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Individual Engagement Grants
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« Welcome, committee members! New committee candidates are welcome to apply through September 9. »
« please share early feedback on new drafts and ideas during open call » +

round 2 2015 schedule

Proposals accepted: 31 August–29 September

Committee members finalized: 30 September

Community comment requested: 30 September–19 October

Committee review: 20 October – 2 November

Grantees announced: 4 December


Grants disbursed: December 2015 – January 2016

Midpoint reports: April

Final reports: July

2016 +

round 1 2015 schedule (Inspire grantees)

Proposals accepted: 1–31 March

Committee review: 1 April – 16 April

Grantees announced: 30 April

Grants disbursed: May

Midpoint reports: August

Final reports: November

2015 +

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  1. AddisWang
  2. Anne Delong
  3. Bellayet
  4. Calliopejen1
  5. Hahc21 ^
  6. Hubertl
  7. Ilario
  8. Jane023
  9. Kirill Lokshin
  10. MarkAHershberger
  11. Nhasive
  12. Poupou l'quourouce
  13. Rjensen
  14. Steven Zhang
  15. Superzerocool
  16. Thehelpfulone ^
  17. Thepwnco ^
  18. Wikicology

*Partially or fully recused from current round review

^Committee coordinator/bureaucrat

To review and score proposals, the IEG Committee organizes into small groups to review sets of proposals with a common methodology, theme, or subject matter.

See working groups.

See inactive/past committee members

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join the committee

We enjoy a large committee and do not run elections. Those who are determined to meet the criteria are invited to become members during an open call period each year. Membership is for a 1-year term, which may be renewable.

To be considered for membership:
1. Review the membership criteria and make sure you meet them.

2. Review the committee's tasks and make sure you're willing and able to fulfill them (we'll show you how!).

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.


1. Provide feedback on grant proposals: Check on new ideas, drafts and 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: Read and research submissions, join a working group to score proposals according to rubric determined by selection criteria and give feedback to applicants.

3. Recommend proposals for funding: Recommend a shortlist of proposals for funding to WMF staff based on the available budget.

membership criteria


  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, WikiProjects or other on-wiki organizing processes, outreach, events, partnerships, research, education, gadget or bot-building, etc.
  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. Availability to actively engage in the selection process during the published schedule for that round (time commitment is about 3 hours per week, plus 1 extra day for scoring).


  1. Experience leading, coordinating, or managing projects with an intended on-wiki or online impact.
  2. Experience handling externally provided money and working within budgets, preferably in a non-profit context.
  3. Experience applying for grants or working in grants programs (in the Wikimedia, academic, or wider non-profit world).
  4. Ability to read and write in multiple languages.


  1. Members may apply for an Individual Engagement Grant themselves, but they will recuse themselves from reviewing proposals in the same category as their own during that round.
  2. Membership does not conflict with membership in other Wikimedia committees, including the Grant Advisory Committee or the Wikimania Scholarships Committee.

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Would you like to join the committee? Add yourself to the list of candidates below! User:Olaniyan Olushola

Candidates, we'd like to get to know you! Please include a brief statement about yourself (like these), and answer the following 2 questions:

  1. What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?
  2. What kinds of projects would you like to see Individual Engagement Grants fund?

I'm an active contributor to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Common, I originated Planning the Wikimedia User group in Nigeria which has metamorphorsed into Wikimedia User Group Nigeria (WMUGN) and presently I am the Team Leader. I also initiated “adopt a school series” in Nigeria. The program is ongoing and has recruited over 30 editors to the movement. In the same light. Presently I am coordinating Naija Version of Wiki Love Africa theme: (African Fashion and Adornment) an event that invites participant to contributes their contents to Wikimedia Common, We plan to contributes over 750 contents ( Videos, Photograph and Adornment) within the period of October and November 2015 to Wikimedia Common. On 10th January, 2016, I and my teammates will be engaged in education outreach to train over 10000 students and academic staffs in 10 tertiary institutions in Nigeria on how to contribute to Wikipedia. I join Wikimedia in the year 2014, precisely July. I also represented Nigeria at Wiki indaba, Johannesburg 2014. Moreso, I am also working on improving localization of Yoruba Wikipedia . I am an accountant by professional this gives me the bias for data analysis and presentation. I am also a good administrator, with a good team spirit and leader , this could be seen in my role in all Wikimedia activities mentioned so far.Olaniyan Olushola (talk) 08:43, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

. Answer 1: As an accountant, I will assist the committee in project evolution and with my experience in project coordination, if permitted I can share my idea on the likelihood of a proposed project success or otherwise using reliable metrics. Answer 2: I will like IEG to fund project that focus on localization of content in Wikimedia.

New members who are determined to meet the criteria will be added and notified according to the published schedule for each round.

Add your statement and name here[edit]

Candidate: Add your name/signature here!

Statement: Add your statement here, demonstrating how you meet the criteria to join.
Answer 1: What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?
Answer 2: What kinds of projects would you like to see Individual Engagement Grants fund?

YuviPanda (talk)

I have been an active technical contributor to Wikimedia Projects since 2010 and a WMF employee since December 2011, working in various areas (Gadgets, API/Backend stuff, Mobile Apps, Tools/Labs/Operations). I've been a volunteer Tool Labs admin for the last two years, and a member of the ops team handling Labs for the last year. I also have experience running technical workshops for newbies, introducing them to both general programming techniques and towards contributing to Wikimedia. I have never applied for a Grant nor been in a commitee of any sorts before, however. I have helped IEGs in the past with technical advice and implementation (Revscoring, primarily). I can speak/read/write Tamil (my native language) and English. I do have enough time in my schedule to fit the asks as defined.
Answer 1: I'm primarily interested in helping do technical evaluations of projects that involve code that runs on the Wikimedia Infrastructure - which is most of them. I've broad experience with almost all parts of the Wikimedia Infrastructure (from frontend all the way to the bare metal), which I think the Revscoring team found very helpful :) I can do technical feasibility evaluations of IEGs, both their proposed solutions (and if required) the applicants themselves, and provide guidance on tweaking it to make the IEG actually meet its goals.
Answer 2: I would like IEGs to fund more technical experiments that seem out of scope of the WMF - I believe this is a great space for people to quickly try out different, 'grassroots' solutions to common problems that the WMF cannot/willnot address. These often involve subject matter experts in a particular technical field for whom the IEG format is best suited (Professors, Designers, etc). I'd eventually like the WMF to provide more technical resources to help IEGs reach completion, but until then can offer my volunteer time :)

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