Grants:Conference

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Conference & Event Grants


Conferences and meetings provide unique opportunities for Wikimedians to meet face-to-face (and they are fun!). They can be a very valuable way to share experiences, resolve on-wiki conflicts, build skills, plan future activities, and create goodwill amongst the community. They also require extensive time, energy, and resources from volunteers, staff, and donor funds. The new conference grant proposal process is designed to support advance planning and collaboration so that movement events make the most of the time and money invested in them.

Funding is generally awarded to three broad categories of movement events:

  • Thematic conferences such as Wikisource, GLAM Bootcamp
  • National conferences like WikiConference India
  • Regional affiliate meetings such as WikiArabia, CEE Meeting and Wiki Indaba


Requests for more than $10,000 USD are required to start the application process 6 months before the date of the proposed event. For grants under $2,000 USD, please see the Rapid Grants program.

We encourage you to begin the planning and proposal process 8 to 12 months before your event. Conference grant proposals are accepted three times each year. Requests for more than $10,000 USD must be submitted a minimum of 4 months before the event.

Round 1 2017 schedule

Open call: 30 January – 26 February

Proposal deadline: 26 February

Eligibility review: 27 February – 3 March

Committee review: 4 March – 12 March

Grantees announced: 24 March

Grants disbursed: April 2017

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Round 2 2017 schedule

Open call: 1 May – 28 May

Proposal deadline: 28 May

Eligibility review: 29 May – 2 June

Committee review: 3 June – 11 June

Grantees announced: 23 June

Grants disbursed: July 2017

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Round 3 2017 schedule

Open call: 5 September – 1 October

Proposal deadline: 1 October

Eligibility review: 2 – 6 October

Committee review: 7-15 October

Grantees announced: 27 October

Grants disbursed: November 2017

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Questions? Please email us at conferencegrants@wikimedia.org.