like to join the committee? Add yourself to the list of candidates here!

Candidates who are determined to meet the criteria will be added and notified during the next open call for new members.



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