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AfroCROWD: Championing Communities of African Descent on and in Wikimedia and Improving the relevance of Wikipedia and open technology to communities of Color
start date2024-07-012024-07-01T00:00:00Z
end date2025-06-302025-06-30T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)178156 USD
amount recommended (local currency)150000 USD
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionNA
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundRound 2
organization (if applicable)AfroCROWD

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Applicant information[edit]

Organization name or Wikimedia Username for individuals. (required)
Do you have any approved General Support Fund requests? (required)
Yes, I have already applied and received a General Support Fund
You are applying as a(n). (required)
Wikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
Are your group or organization legally registered in your country? (required)
Do you have a fiscal sponsor?
Fiscal organization name.
Fractured Atlas

Main proposal[edit]

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be a title for the Meta-Wiki page. (required)
AfroCROWD: Championing Communities of African Descent on and in Wikimedia and Improving the relevance of Wikipedia and open technology to communities of Color
2. Do you want to apply for the multi-year funding or renewal process? (required)
Yes, consider this as a renewal application for one year
2.1. For how many years of multi-year funding are you applying? (required)
2.2. Provide a brief overview of Year 2 and Year 3 of the proposed plan and how this relates to the current proposal and your strategic plan? (required)


3. Proposed start date. (required)
4. Proposed end date. (required)
5. Does your organization or group have an Affiliate or Organizational Annual Plan that can help us understand your proposal? If yes, please provide it. (required)
AfroCROWD Annual Plan Outline


6. Does your affiliate, organization or group have a Strategic Plan that can help us understand your proposal? If yes, please provide it. (required)
7. Where will this proposal be implemented? (required)
International (more than one country across continents or regions)
We work primarily in these North America, the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Southern Africa and Eastern Africa, Western Europe and have partnered in Scandinavia. The coming year we are set to Hold events online, in African countries like Cameroon, the Congo, and Benin to name some. In North America, we are set to partner with Canadian and primarily East Coast and West Coast US partners and a few in northern Midwestern cities and three in the southern US to give an example.
8. What are your programs, approaches, and strategies? What are the challenges that you are trying to address and how will your strategies support you in addressing these challenges? (required)

Please see our Strategic Plan. Our programs focus on providing workshops, resources, and training sessions to help individuals develop critical thinking skills and navigate Wikipedia, wherever they fall on their Wiki journey, especially if they are newcomers. We plan to offer more sessions from special guest speakers on useful items for skills development like fact-checking, evaluating sources, writing, and understanding bias in media.

Our programs aim to promote diversity and inclusivity by addressing bias and underrepresentation, especially concerning women, Black and indigenous people of color (BIPOC), socio-economic disparities, underrepresentation of people of African descent, and linguistic minorities in contributing to Wikimedia platforms effectively. These programs include editor training workshops, and other community outreach initiatives that aim to tackle greater awareness of the Wikimedia Movement within our target audiences.

9. What categories are your main programs and related activities under? Please select all that apply. (required)
Category Yes/No
Education Yes
Culture, heritage or GLAM Yes
Gender and diversity Yes
Community support and engagement Yes
Participation in campaigns and contests Yes
Public policy advocacy No
Other Yes


9.1.1. Select all your programs and activities for Education. (required)
Wiki Club, Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom or other Reading/Evaluating Wikipedia Training, Editing Wikipedia Training, Wikidata programs, Wikimedia Commons programs, Other Wikimedia project programs
Other programs and activities if any: N/A
9.1.2. Select all relevant audience groups for Education. (required)
Vocational, tertiary, or higher education, Teachers or professors, Senior citizens, Other groups
Other groups if any: Professional associations, for example medical or technical, STEM or STEAM

Culture, heritage or GLAM

9.2. Select all your programs and activities for Culture, heritage or GLAM. (required)
Documenting or incubating languages on Wikimedia projects, Introducing new approaches to underrepresented culture and heritage, e.g. decolonising or reparative work; oral and visual knowledge; outreach to communities of origin, indigenous and first nations self-determination, Supporting institutions to open up their collections, data, metadata, and research, Supporting GLAM professionals to incorporate use of Wikimedia in their work, through documentation, training, or Wikimedian in Residence programs, Partnering with institutions, professional associations, and allied organizations to raise awareness of open culture, ethical sharing, and related issues
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Gender and diversity

9.3. Select all your programs and activities for Gender and diversity.
Bringing in women and/or gender diverse participants and editors, Focusing on creating content about women and/or gender diverse groups, including biographies, intersectional topic areas and/or adding images, Focusing on creating content about marginalized (underrepresented) communities and their knowledge, Focusing on knowledge equity by bringing in contributors from underrepresented communities, Building organizer skills in women and diversity groups, Fomenting female leadership within the movement (either staff, members or boards), Sensitize and educate for gender perspective among Wikimedia projects stewards and editors
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Community support and engagement

