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Who is eligible to receive funding?
Individuals, non-incorporated groups, and incorporated nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.
Compliance and Technical Details
- Organizations currently receiving funding from the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) are not eligible to apply for project-based grants, except for cases in which projects are prohibited by the FDC Grant Agreement, or where explicitly directed to the program by the WMF Board of Trustees.
- Incorporated nonprofit organizations applying for funding must provide local proof of non-profit status, and in the US should be 501(c)3 charities.
- All grantees, including individuals, will be required to disclose their legal names, addresses, dates of birth to WMF, but are not required to do so publicly. According to US Law, all persons responsible for operating this organization or project account and all project leads must be checked against the United States Specially Designated Nationals list, and individuals on this list will not be eligible for funding.
- Grantees must have a non-commercial bank account, or be able to make other acceptable arrangements to receive grant funds (such as a fiscal sponsorship). The type of bank account actually required to receive funds will be left to WMF's discretion: in some cases, grantees may be required to open a new project account to track grant funds.
- Grantees must be in compliance with all requirements for any WMF grants program through which they have ever received a grant, including Project and Event Grants (PEG) program reporting requirements and FDC reporting requirements, and the terms of the grant agreement signed by the grantee or the grantee's authorized representative. Grantees seeking additional funds while in non-compliance of existing grant terms will be required to come into compliance before their request for additional funds be considered.
What projects are eligible to receive funding?
Limitations and Exclusions
- Grants should not replace volunteer action to accomplish valuable work. Grants are intended as a supplement that supports volunteer effectiveness, and should be used primarily to cover project expenses.
- Generally, Project and Event Grants do not compensate volunteers for their time. In some cases, Project and Event Grants may fund part-time positions or full-time temporary positions with a limited focus and scope of work related specifically to the activities of the funded project. Requests for part-time staff should be accompanied by an assessment of the applicant's ability to effectively manage staff, and may require necessary infrastructure to support staff (such as policies around travel reimbursements, and hiring).
- Project and Event Grants can fund organizations that would like to operate on the basis of annual plans and annual budgets, but who do not require or aren't able to hire long-term staff. Grants through this program do not fund full-time permanent staff salaries and other recurring operating expenses, such as the rent of a dedicated office. Full-time staff and recurring operating expenses will now only be funded via the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) process.
- WMF funding should not replace outreach and liaison efforts of a local affiliate. Affiliates should work to build partnerships with sponsors, allies, and like-minded user groups.
- The Project and Event Grants (PEG) program generally does not fund travel reimbursements for individuals:
- For non-Wikimedia-organized events, apply through the Wikimedia Travel and Participation Grants program.
- For Wikimedia-organized events, individual travel should be funded by the organizing group. The organizing group is welcome to apply for travel funding through the Project and Event Grants (PEG) program as part of a larger project grant related to an event.
- The minimum amount for a grant request is USD 500, although exceptions may be considered. There is no maximum amount.
- Grant periods should not exceed 12 months, as a rule. Exceptions will be considered when a justified context can be shown.
- A shared or co-working space, or a deeply-discounted space, for a limited period of time to support a particular project, can be considered in the context of a grant in this program.