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This submission to the Project and Event Grants Program was funded in the fiscal year 2012-13. This is a grant to an organization.

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Legal name of organization or individual requesting this grant
Wikimedia México
For organizations: Are you a for-profit entity? No
For organizations: If non-profit (US) or equivalent (outside the US) status is available in your country, do you have or are you pursuing such status (please be specific): The legal recognition in México will be Civil Association (Asociación Civil).
Grant contact name
Iván Martínez / Salvador Alcántar Morán
Grant contact username or email
galaver [at] gmail [dot] com / salvador1983 [at] gmail [dot] com
Grant contact title (position)
Board President / Board member
Project lead name
Iván Martínez
Project lead username or email
Project lead title (position), if any
Board President
Full project name
Start-up Grant
Amount requested in USD or local currency (USD will be assumed if no other currency is specified)
$110,573 MXN ($7626 USD)[1]
Provisional target start date
July 2012
Provisional completion date
July 2013[2]

Budget breakdown[edit]

Units Cost per unit
Total cost
Total cost
Equipment and spendables
Video projector 1 9,900 9,900 682.75
Portable computer 1 10,000 10,000 690
Other office supplies X X 3000 207
Renewal of wikimedia.mx site (3 year, first donated) 1 2,000 2,000 138
Hosting (Basic: 20 GB, 3 years) 1 1,200 1,200 82.75
Legal requirements
Legalization of bylaws with a notary. [4] 1 19,000 19,000 1,310
Opening of a bank account 1 1,000 1,000 69
Accountability consultant honorary for monthly declarations.[5] 12 1,200 14,400 993
Accountability consultant honorary for annual tax returns.[6] 1 1,200 1,200 82.75
Parcel to be sent to the WMF (Chapter Agreement and Bylaws) 1 2,000
Package of business cards for Board members, spokesman, and legal stationery (letterheads, envelopes, folders) 8 300 2,400 165.5
Outreach and projects
Promotional material: T-shirts for chapter members, contests and Student Clubs in UNAM, ITAM, UAM and Colmex 120 60 7,200 496.5
Promotional material: buttons and pins with WMMX and/or Wikipedia logos 500 6 3,000 207
Promotional material: pens and office supplies with Wikimedia Mexico logos X X 2,000 138
Printing of “Bienvenido a Wikipedia” promotionals. 5,000 2.40 12,000 827.5
Round trip between Mérida and Mexico City for Board member. Mandatory to sign the bylaws. 1 4,500 4,500 310
Round trip between Guadalajara and Mexico City. Mandatory to sign the bylaws. 1 2,000 2,000 137
Travel allowances 1 5,000 5,000 345
Other spends
Incidentals X X 10,150 700
TOTAL 110,573 7,626


  1. For accountability issues we prefer our national currency (mexican pesos, MXN).
  2. It is important to know that Mexican fiscal year ends with calendar year namely 31th December.
  3. Exchange rate: 1 USD = 14.50 MXN (June-2012)
  4. Includes registrations at SRE (Foreign Ministry), Taxes, Trade Public Registry and Industrial Property.
  5. In Mexico it is mandatory to make and send every month a partial tax return.
  6. Also, it is mandatory to prepare a total tax return every year in April.

Project goal[edit]

The project goal is to get the legal recognition to Wikimedia México as a non profit association by Mexican laws. And continue the development of projects started since 2011 during 2012 and 2013.

Project scope and list of activities[edit]

These projects follow the strategy of the chapter along three five areas where Wikimedia Mexico will focus in the following years:

  1. Educational efforts: support to Wikipedia Student Clubs, pilot program with NCCEP Mexico partnership for Wikipedia en el aula and diffusion trough first schools classrooms.
  2. Indigenous languages: Development of Wikipedia in Maya, Totonac, Wixarika (Huichol) and support for the creation of Wikipedias, Wikisource and Wiktionaries in other aboriginal/endangered languages spoken in Mexico.
  3. GLAM projects: continuation of projects worked with cultural institutions.
  4. Catalyst Community Project: support for the expansion of Wikimedia Mexico members and participants in the Wikimedia movement in the country.
  5. Promote of Wikimedia philosophy and goals and Free Knowledge initiatives.

Project goals[edit]

  • Get the Wikimedia México recognition as a non profit legal association in Mexico.
  • Get better participation of Mexican states within the chapter.
  • Promote partnerships with cultural and educative areas in our country.
  • Create and develop new Wikipedias in indigenous languages (Náhuatl, Maya and Totonaco).
  • Improve Wikimedia movement awareness and engagement in Mexico.
  • Ensure the good use of Wikimedia logos and marks.

Non-financial requirements[edit]

Fit to strategy[edit]

  • Increase participation: we want to create a real national chapter with participation from people of all over the country, including people from states of the Mexican Republic.
  • Increase reach: we want to stay involved with the educational and scholar communities with whom we have contact for supporting access to free knowledge.
  • Improve quality: We have been in contact with cultural institutions and universities to establish cooperation agreements that can improve the quality of Wikimedia projects and allow the release of documents and archives to the public domain.

Other benefits[edit]

We expect to get more media attention with our projects, and encourage more organizations to collaborate with the organization.

Measures of success[edit]

  • Establishment of Wikimedia México as a successful non-profit corporation under Mexican law.
  • Agreements with cultural and educational institutions.
  • Increase participation in the Maya, Totonac and Wixaritari Wikipedia at Incubator and its release as an official projects.

Team members (optional)[edit]

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