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Wiki Loves Folklore 2024
start date2024-01-012024-01-01T00:00:00Z
end date2024-12-312024-12-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)20000 USD
grant typeGroup of individuals not registered with an organization
funding regionSA
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundRound 1
organization (if applicable)Wiki Loves Folklore International Team

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Applicant information[edit]

Organization name or Wikimedia Username for individuals. (required)
Wiki Loves Folklore International Team
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)
Group of individuals not registered with an organization
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)
Wiki Loves Folklore 2024
2. Do you want to apply for the multi-year funding or renewal process? (required)
No but we would like to apply for multi-year funding next time
2.1. For how many years of multi-year funding are you applying? (required)
2 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)

In Year 2 of the proposed plan, we will continue to build on the success of our annual contests, "Wiki Loves Folklore" and "Feminism and Folklore." These contests have become integral components of our strategic plan, aligning with our commitment to promote diversity and inclusivity on Wikimedia Projects. Year 2 will mark another edition of these contests, where we will leverage the lessons learned and improvements made in 2024 edition to make them even more successful. Our strategy recognizes the importance of these contests in fostering a sense of community, encouraging content creation, and highlighting underrepresented topics, all of which align with our overarching goals. In summary, Year 2 of our plan will see the continued growth and refinement of "Wiki Loves Folklore" and "Feminism and Folklore" reinforcing their significance within our strategic framework and furthering our mission of promoting folklore and bridging the gender gap on Wikimedia Projects.

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)
In the past five years Wiki Loves Folklore has received uploads from 168 countries like Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados‎, Belarus, Belgium, Belize‎, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cote d Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, DR Congo, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada‎, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius‎, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa‎, San Marino‎, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu‎, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wales, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
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)

Wiki Loves Folklore is an international photography contest which aims to document tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the world. The vision of the project is to bridge the local folklore and cultural gap around the world on Wikimedia commons in free license.

Wiki Loves Folklore 2024, now in its sixth edition, is an international photography contest that invites photographers to contribute media (photographs, video, and audio) showcasing their local folk culture to Wikimedia Commons. These contributions are made available under free licenses for use on Wikipedia and other platforms with proper attribution. This contest celebrates and highlights various aspects of regional folk culture, encompassing folk dances, folk music, folk traditions, culinary delights, attire, folklore, and a wide array of traditions, including ballads, folktales, legends, traditional performances, games, seasonal festivities, customs, folk arts, religious practices, mythology, and more.

Simultaneously, there is a concurrent writing contest known as "Feminism and Folklore" taking place on Wikipedia. This initiative aims to enhance the coverage of women in folklore and the intangible heritage of folk culture from diverse regions. It encompasses various elements such as folk dances, folk music, traditional activities, games, cuisine, attire, folklore, and traditions, spanning ballads, folktales, fairy tales, legends, traditional performances, games, seasonal observances, calendar customs, folk arts, folk religion, mythology, and beyond. The ultimate goal of this campaign is to document and preserve the world's rich intangible cultural heritage.

In our grant application, we aim to tackle the challenges associated with documenting local culture by actively participating in the Wiki Loves Folklore photography competition. Through this initiative, we plan to upload images showcasing both tangible and intangible aspects of living heritage onto Wikimedia Commons. Additionally, our involvement in the writing competition focused on feminism and folklore serves a dual purpose by not only contributing to cultural preservation but also by addressing the gender gap on Wikipedia. These strategies will collectively support us in effectively addressing the challenge of documenting and promoting local culture while fostering inclusivity and gender diversity within the Wikimedia community.

The Wiki Loves Folklore International photography contest plays a pivotal role in promoting the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, aligning with the principles outlined in the 2003 UNESCO Convention. By encouraging participants from diverse backgrounds to capture and share images representing various aspects of their cultural heritage, the contest contributes to the documentation and dissemination of intangible heritage. Through the power of visual storytelling, it helps raise awareness about the significance of these cultural practices, rituals, and traditions. Moreover, the contest fosters a sense of community engagement, enabling individuals and groups to actively participate in the preservation of their heritage, a key aspect of the convention's ethos. By amplifying intangible cultural heritage on a global platform like Wikimedia Commons, Wiki Loves Folklore facilitates its transmission across generations, making it more accessible and relevant in the contemporary world while respecting the spirit of the 2003 UNESCO Convention.

9. What categories are your main programs and related activities under? Please select all that apply. (required)
Category Yes/No
Education No
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

Culture, heritage or GLAM

9.2. Select all your programs and activities for Culture, heritage or GLAM. (required)
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)
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
Other programs and activities if any: N/A

Participation in campaigns and contests

9.5. Select all campaigns that apply. (required)
Feminism and Folklore, Wiki Loves Folklore
Other programs and activities if any:
10. Please include a link to or upload a timeline (operational calendar) for your programs and activities. (required)
January - On-wiki preparation and outreach.

