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« open project proposals are in committee review, decisions will be announced december 4  »

« need help with your idea? start your proposal in IdeaLab! »

« 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 2016 schedule

IdeaLab Campaign: 24 February-23 March

Proposals accepted: 14 March through 12 April

Committee review: 3 May –16 May

Grantees announced: 17 June

Grants disbursed: June

Midpoint reports: September

Final reports: December

2016 +

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

*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!

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?

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

Candidate: User:Olaniyan Olushola[edit]

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.

Candidate: Derek V Giroulle DerekvG (talk)[edit]

Statement: Check out my profile on Idealab and my candidates page on [[1]]. I'm an currently GAC member. AS an accountant and with extensive experience in non-profits I have some experience with volunteers, and volunteering. I think I can help the IEG with my experience.
Answer 1: What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?
I'm a wikipedian since 2005 (since 2007 under my current UserID), and i've been involved with the lengthy process of setting up the Belgian Wikimedia chapter WMBE. I'm a volunteer member of the WMBE board and word there as treasurer. Iḿ also involved in overseeing projects by other volunteers and volunteer recruitment, development (education and training).
Answer 2: What kinds of projects would you like to see Individual Engagement Grants fund?
I would like to see that IEG funds individual projects aimed at educating people as wikinauts (my name for users of wiki-projects). also for projects that help people record much of their cultural inheritance, traditions, stories that were told before, images, media that forms informal heritage, things that gets lost, knowledge that dies in memory, because that is the idea behind the encyclopedia , actually itś our mission to become humankinds universal memory not only reproduce whyat has already been published.

--DerekvG (talk) 17:00, 2 December 2015 (UTC)

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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?

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