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LSP funding request 2024
start date2024-01-012024-01-01T00:00:00Z
end date2026-12-312024-12-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)194830 CHF
amount requested (USD)216670.64 USD [note 1]
amount recommended (USD)155694.14
amount recommended (local currency)140000 CHF
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionNWE
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundRound 1
organization (if applicable)Association les sans pagEs

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Applicant information[edit]

Organization name or Wikimedia Username for individuals. (required)
Association les sans pagEs
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.

Main proposal[edit]

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be a title for the Meta-Wiki page. (required)
LSP funding request 2024
2. Do you want to apply for the multi-year funding or renewal process? (required)
No but we would like to apply for renewal next time
2.1. For how many years of multi-year funding are you applying? (required)
3 years
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)

We plan to continue our threefold strategic axes detailed in our 2023 grant and have detailed our 2024 strategic plan that we wish to pursue in year 2025 and 2026 as we are in a period of consolidation phase of our revenue streams and governance after initiating a professionalization process in 2021, first by paying a professional accounting agency and then by hiring an executive director. To maintain current level of implication it is probable we will need an administrator taking care of financial flows and keeping the documentation of the accounts in check as the amount of work exceeds what a volunteer treasurer can do. As we also engaged in recruiting more board members and need to structure activities and welcoming at this level in the next two years as this was a big jump from 2 to 3 board members to 7 & 8 and hired staff. The operational consolidation phase is not over as there is a constant steady increase in operational activities and we need to be able to sustain the effort without risking burnouts of volunteers and staff. Our wish is to favor projects stemming from our bases of contributors, rather than conducting big campaigns with low retention rate. We aim at a steady and constant training and mentoring underrepresented communities, so that they feel welcomed and cared for. We also need to tend to our network of trained wikipedian volunteers who are asking for activities focusing on their needs for development. Until recently, our group was very "newby" centered, but a a group of more trained wikimedians emerge we need to reflect on what motivates them and make them, stay. This is why we maintain a strong presence on our Wikipedia discussion page and in our Telgram group, and also have regular meetings each week online, both for new contributiors and an article evaluation team which looks at each single produced article by the project. The results of these activities is not solely captured by the dashboards, but also have an impact on the Wikipedian project [1] which is why we designed a metrics page that we will be upgrading and documenting [2] We plan to continue helping contributors from Africa and possibly francophone Carrabean regions to emerge as driving forces in our movement, following the example of what we achieved in Benin (2 female contributors were elected to our board) and ideally extend each year to two new African and Carabbean groups active mentoring of local volunteers to achieve their projects. This is why we plan to continue our Quinzaine des autrices francophone campaign throughout the 3 years as this is a good entry point to our projects for African countries [3]

We will continue to collaborate with GLAM and Universities as the opportunities emerge. 2024 will be the last year of our planned 5 year collaboration with University of Geneva, where we intervened giving Wikipedia courses at masters level in the gender studies department [4]. We hope to be able to initiate other fruitful interractions with universities in the future.

We have consolidated presence with national archives institutions and will be continuing with the feminist archive and library Marguerite Durand [5], as well as events planned with La Contemporaine [6] in Nanterre and la Sorbone [7]

We also plan to continue publishing one fanzine each year with a different thematic focus each year and distribute them largely in the movement. We also will be continuing both online and offline regular meetups (weekly ¬ monthly) and ensure documentation of all our activities is carried one.

During our strategy work in 2022, we insisted that we wished to remain flexible to opportunities as their emerge from volunteers, sometimes most unexpectedly. This is why it is difficult to identify all future opportunities in this section. Our previous experience with "local groups" proved that asking for funding of a particular group is risky if the volunteers of that group suddenly don't have time or energy to continue. [1] https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projet:Les_sans_pagEs [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Les_sans_pagEs/ [3] https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projet:Les_sans_pagEs/Quinzaine_des_autrices_francophones/2023 [4] [7] https://www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/index.php?cID=1441 [5] https://www.paris.fr/lieux/bibliotheque-marguerite-durand-bmd-1756 [6]http://www.lacontemporaine.fr/ [7] https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Projet:Les_sans_pagEs/Sorbonne_Nouvelle

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)
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)
France, Switzerland, Belgium, Bénin, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinée Conackry, RDC, Togo, Cameroun, Haïti, République Dominicaine, Sénégal.
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)

1- Strategy 1 Improving Inclusion and diversity in the francophone community.

