Grantmaking and Programs
Introduction to Grantmaking and Programs 
Grantmaking and Programs encompasses parts of the department formerly known as Global Development. User:ASengupta (WMF) and User:Frank Schulenburg co-lead this team. This team runs WMF's grantmaking processes and is responsible for evaluating movement programs, including those funded by grants. In addition, Mobile and the Wikipedia Education Program are led by this team.
Frank Schulenburg User:Frank_Schulenburg is Senior Director of Programs.
Mobile and offline 
To achieve Wikimedia Foundation's strategic objectives to increase mobile page views, strengthen growth in the Global South and among female contributors, and retaining editors while engaging new editors, Wikimedia Foundation's mobile team is working to expand our audience in the Global South by partnering with mobile carriers there.
For a list of Wikimedia staff working on mobile projects visit Mobile_Projects/Team. From Grantmaking & Programs, Kul Wadhwa User:Kul, Head of Business Development, Amit Kapoor User:Akapoor (WMF), Mobile Partnerships, and Dan Foy, Mobile Technical Manager are working on mobile projects. Asaf Bartov User:Ijon and Jessie Wild User:jwild help with community-led offline projects.
- You can find a summary of our work in mobile here on Meta: Mobile Projects
- For more information, please visit the Mobile Gateway.
- Read more about our Mobile Strategy here: Mobile_Projects/strategy
- Visit Mobile_Projects/Zero for an overview of Wikipedia Zero.
- Visit Offline_Projects/Projects_Overview for an overview of offline projects.
Catalyst programs and regional programs 
In 2010, WMF focused on supporting the growth of Wikimedia projects in three priority regions: Brazil, India, and Arabic language countries. These Catalyst program model were intended to both achieve direct impact and serve to generate important lessons on ways to support growth in geographies where Wikimedia's projects are not yet achieving their full potential.
For more information, see Catalyst Program Strategy.
Brazil programs 
Oona Castro User:Ocastro is heading up the Brazil programs work as a consultant with WMF. Everton Zanella Averenga User:Ezalvarenga is a contractor coordinating an education pilot program in the country until May 2013, but he is going to give support to the organization after that. WMF is seeking to increase readership in Brazil and support the Brazilian community of editors. For information on our work to date in Brazil see Brazil Program.
India programs 
Visit Access To Knowledge to read more about WMF's partnership with the Centre for Internet and Society to support activities in India.
Arabic language initiative 
Visit Arabic Language Initiative (ALI) page for more information about related projects and meeting. No direct work is now going on within the ALI. You can also check the project page on Arabic Wikipedia.
Education programs 
The Wikipedia Education Program is currently active in Brazil, Egypt, Canada, and the United States: "The Wikipedia Education Program's vision is to mobilize and empower the next generation of human-knowledge generators to contribute to Wikimedia projects."
The team includes the Wikipedia Education Program Manager, LiAnna Davis User:Ldavis (WMF), the Global Education Program Communications Manager, and Jami Mathewson User:JMathewson (WMF), the U.S. Education Program Associate (a consultant).
The programs in India(?!), Brazil and the Arabic language countries are implemented in partnership with our consultants in those regions. Nitika in India and Everton in Brazil are the local coordinators.
Information about Wikimedia's education program can be found on the Outreach wiki and elsewhere:
- For general information about this program, please visit the Wikipedia Education Program's hubpage on outreach wiki: outreach:Wikipedia_Education_Program
- Information about the Brazil pilot can be found on the Portuguese Wikipedia: pt:Wikipédia:Wikipédia na Universidade
- Information about programs in Canada, the United States and India can be found on the English Wikipedia: w:WP:CANADAEDU, w:Wikipedia:USEDU
- For information about the Cairo pilot, visit the Arabic Wikipedia: ar:ويكيبيديا:برنامج_ويكيميديا_للتعليم/مناهج_دراسية
- Information about the Macedonian program is on Wikimedia Macedonia's website
Grantmaking and Evaluation 
Led by Anasuya Sengupta, Senior Director of Grantmaking, this program encompasses WMF grantmaking streams, including Funds Dissemination Committee and Wikimedia Grants Program. It also encompasses Global South Relationships and Priority Partnerships - which includes work particularly targeted in Brazil and India. These teams - along with the Programs team - are supported by the Learning & Evaluation team which helps monitor the impact of the work being done across the movement.
