Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/General Support Fund/Wikimedia Armenia GSF 2024-2026

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statusUnder review
Wikimedia Armenia GSF 2024-2026
start date2024-07-01
end date2026-06-30
budget (local currency)131951996 AMD
amount requested (USD)339116.63 USD [note 1]
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionCEECA
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundRound 2
organization (if applicable)Wikimedia Armenia

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Applicant information[edit]

Organization name or Wikimedia Username for individuals. (required)
Wikimedia Armenia
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)
Wikimedia Armenia GSF 2024-2026
2. Do you want to apply for the multi-year funding or renewal process? (required)
Yes, multi-year funding with similar program, budget, and structure every year (strategic plan can be provided but is not required)
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, we plan to continue most of the projects and activities of Year 1, namely, we will continue to concentrate on working with universities and schools, teachers, and professors, we will definitely participate in CEE Spring, WLE, and WLM. Hopefully, our close collaboration with the Central Bank, ICOM Armenia, and similar institutions will resume in Year 2 after our successful cooperation for several years. Community-centered activities (meetups, discussions) have a huge impact on direct communication and transparency in our community, so Wikimedia Armenia will continue to work towards these goals in Year 2, as well. Everything the organization is planning is within the framework of WM AM’s Strategic Plan for 2023-2026.

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)

Wikimedia Armenia has a Strategic Plan developed for the period of 2023-2026 and based on the strategic goals defined in this document determine our approaches and programs. One of our strategic goals is to introduce Wikimedia projects in all regions of Armenia and especially to educational institutions. The challenges we face with this goal are disparities in access to information and digital literacy across different regions of Armenia which may hinder participation in the Wikimedia movement. Financial resources are also a limitation that holds Wikimedia Armenia back from its wider outreach efforts. But our approach here is to find individuals, organizations, and donors who are interested in the Wikimedia movement and the development of rural areas. Thus, with such collaborations and, of course, Wikiclubs’ network that Wikimedia Armenia is trying to expand, we are trying to address this challenge. Another challenge that we are trying to address with our programs and approaches is recruiting newcomers and keeping them in the movement. The turnover of newcomers is a common thing, however, it is possible to keep this process of going in and out of the movement under control through constant support to them, pairing them with experienced mentors, providing them with opportunities to actively participate in various activities and make friends which is what Wikimedia Armenia is doing. Connecting with other Wikimedia communities is also a challenge because on the one hand language barrier is an issue for some parts of our community. On the other hand meeting colleagues from different communities face to face is the best way of starting a collaboration or a joint project which is not always possible because of financial constraints. But this challenge is addressed by meeting a lot of people in different wider Wikimedia events (e.g. Wikimania, CEE Meeting, etc.) and then sharing experiences with our local community and introducing them to our acquaintances from the meetings. For example, the Armenian wiki community had only one representative in the CEE Youth Group but through awareness-raising activities during community meetups and various events, young people of our wiki community are gradually integrating with this group.

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, Wiki Camp, Editing Wikipedia Training, Wikidata programs, Wikimedia Commons programs, Other activities
Other programs and activities if any: Close collaboration with educational institutions (the annual practice of nearly 200 university students).
9.1.2. Select all relevant audience groups for Education. (required)
Secondary school students, Vocational, tertiary, or higher education, Teachers or professors, Other groups
Other groups if any: Academicians

Culture, heritage or GLAM

9.2. Select all your programs and activities for Culture, heritage or GLAM. (required)
Supporting institutions to open up their collections, data, metadata, and research
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
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)
CEE Spring, Wiki Loves Earth, Wiki Loves Monuments, Wiki Loves Women, Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos, 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)

1. President (full-time) Arshak Shahenyan As per the Charter, ensures the implementation of the decisions of the Assembly, as well as the mission and goals of the Organization

  • Manages and directs the Organization's assets of any type and size
  • Approves the internal documents regulating the activities of the Organization
  • Manages the current activities of the Organization

2. Quality Program Coordinator (full-time) Mher Bekaryan

  • Develop and implement strategies to improve the quality of content on Wikimedia projects
  • Train and support editors in improving the quality of their contributions
  • Oversee processes for reviewing and verifying content contributions
  • Working on projects that will increase the quality of Wikipedia and sisters projects

3. Event manager (full-time) Davit Sargsyan

  • Planning, organizing, and executing various events and activities to support the mission of the organization
  • Handling the logistical aspects of event planning
  • Developing event agendas, schedules, and programming that are engaging, informative, and relevant to the target audience
  • Collecting feedback from participants and stakeholders to evaluate the success of events and identify areas for improvement
  • Engaging with potential sponsors, partners, and collaborators to maximize participation and support for events