We will continue to build a structured and welcoming environment to empower contributions from underrepresented communities and partner with NGOs that have the same objectives. This is important to achieve a better balance and equity in the diversity of our movement to foster better representation of knowledge that are currently not available on our projects. This includes training new contributors and helping them assess their needs and mentoring them to achieve their goals.

   2- Improving coverage of Gender gap and under-represented contents

We will continue our efforts to reduce the gender gap at content level within the francophone community by maintaining and expanding our activities. We want to sustain our efforts to partner with GLAM and universities to reach out to potential contributors and offer editathons and trainings on topics of gender studies, women and LGBTIQ+ history, intersectionality and feminism. We also want to continue organizing more events to cover the african gender gap, an area which is most of the time forgotten. This work includes wikipedia but not only : we plan to continue organizing Wikidata, Wikisource trainings and continue our work with les sans images on Commons.

   3- Improving sustainability with professionalization of the association

We want to be able to sustain our actions in the long run to tackle diversity & inclusion issues within the francophone Wikimedia movement and gender gap and underrepresented contents so that the sum of all knowledge is more diverse. We want to provide support to leaders of local groups and avoid burn out of volunteers in the long run to tackle all financial, managerial and coordination aspects, as well as provide adequate resources and guidelines to leave them free to contribute and facilitate. We also want to gather concerns from underrepresented communities and empower them to participate more in the leadership of the movement. We think these strategies have proved efficient in the past and that the continuing professionalization of the association will bring more sustainability and regularity to our projects to anchor them in the francophone community. Now we want to avoid volunteers to be burned out and provide professionalization for training, reporting, and general management of the association. We also want to share our nowledge and best practices, as well as our challenges with other similar groups tacking gender gap in other langages and continue to showcase our successes on social medias. To achieve this is time and human rssource consuming, but cross community support and knowledge sharing is fundamental.

4. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

1. Activity 1 Improving Inclusion & diversity To achieve this we will :

   provide help to leaders of local projects and offer them training
   Build best practices within the francophone community concerning underrepresented communities
   Collect concerns expressed by minorities and advocating bringing more attention to these concerns
   Bring more women*, and underrepresented minorities to contribute and participate in the governance of the movement and commit to bringing more african representation in the francophone community
   Train new contributors
   Train our pool of regular contributors to contribute to other projects than Wikipedia (Wikisource, Wikidata, Wiktionnary, Wikiquote, Commons)
   2. Activity 2 Improving coverage of Gender gap and under-represented contents

To achieve this we will:

   Sustain our quantitative efforts to produce articles about women, feminism, LGBTIQ+ topics and BIPOC history in editathons and online & offline events
   Increase content and quality by maintaining weekly online evaluation, training sessions and organizing thematic edithatons
   Continue producing illustrations for women biographies
   Continue outreach activities to increase readership
   Enable contributors to buy books and subscription to access sources
   Organize events in collaboration with GLAM institutions around the international women's day, and LGBTIQA+ history month, pride and special remembrance days
   Continuing current partnering with GLAMs and universities to teach Wikipedia
   Continue partnering with archives to liberate content around gender, feminist and LGBTIQ+ history
   Seek other meaningful collaborations with GLAM and education organizations to train new contributors
   3. Sustainability and professionalization activities

To achieve this we will :

   Professionalize the association to sustain the project in order to respond to increased solicitations
   Secure revenue streams
   Achieve adequate fundraising in order to enable professionalization
   Work on improving the governance aspects of the user group
   Provide adequate reports and document the history of the project on Wikipedia by designing fanzine every year and creating historical categories and documenting precisely all activities with reports
   Work on producing better metrics including retention rates
   Maintain the organization of regular annual, monthly and weekly events
   Work on guide lines, best practices 
   Maintain online regular evaluation sessions of the produced contents and make sure an up to date yearly calendar is adopted, communicated for all organized
   Provide technical trainings for project leaders and facilitators
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 No


