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Sustaining Free Knowledge: Wikimedia Bangladesh General Support Fund Proposal
start date2024-07-01
end date2024-06-30
budget (local currency)3227000 BDT
amount requested (USD)30366.07 USD [note 1]
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundRound 2
organization (if applicable)Wikimedia Bangladesh

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Applicant information[edit]

Organization name or Wikimedia Username for individuals. (required)
Wikimedia Bangladesh
Do you have any approved General Support Fund requests? (required)
No, it is my first time applying for 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)
Sustaining Free Knowledge: Wikimedia Bangladesh General Support Fund Proposal
2. Do you want to apply for the multi-year funding or renewal process? (required)
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)
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)
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)

Our programs, approaches, and strategies at Wikimedia Bangladesh are meticulously crafted to uphold our mission of democratizing access to knowledge and fostering a culture of open educational resources. Rooted in our vision of a world where everyone can freely access and contribute to knowledge, we address several key challenges through the following strategies:

  • Content Creation and Preservation: We endeavor to enrich Wikimedia platforms with comprehensive and accurate content pertaining to Bangla language, culture, and heritage. Through initiatives such as edit-a-thons, article contests, and collaborative projects, we amplify the representation of Bangladeshi topics on Wikipedia and its sister projects, ensuring the preservation and dissemination of our cultural heritage.
  • Community Engagement and Capacity Building: Central to our mission is the cultivation of a vibrant and inclusive community of volunteers who are passionate about sharing knowledge. We will facilitate workshops, seminars, and training programs in collaboration with academic institutions, NGOs, and other stakeholders to empower individuals and institutions to effectively access, develop, and contribute to free educational resources.
  • Outreach and Awareness: Recognizing the importance of digital literacy and the democratization of knowledge, we conduct outreach campaigns and educational activities to raise awareness about Wikimedia projects and promote the use of open educational resources. By engaging diverse communities and forging partnerships with external organizations, we strive to expand the reach and impact of our initiatives.
  • Gender Gap Mitigation: In line with our commitment to inclusivity and diversity, we implement targeted initiatives to address the gender gap on Wikimedia platforms. Through mentorship programs, outreach events, and advocacy efforts, we aim to encourage more women to participate in editing and contributing to Wikimedia projects, thus enriching the diversity of content and perspectives.
  • Education Programs: Education lies at the heart of our endeavors, and we seek to integrate Wikimedia projects into formal and informal learning environments. By collaborating with educational institutions and educators, we promote the use of Wikimedia resources for educational purposes and advocate for the incorporation of digital literacy and open educational practices in curricula.

Through these strategic approaches, we endeavor to realize the objectives of Wikimedia Bangladesh, as outlined in our organizational profile, and advance our collective vision of a world where access to knowledge is truly universal and equitable.

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 Club, Editing Wikipedia Training, Wikimedia Commons programs, Other Wikimedia project programs, Wiki Camp, Translation, Wikidata programs
Other programs and activities if any: N/A
9.1.2. Select all relevant audience groups for Education. (required)
Secondary school students, 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)
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, 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, Building organizer skills in women and diversity groups, Fomenting female leadership within the movement (either staff, members or boards)
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)
Wikipedia Asian Month, Wikipedia Birthday or Anniversary
Other programs and activities if any: N/A
10. Please include a link to or upload a timeline (operational calendar) for your programs and activities. (required)
11. Describe your team. (required)

Our chapter operates with a dedicated team comprising nine Executive Committee members, elected during our annual general meeting. The Executive Committee is responsible for setting strategic directions and making key decisions regarding our chapter's goals and activities. In addition to the Executive Committee, our board members actively participate as volunteers, hosting edit-a-thons, contests, and online events to further our mission.

To enhance our operational efficiency and ensure the effective execution of our activities, we plan to employ a paid staff. The staff will play crucial roles in planning and executing our initiatives, allowing us to maximize our impact and reach within the community.

In addition, we will took support from the active Wikimedians.

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)

Wikimedia Bangladesh actively collaborates with both internal and external partners to fulfill its mission of preserving Bangla culture and heritage through digital media. Among our notable partners is Bangla WikiMoitree, an international network dedicated to coordinating efforts related to Bengali culture and heritage topics within the Wikimedia community. This partnership allows us to tap into a diverse pool of resources and expertise, uniting individuals and organizations with a common goal of promoting Bengali language, culture, and heritage.

Additionally, we maintain a close collaboration with the West Bengal Wikimedians User Group, which serves as another vital partner within the Bangla WikiMoitree network. Together, we pool resources, share expertise, and engage communities to achieve our shared objectives.

A prime example of our collaborative efforts is the annual international photography competition known as Wiki Loves Bangla. This competition serves as a platform to showcase and document various aspects of Bengali language, culture, and heritage through digital photography. By joining forces with our partners, we maximize community engagement, enriching the impact and reach of Wiki Loves Bangla.

Looking ahead, we aim to expand our collaborative endeavors by partnering with external organizations to address the gender gap and promote educational initiatives in Bangladesh. Through these partnerships, we seek to strengthen our collective efforts in preserving and promoting Bangla culture and heritage across Wikimedia platforms.

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, Ensure Equity in Decision-making, Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Manage Internal Knowledge, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Identify Topics for Impact


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 1000 Our target is to engage approximately 1,000 participants in a variety of activities, including edit-a-thons, article contests, photo contests, awareness-building sessions, and more.
Number of all editors 200 We expect around 200 participants to contribute by creating at least one article or uploading one photo across all activities, comprising 150 new editors and 50 retained editors.
Number of new editors 150
Number of retained editors 50
Number of all organizers 20 According to the plan, approximately 20 organizers will be actively involved in running the activities. Additionally, we aim to onboard 5 new organizers through our various activities.
Number of new organizers 5
14.2. Number of new content contributions to Wikimedia projects. (recommended)
Contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Created Edited or improved
Wikipedia 500
Wikimedia Commons 2000
Wikidata 100 100
Wikisource 200
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikivoyage 10 10
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


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)


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)
3227000 BDT
Multi-year funding request summary
Year Amount (local currency)
Year 1 N/A BDT
Year 2 N/A BDT
Year 3 N/A BDT
Requested amount in USD
30366.07 USD [note 1]
Multi-year funding request summary in USD
Year Amount USD [note 1]
Year 1 N/A USD
Year 2 N/A USD
Year 3 N/A 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.

We plan to employ one short-term contractor or staff members to assist all tasks related to our initiatives. This individual will be brought on board specifically to support the effective execution of our projects and to ensure smooth coordination of activities during the proposal period.
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.

No full-time staff
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 455000 BDT
Operational costs 1528000 BDT
Programmatic costs 1244000 BDT
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)

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