The Conference & Event Grants program provides funding and planning support to groups or organizations to host local or regional conferences that bring Wikimedians together for experience sharing, skill building, and networking.
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.