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The Wikimedia Foundation has recently launched a new grant program called Rapid Grants that provides quick support throughout the year for grants up to $2000 USD.

You can review details of this grant program here, and feedback on Rapid Grants is welcome.
Wikimedia Foundation Grantmaking
Travel and Participation Support

Travel funding to participate in mission-aligned events.
Individual Engagement Grants

Comprehensive support for individual and small team projects focused on online impact.
Project and Event Grants

Expenses related to organizing events and running projects. For individuals, groups and organizations.
Annual Plan Grants

Funding the annual budgets and mission objectives of affiliated organizations.
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Increasing the quantity, quality, diversity, and reach of free knowledge.

Supporting mission-allied people and organizations around the world.
New grants programs starting on July 1st, 2016.
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Our approach

Wikimedia Foundation Community Resources team, Wikimedia contributors, and affiliate organizations work together to find and fund innovative and important projects, and to evaluate and share the impact of the work being done across the movement. In addition to financial support, we provide grantees with tools, mentorship, and opportunities to tell their own stories and share their knowledge.

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Our goals

We encourage projects that provide opportunities to reach the Wikimedia movement's goal of spreading participation in free culture across boundaries of language, gender, and geography. We seek out opportunities for growth in under-represented demographics, smaller and newer Wikimedia projects, and communities in the global south. We focus on providing individuals within these communities with information and tools to help them succeed.

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Who we are

Wikimedia Grantmaking is a collaboration between grantees, WMF staff, volunteer committees, and Wikimedians from across the globe. We connect people from dozens of Wikimedia projects and geographies within our worldwide free culture movement.

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Submit a proposal

Our grantmaking programs offer a range of options for supporting different kinds of projects. We fund projects for individual contributors, teams, user groups and chapters.

Travel and Participation Support Individual Engagement Grants Project and Event Grants

Annual Plan Grants

Funding for individual contributors to travel to participate in events. Funding for individuals who lead projects with online impact. Funding events and project expenses for individuals, groups, and organizations. Funding annual plans for Wikimedia affiliate organizations.
Proposals accepted at any time. Proposals accepted twice annually. Proposals accepted at any time. Proposals accepted twice annually.
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Join a committee

Our committees are made up of volunteer contributors, WMF staff members, and movement affiliates. Eligibility criteria and responsibilities vary by committee. If you are interested in participating in one of our committees, visit the program's committee page for more information.

Travel & Participation Support Committee Individual Engagement Grants Committee Grant Advisory Committee Funds Dissemination Committee
Represantatives of contributing chapters may participate. All eligible Wikimedians may apply. All eligible Wikimedians may apply. Eligible Wikimedians 21 years or older may be elected or appointed.
Membership is ongoing, with active contribution. 1-year membership term, renewable with active participation. Membership is ongoing, with active contribution. 2-year membership term, renewable by community election or re-appointment.
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Share knowledge

We value bold ideas and data-driven innovation. Effective grantmaking requires community involvement at every point in the process. Our community portals provide shared workspaces for proposing and refining new ideas, asking questions, and sharing valuable lessons.

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Grantmaking blog

We reach a global audience, in multiple languages, across and beyond the boundaries of our movement. On the Grantmaking blog grantees share stories from ongoing and completed projects, and grantmakers offer new and notable updates about our programs.

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Guiding documents

Our grantmaking is done in public and reports back to the communities we serve. We honor the Wikimedia movement’s commitment to openness and transparency by publishing our plans, budgets, and reports on-wiki. We welcome input on our priorities and processes from the donors who fund our work, and our volunteer colleagues.