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Regional report: CEE Spring grant proposal has been submitted[edit]

By Spiritia

In accordance with the rules of Project Grants program, on 31 January the grant proposal for organization of this year's CEE Spring article contest was submitted within the deadline. While preparing it, the international organizing team borrowed the basic budgetary frame, general concept and measures of success from the 2017 grant proposal, and in the weeks to come will work with the local communities to tune some other finer details concerning the topics, and progress measuring and reporting. The team is discussing how to integrate the feedback provided by local communities while preparing the final report of the contest last year, mainly in terms of timeframe, and weekly distribution of topics. One of the things that differ this year's project from the previous editions, is that in 2018 the grant proposal was formally proposed on behalf of four individual Wikimedians, from Austria, Bulgaria, Latvia and Romania, as a manifestation of the true spirit of cross-border collaboration of CEE Spring.

In 2018, the international organizing team was joined by Strainu (Romania), while Ата (Ukraine) and Алиса Селезньова (Bulgaria) left it due to other time-demanding commitments. While hoping that all local coordinators from 2017 will remain available to serve the competition again, we encourage other volunteers to join us in making CEE Spring even more productive and enjoyable regional initiative.

In the last hours of the proposal preparation, we were struck with shock and grief from the news about the untimely passing away of our colleague and friend Krzysztof Machocki, Halibutt from Poland. We decided to dedicate this year's efforts to his memory as a token of respect and appreciation to a Wikimedian deeply engaged in the CEE history, culture and regional wiki collaboration.