4. Education and Community Program Coordinator (full-time) Artashes Tadevosyan

  • Developing educational programs
  • Supervising the work with educational institutions
  • Engaging communities and promoting inclusion
  • Closely working and supporting the Wikiclubs
  • Evaluation and reporting of educational and community programs

5. Communication and Social Media Coordinator (contract) Haykuhi Melkonyan

  • Develop a social media strategy
  • Develop engaging content on WMAM’s social media pages
  • Assistance in the creation and editing of written, video, and photo content
  • Support the expansion of the Wikimedia community through social media tools

6. Grants consultant (contract) Mari Avetisyan

  • Researching potential grant opportunities
  • Writing grant proposals
  • Overseeing grant agreement compliance
  • Submitting progress reports
  • Annual impact reports

7. Short-term contractors for Wikicamps (contract) 4 contractors for each Wikicamp

  • During Wikicamps these contractors help the organizing team with coordinating the participants and guiding them.
  • One of the contractors is a doctor, a role which is required for all our camps.

8. Short-term contractor for Teachers' training (contract) One per training

  • The contractor assists with the organization and training of newcomer teachers for the Teachers’ training.

9. Accounting (outsource) “T ACCOUNT” LLC 10. Volunteers for Wikicamps (volunteer) on average 15 per camp 11. Volunteers for teachers’ training (volunteer) Six per training

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)

1. Central Bank of the RA - Grant for organizing “Financial-Economic Wiki Month”, monetary gifts + other gifts 2. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Armenia, Caucasus Nature Fund - Gifts + photo walk tours 3. “Internet Society” NGO - Monetary gifts + other gifts (For “Wiki Campaign on Armenian Topics”) 4. Museums - Content, information materials, sources, in some cases small gifts 5. ICOM National Committee of Armenian Museums - Gifts 6. National Library of Armenia - Content, information materials, sources 7. “VEGA” Company, "VAGA PHARM" Co.Ltd, "ARNDANE" LLC - Donations to Wikiclubs 8. Institute of Liberal Politics - Grant for the organization of the “Free Speech Wiki Gathering” (With financial assistance from the “Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom”) 9. Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom - Grant for “Wikipedia for Women” project 10. Football Federation of Armenia - Gifts

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, Provide for Safety and Inclusion, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Manage Internal Knowledge, 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 1200 Per year
Number of all editors 1000 Per year
Number of new editors 500
Number of retained editors 400
Number of all organizers 50 Per year
Number of new organizers 20
14.2. Number of new content contributions to Wikimedia projects. (recommended)
Contributions to Wikimedia projects
Wikimedia project Created Edited or improved
Wikipedia 9000 3000
Wikimedia Commons 20000 2000
Wikidata 7500 1500
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions / Abstract Wikipedia
Description for Wikimedia projects contributions metrics. (optional)

These numbers are given per year. Also, a cumulative 1800 per year (articles, items, pages etc.) would be created in other Wikimedia projects.

Other Metrics[edit]

15. Do you have other quantitative and qualitative targets for your project (other metrics)? (required)
Other Metrics Description Target
Partnerships with universities/educational organizations In our previous proposal, we envisaged to increase the number of partnerships with different universities and it became a reality. We started collaborating with 2 more universities and we are planning to work with all of them during the implementation period of this proposal.

The target is for year one.

Female participants Wikimedia Armenia is one of the unique organizations that sees very high female participation.

Target 900, or 75% is given for year 1.



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)

1. “VEGA” Company 2. "VAGA PHARM" Co.Ltd 3. "ARNDANE" LLC 4. Central Bank of Armenia 5. Internet Society 6. Friedrich Naumann Foundation

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)
131951996 AMD
Multi-year funding request summary
Year Amount (local currency)
Year 1 65261000 AMD
Year 2 68690996 AMD
Year 3 N/A AMD
Requested amount in USD
339116.63 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.

For each year, 6 paid staff members and contractors, and 11 short-term contractors (4-10 days).
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.

For each year:

Staff, contractors - 4.5 FTE short-term contractors - 10.5 FTE (4-10 days)

19.3. Describe any staff or contractor changes compared to the current year / ongoing General Support Fund if any. (required only for returning grantees)
There were no changes in the staff compared to 2023. Meanwhile, during 2023 Wikimedia Armenia hired a Communication and Social Media specialist as a contractor to provide the presence of the organization’s work on social media and for outreach purposes.
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 33131100 AMD
Operational costs 7920000 AMD
Programmatic costs 24210000 AMD
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)

The increase for Year 2 in the budget is only 5.2% to cover the inflation for the subsequent year.

By submitting your proposal/funding request you agree that you are in agreement with the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and the Universal Code of Conduct.

We/I have read the Application Privacy Statement, WMF Friendly Space Policy and Universal Code of Conduct.