9.1.1. Select all your programs and activities for Education. (required)
Wiki Camp, Editing Wikipedia Training
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
Other groups if any: N/A

Culture, heritage or GLAM

9.2. Select all your programs and activities for Culture, heritage or GLAM. (required)
Supporting GLAM professionals to incorporate use of Wikimedia in their work, through documentation, training, or Wikimedian in Residence programs, Other
Other programs and activities if any: Organizing editathons hoated by GLAM institutions

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 microgrants and other financial support to community members , 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)
Art+Feminism, CEE Spring, Wiki Loves Women, WikiGap, Other
Other programs and activities if any: Wiki loves pride - Quinzaine des autrices francophones
10. Please include a link to or upload a timeline (operational calendar) for your programs and activities. (required)
11. Describe your team. (required)

Board members of the association les sans pagEs Sinkra : President, responsible for the Toulouse local group, press relations Aimeeabibis  : treasurer, responsible for the Bénin local group Etty N, local group Meyrin (Switzerland) Alacoolwiki : secretary, respponsible for the local group Limoges), founder of les sans imagEs Celinea33 : communication expert (based in Chile), active with les sans imagEs Adu229 : responsible for Africa) Tyseria online wikipedian with a history of 157 588 edits on Wikipedia, Natacha LSP, hired by the association, founder of Les sans pagEs project, 65 340 edits on fr-wp, management of the association, reporting, training facilitators, runs teaching courses and coaching sessions, local group Geneva, Laugriville, retired communication specialist, active wikipedian.

Volunteers Tatakdh, previous board member of WMFR, led monthly events in Montpellier with the archives of the Herault department, Hybrideacus, new contributor in Switzerland, Sukkoria, active wikipedian, helps with editathons, Léna admin on Fr-wp, helps with Toulouse and Paris local group, active on LGBT related contents, Members of the user group : Anthere, helps with the verification of the accounts each year, Lepticed7 helps with verification of accounts and as wiktionnarist, Opsylac, local group Grenoble, organises edithaton with La Casemate (GLAM) Suzy1919, Geneva local group, Ash Crow, wikidata sysop AfricanadeCuba, founder of Noircir Wikipedia Kawayashu active in Tunisia AwkwardChester active wikipedian (has produced over 1000 articles of the project), local group Paris Lewisiscrazy, helps on the wikipedia project LurKin membr of Noircir Wikipedia --Insomnie15bis active in Geneva Wikilover90 ( Rajeeb active on LGBT user group Camelia, wikidonne (joint project of Diversity hub) --Lupin~frwiki, helps on wikipedia, organizes monthly Wikisource events wikipedian Adoscam, active in Bénin, Africa Mina Kara, previous student who followed our course at the University of Geneva Lepticed7, board member of wikimedia France, wiktionnary sysop, active on esperanto subjects, Toulouse local group Zblace, croation LGBT contributor, project with Institut Français Zagreb (GLAM) Bluerasberry, LGBT user group Owen Blacker member of LGBT user group

Volunteers on the projects Freecorp, organises Wikisource events Pronoia, active wikipedian, local group Paris, helps on the project on fr-wp

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)

Yes. We have institionnal partners within the Wikimedia Movement _:

  • We have a partnership signed with Wikimedia France since 2019 and collaborate closely in events and discussions
  • Wikimedia CH has been financing our annual convention held in Swizterland every year since 2018 and last year (2023) we engaged in a closer collaboration on GLAM events in Switzerland (wikiwitch project, editathons in Museums, Quinzaine des autrices in Meyrin).

Outside the Wikimedia movement we collaborate regurlarly with :

  • La Contemporaire in Nanterre, library and archives (we held edidathons regularly there last year)
  • Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand in Paris : feminist library and archives, we had two events in 2018 and 2023 and will be continuing next year
  • Cité audacieuse in Paris, feminist center where we hold our monthly wikipedia and wikisource events
  • bibliothèque Forum Meyrin in Meyrin, Switzerland
  • Musée Photo Élysée Lausanne we held one big event in march 2023 and will be holding our monthly events here in 2024
13. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select all that apply. (required)
Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Improve User Experience, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Ensure Equity in Decision-making, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt


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 660 Figures for 2022 are high due to participation in an editathon with 352 participants in Mallorca. If we take these 352 away, we are left with 308 participants.