The grantmaking team work closely with WMF's legal, finance, admin, and executive teams and is closely aligned with Grantmaking and Programs' learning and evaluation work.
What we are trying to accomplish 
|The Grantmaking team increases the quantity, quality, diversity, and reach of free knowledge by supporting mission-allied organizations and people around the world.|
We make grants to individuals, groups and organizations working on building community and growing content on Wikimedia related projects and sites - Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, WikiSource, Wiktionary and other sister projects - as well as related open knowledge projects.
We want to empower our grant recipients to:
- plan and execute effective and innovative initiatives focused on Wikimedia projects
- share ideas, strategies and innovations with the wider movement
- have strong and effective governance, including fiscal accountability
- increase and diversify participation in free knowledge within their communities
We do this through:
- providing GUIDANCE during the application process
- distributing FUND$
- enabling CAPACITY BUILDING
- developing frameworks for LEARNING, evaluation and impact
- building RELATIONSHIPS with potential partners and allies
WMF Grants Program 
2012-2013 is the Wikimedia Foundation Grants Program's fourth year of grantmaking to support movement groups. In 2011-12 we funded 52 requests totaling close to USD 970,000. The Wikimedia Foundation is funds mission-aligned innovation-focused programs and activities through our grants program. See, Grants:Index for more information about the program or see Grants:Index/Requests for a complete list of grant submissions. User:Ijon and User:Wolliff work with the Grant Advisory Committee to support this program.
Funds Dissemination Committee Staff 
The Grantmaking and Programs team supports the work of the Funds Dissemination Committee. The FDC Senior Program Officer Katy Love leads this team, with support from User:ASengupta (WMF), User:Wolliff and User:AVrana, and in close collaboration with WMF's finance and legal teams.
Other Volunteer Support Programs 
This includes the Participation:Support program (operated jointly with WMDE) as well as programs currently in development to support volunteer projects through grants and reimbursements. User:Wolliff and User:Sbouterse (WMF) are active in this area, along with User:Nicole_Lieger_(WMDE). User:Haithams manages the Editor Growth and Contribution Program.
Learning and evaluation 
User:Jwild, Senior Manager and User:Evan (WMF), Data Analytics Manager, are leading our work in this area, along with Research Strategist contractor User:Jmorgan (WMF). The Learning & Evaluation group guides the entire Grantmaking & Programs team in executing effective grants through ongoing analysis, learning and evaluation support, specifically by:
- Informing our grant-making
- Assessing our effectiveness in grant-making
- Monitoring the effectiveness of our grantee partners and portfolios of grants
- Evaluating specific programs
- Sharing relevant experiences and lessons within the team and community
Link to past work in this area (Global Development Research):
- 2011 Editors Survey: Research:Wikipedia Editors Survey 2011
- 2011 Readers Survey: Research:Wikipedia Mobile Readers Survey 2011
- 2011 Mobile Readers Survey: Research:Wikipedia Mobile Readers Survey 2011
- 2011 Mobile User Experience Research from India and Brazil Research:Wikipedia Mobile User Research
- 2012 Outreach Evaluation Tool Research:Outreach Evaluation
- 2012 Global Education Program Evaluation and Metrics Research: Global Education Program Evaluation
- WMF Global Development year in review and road ahead, 2011 posted July 2011
- WMF Global Development Midyear report 2011-12 posted January 2012
You can follow the Grantmaking and Programs team's work on the Wikimedia Foundation blog