9.4. Select all your programs and activities for Community support and engagement.
On-wiki training of community members, Off-wiki training of community members, Organizing meetups, conferences, and community events, Supporting community members' participation in events and conferences, Offering non financial support and services to community members (equipment, space, books, etc.)
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Participation in campaigns and contests

9.5. Select all campaigns that apply. (required)
1Lib1Ref, Art+Feminism, Feminism and Folklore, Wiki Loves Africa, Wiki Loves Earth, Wiki Loves Folklore, Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves Women, WikiForHumanRights, WikiGap, Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos, Wikipedia Birthday or Anniversary, Other
Other programs and activities if any: Wiki Caribbean

Other categories

Information literacy, awareness, skills development, public engagement. We highly support the public policy work of the Foundation and Wikimedia Movement.

10. Please include a link to or upload a timeline (operational calendar) for your programs and activities. (required)
Timeline: https://www.canva.com/design/DAF-9TZjdPY/xDDvxHDwlqeZ5Uo-sz8r7A/edit?utm_content=DAF-9TZjdPY&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link2&utm_source=sharebutton
11. Describe your team. (required)

Please see our staffing plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14SYQT_GcpcVjv93QU9o9Fv3iRsoX7_zV9VwGImzpauE/edit?usp=sharing

12. Will you be working with any internal (Wikimedia) or external partners? Describe the characteristics of these partnerships and bring a few examples of the most significant partnerships. (required)

We plan to work with both internal and external partners, especially those with synergy to our goals and mission.

13. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select all that apply. (required)
Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Innovate in Free Knowledge


Wikimedia Metrics[edit]

14. Please select and fill out Wikimedia Metrics for your proposal. (recommended)
14.1. Number of participants, editors, and organizers.

All metrics provided are optional, please fill them out if they are aligned with your programs and activities.

Participants, editors, and organizers
Metrics name Target Description
Number of all participants 400 N/A
Number of all editors 300 N/A
Number of new editors 200
Number of retained editors 200
Number of all organizers 20 N/A
Number of new organizers 4
14.2. Number of new content contributions to Wikimedia projects. (recommended)
Contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Created Edited or improved
Wikipedia 450 800
Wikimedia Commons 600 500
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions / Abstract Wikipedia
Description for Wikimedia projects contributions metrics. (optional)

Other Metrics[edit]

15. Do you have other quantitative and qualitative targets for your project (other metrics)? (required)
Other Metrics Description Target
Number of partners New partners work with AfroCROWD for an event, workshop or other activity 5
Educational participants N/A N/A
Participants who identify as women 215 N/A
' N/A N/A


16. Will you have any other revenue sources when implementing this proposal (e.g. other funding, membership contributions, donations)? (required)
16.1. List other revenue sources. (required)

Our partners offer in-kind donations like space and on-site equipment, research material and experts in relevant areas.

16.2. Approximately how much revenue will you have from other sources in your local currency? (required)
17. Your local currency. (required)
18. What is the total requested amount in your local currency? (required)
178156 USD
Multi-year funding request summary
Year Amount (local currency)
Year 1 N/A USD
Year 2 N/A USD
Year 3 N/A USD
19. Does this proposal include compensation for staff or contractors? (required)
19.1. How many paid staff members do you plan to have? (required)

Include the number of staff and contractors during the proposal period. If you have short-term contractors or staff, please include them separately and mention their terms.

19.2. How many FTEs (full-time equivalents) in total? (required)

Include the total FTE of staff and contractors during the proposal period. If you have short-term contractors or staff, please include their FTEs with the terms separately.

19.3. Describe any staff or contractor changes compared to the current year / ongoing General Support Fund if any. (required only for returning grantees)
We are absorbing the general international liaison role into the part time administrator position. The rest of the posts are not changing except that we are adding support funding for those that are there. This means we will have one less liaison role and are increasing the use of the part time administrative assistant role.

This role is still contracted.

20. Please provide an overview of your overall budget categories in your local currency. The budget breakdown should include only the amount requested with this General Support Fund (required).
Budget category Amount in local currency
Staff and contractor costs 136736 USD
Operational costs 20571 USD
Programmatic costs 20849 USD
21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)

Budget: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/165mgPamj2m4lO9nZPm4uRfMi-xc4dQ6R/edit#gid=2082344268

Additional information[edit]

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