In 2023 up to september we had 308 participants as per our dashboards. So we can evaluate that this figure of 300 participants will be maintained will be maintained.

Number of all editors 314 The figures are those of 2022 as 2023 has not been calculated yet. The figures are here https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Les_sans_pagEs/Metrics
  • Number of all editors: Existing and new editors involved in activities funded by the grant : based on editors having proactively fed recent articles to the project (this figure might be lower than the actual amount of editors but captures a proactive participation to the project that can be measured throughout the years).
  • new editors : 160 in 2022
  • retained editors : honnestly we are at the moment not capable of calculating this precisely. Approximatively 10 to 15 ?
Number of new editors 160
Number of retained editors 10
Number of all organizers 44 These are the figures for 2023.
Number of new organizers 22
14.2. Number of new content contributions to Wikimedia projects. (recommended)
Contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Created Edited or improved
Wikipedia 1256
Wikimedia Commons 2660
Wikidata 2150
Wikisource 20 20
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions / Abstract Wikipedia
Description for Wikimedia projects contributions metrics. (optional)

The figures are those of 2022. It is impossible to know exactly how many articles have been improved on wikipedia as all our actions are not traced by the dashboard, and the dashboard does not give that figure (it does not separate it from wikidata).

Other Metrics[edit]

15. Do you have other quantitative and qualitative targets for your project (other metrics)? (required)
Other Metrics Description Target


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)

Wikimedia France and Wikimedia CH also fund part of our activities. We list here the amounts received in 2022 taking for granted that we will possibly receive as much in 2023 (though this is not sure).

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)
194830 CHF
Multi-year funding request summary
Year Amount (local currency)
Year 1 194830 CHF
Year 2 194830 CHF
Year 3 194830 CHF
Requested amount in USD
216670.64 USD [note 1]
Multi-year funding request summary in USD
Year Amount USD [note 1]
Year 1 198683.96 USD
Year 2 198683.96 USD
Year 3 198683.96 USD
  1. a b c The following amount in US dollars was calculated by Wikimedia Foundation staff using the fixed currency rates. This amount is approximate and may not reflect the actual currency exchange rates on the day of submission or distribution. If the application is funded, the funding will be sent in the recipient’s local currency.
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.

one staff

one contractor (accounting company)

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.

1 FTE staff

0.2 FTE contractor (accounting compagny fee)

19.3. Describe any staff or contractor changes compared to the current year / ongoing General Support Fund if any. (required only for returning grantees)
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 135130 CHF
Operational costs 4870 CHF
Programmatic costs 0 CHF
21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)


Additional information[edit]

22. In this optional space you can add any other additional information about your proposal or organization that you think can help us when reviewing your proposal. (optional)

We are conscious there is a major increase in the amount we ask for, but this should not be happening again for the next 3 years as we wish to stabilize. In 2022 there was approx 20 000 dollars mistake in the amount presented for staff expenses. The salary for an ED compared to the current staffing prices in Switzerland is very low given the amount of responsibility and the risks involved in such a position (mainly a reputational risk). Then we did not count the office rental or the rental of the home for a dedicated space, nor did we include office furniture, which are provided pro bono by our employee. we had also taken away the line for staff travel and accommodation, when asked to retain the minimum ppossible to operate the projects, but without this funding our employee cannot travel to meet people where they need it and attend events that are important for les sans pagEs. We have also faced contingencies in that one of our main sponsors, Wikimedia France has limited their financial contribution, initially 25 000 euros annually to 9000 euros due to inflation and lowered revenue streams. We have no indication of how much they would give us next year. Our other sponsor, Wikimedia CH only finances project based proposals, and does not include salary fees to the amount that we would need to be able to perform well enough on such projects on top of all our other activities, which is why we are only asking them in 2024 to finance the annual convention of les sans pagEs as this is integrated in our regular activities. We are be able to leverage our own source of revenues, but this source is highly impredictable and fluctuates for the moment. We have relied on invoicing institutions for trainings in the past two years and were able to get near 5000 chf, using this to cover contingencies and unplanned expenses.

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