February and March - Contest period for Wiki Loves Folklore and Feminism and Folklore April to June - Post processing and Jury work July to September - Results and prize distribution October to December - Project wrap up and preparation of next year.

11. Describe your team. (required)

In this edition owing to our past experiences, we are committed to establishing a robust team structure that will ensure the success of our project. The core of our team will be led by the Chief Coordinator, who will oversee the project's execution. Supporting the Chief Coordinator, there will be two Regional Coordinators responsible for specific geographical areas, providing localized insights and support.

To ensure fiscal responsibility, a dedicated Fiscal Sponsor will meticulously manage expenses and finances, ensuring transparency and accountability throughout the project's duration.

Our Board of Advisors, comprised of experts and experienced individuals, will play a pivotal role in guiding our international team, providing invaluable insights and effective strategies for the contest's success.

We recognize the importance of accessibility to information, and to that end, we will create and maintain a dedicated Wikimedia Commons page that will serve as a comprehensive resource hub for all information pertaining to the international team and the project.

Our project will extend beyond international borders, with a network of local organizers in each participating country, responsible for orchestrating and executing the contest locally. To ensure the quality of articles created during the 'Feminism and Folklore' project, Language Coordinators will be appointed for each Wikipedia language edition. These Language Coordinators will offer guidance to the jury, ensuring that the articles adhere to our project's objectives.

Finally, an independent International Jury Team will be entrusted with the crucial responsibility of selecting the winning images for 'Wiki Loves Folklore' Their impartial judgment will play a key role in recognizing and promoting the most outstanding contributions to this cultural and artistic endeavor

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 will be working on both internal and external partnerships to enhance our collaborative efforts. Internal partnerships often involve close collaboration with various Wikimedia chapters and usergroups, aiming to strengthen our core projects and initiatives. External partnerships encompass a diverse range of organizations, including folklore institutions, media partners, Glam institutions.

We aim to maintain our collaborations with the current 73 affiliates and Wikipedia community groups. Alongside our robust existing partnerships with movement affiliates, which have experienced significant growth over the past five years, we intend to broaden our network by establishing new regional and language partnerships for both our photography and Wikipedia campaign editions.

Furthermore, we will also be responsible for managing our existing media alliances and partnerships with platforms such as leitrimobserver.ie, noticiasdealava.eus, dnevnikjuga.rs, scholasticworld.blogspot.com, shotkit.com/news, americanfolkloresociety.org, allevents.in, mediatalks.uol.com.br, democraticunderground.com, elperiodic.com, novini247.com, truescoopnews.com, and babushahi.com. An additional initiative for this year involves ensuring regional and continental media exposure through the collaboration of our regional coordinators. In the previous year, our project news was featured in numerous countries on prominent news portals. We intend to expand these efforts to encompass the ESEAP, SAARC, Europe, North America, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia regions in online print media and newspapers. This aligns with our new marketing and promotional strategy to disseminate our campaign's news to local audiences effectively.

In addition, we have actively assisted our regional coordinators in establishing partnerships with local glam, photography, and research institutions. This approach follows a bottom-up strategy aimed at systematically nurturing an ecosystem where global intangible heritage receives support and expansion through regional collaborations. On the international front, we remain committed to our engagement with UNESCO partners, facilitated by the collaborative efforts of the GLAM and culture teams, as well as the partnerships team of the Wikipedia Foundation. We have maintained ongoing communication with these entities regarding our shared objectives in this regard.

13. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select all that apply. (required)
Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, Identify Topics for Impact, 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 900 Number of all participants: Existing and new participants to be involved in Wiki Loves Folklore and Feminism and Folklore
Number of all editors 300 Number of all editors including existing and new editors involved in Wiki Loves Folklore and Feminism and Folklore.
Number of new editors 200
Number of retained editors N/A
Number of all organizers 30 Number of all Wikimedia organizers involved in activities involved in Wiki Loves Folklore and Feminism and Folklore.
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 300
Wikimedia Commons 10000
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions / Abstract Wikipedia
Description for Wikimedia projects contributions metrics. (optional)

We aim to achieve 10,000 uploads and create 300 articles as our initial targets. This allows us to account for unforeseen challenges that could affect our grant targets and local organizers motivation.

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)
20000 USD
Multi-year funding request summary
Year Amount (local currency)
Year 1 48180 USD
Year 2 58867 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.

In order to successfully execute our project, we have identified the need for two partially stipend supported partially funded staff positions to be covered for 6 months, funded by the General Support Fund. This includes stipends for two International Coordinators, who will work 10 hours a week for 6 months Jan- June (from South Asia and Europe region), one for each of our international projects, who will be instrumental in managing cross-border collaborations and ensuring effective communication between project teams. These roles are integral to the successful realization of our project's objectives and will play a pivotal role in its overall success.
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)
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 contactor costs 8600 USD
Operational costs 11400 USD
Programmatic costs 20000 USD
21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)


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