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Wikimedia CEE Spring 2024
start date2024-03-212024-07-01T00:00:00Z
end date2025-01-312025-01-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)9990 EUR
amount requested (USD)10946.14 USD [note 1]
amount recommended (USD)10946.14
amount recommended (local currency)9990 EUR
grant typeWikimedia Affiliate (chapter, thematic org., or user group)
funding regionCEECA
decision fiscal year2023-24
funding program roundRound 2
organization (if applicable)Wikimedia Community User Group CEE Spring

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Applicant information

Organization name or Wikimedia Username for individuals. (required)
Wikimedia Community User Group CEE Spring
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.
Wikimedia Österreich

Main proposal

1. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be a title for the Meta-Wiki page. (required)
Wikimedia CEE Spring 2024
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)
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)
Regional (more than one country in the same continent or region)
Wikimedia CEE Spring is a regional writing contest for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), so it covers the language communities primarily based in this region. Given that the campaign takes place onwiki and focuses on language communities rather than countries, it is more appropriate to provide a list of language communities, which includes the following:
  • Albanian
  • Armenian
  • Aromanian
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bashkir
  • Belarussian (classical)
  • Bosnian
  • Croatian
  • Erzya
  • Esperanto
  • Estonian
  • Georgian
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Kazakh
  • Latvian
  • Macedonian
  • Maltese
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Serbian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Slovak
  • Slovene
  • Tatar
  • Turkish
  • Voro
  • Western Armenian
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 CEE Spring is an international writing contest organised in the CEE region with the goal of supporting the creation and improvement of articles on a variety of topics related to communities and countries from the region. The campaign aims to join local forces of free knowledge to accumulate and distribute information about history, culture, traditions and people in every corner of the region to support mutual acknowledgement and understanding and to increase the quantity and quality of free knowledge available about the CEE region globally.

The central infrastructure for the writing contest will be set up by a team of international organisers which consists of experienced Wikimedians from across the CEE region. This team will communicate with and provide support to local organisers, extend contacts and invite participants from outside the CEE region, make connections with similar like-minded campaigns in the movement (e.g. #WikiForHumanRights campaign), monitor the implementation of the writing contest and evaluate the results after the end of the contest.

Local contests will be organised by local teams and the contest in every community will have a slightly different face to take into account the local context. The local coordinators will be responsible to set up the local infrastructure, define the rules of the local contest, form a jury which will evaluate the contributions and advertise the contest within the local community. As in the previous year, the CEE Hub will guide and support the local communities in organising the contest and approaching to newcomers. By doing so, we want to promote clear work processes and an inclusive environment where participation of new people (both as organisers and participants) is stimulated.

Local teams will have to prepare lists of articles about their country or community, which they would like to see in every possible language in the world and editors from all other places create and significantly edit those articles, whereby participants can write about any topic connected with the other participating countries, regions and communities in Central and Eastern Europe. Local organisers will have discretion to identify thematic areas (e.g. culture, sports, history, geography, society etc.) and important topics, but it is strongly recommended to engage other community members in creating the lists of articles. In order to

This year’s edition will consist of three sub-contests: CEE Women, CEE Youth and CEE for Human Rights. Each of the three aims to close different gaps by encouraging creation and improvement on topics related to women, youth, human rights, environmental protection climate change and other topics. CEE for Human Rights will also be part of this year’s #WikiForHumanRights campaign, which will take place from May to July 2023 and will be partially contained in the time frame for Wikimedia CEE Spring 2024.

We wish to use prize funds of up to €400 per community to help us narrow down the focus of the editors in reaching those aims. By awarding prizes in certain categories, we can ensure the writing of articles in the categories, chosen by each local organiser (e.g. there can be prizes for the largest number of articles about women or human rights in order to close the gender and content gaps). For a second year, there will be international prizes for the most prolific participants in the sub-contests with a prize fund of €150 each.

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 No
Gender and diversity No
Community support and engagement No
Participation in campaigns and contests Yes
Public policy advocacy No
Other No

Participation in campaigns and contests

9.5. Select all campaigns that apply. (required)
CEE Spring
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)
The timeline for the campaign is as follows:
  • 21 March: Start of contest
  • 30 May: End of contest
  • June to August: Handle local organiser request to receive funding
  • October: Finalise report, start funding process for next year’s Wikimedia CEE Spring
11. Describe your team. (required)

The international team consists of volunteer Wikimedians who have long-time experience in organising Wikimedia CEE Spring both locally and internationally as well as other campaigns. They include:

  • Kiril Simeonovski will prepare and submit the grant application, set up the infrastructure for the sub-contest and other pages, and evaluate the contributions in the sub-contests.
  • Philip Kopetzky will set up the general infrastructure of the contest, create a weekly timeline of communities and topics, compile the international list of articles, and prepare and submit the final report.
  • Mārtiņš Bruņenieks will work on identifying topics of interest and provide support in the compilation of article lists for countries and communities.
  • Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska will be a WMF liaison and help with the communication between the international team and other parties in the movement.
  • Marik Stelmasik will generate daily statistics about the progress of the contest across participating communities and sub-contests that will be used to measure success.
  • Željko Blaće will work on identifying topics of interest related to underrepresented minority groups and attracting editors to write articles on those topics.
  • Farhad Fatkullin will promote the campaign among the minority language communities of Russia.

Apart from the international team, there will also be involvement from the CEE Hub staff and the fiscal sponsor with the following people:

  • Manfred Werner from Wikimedia Austria will handle the grant and distribute prize funds to participating communities as well as to winners of international prizes.
  • Toni Ristovski from the CEE Hub will coordinate the CEE communities towards preparing for participation in the writing contest.
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)

The international team will closely collaborate with the CEE Hub in coordinating the language communities from the region to take part. This will provide a step-by-step guidance on how to set up the local infrastructure, how to define local rules, how to make an award distribution, how to compile article lists and how to attract editors. Furthermore, the international team will make efforts to partner with Wikimedia affiliates and communities from outside the CEE region in order to get them involved and globalise the significance of the identified topics from the lists of articles.

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, Invest in Skills and Leadership Development, Identify Topics for Impact, Innovate in Free Knowledge, Evaluate, Iterate, and Adapt



Wikimedia Metrics

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 500 Participants include editors, international team members, local organisers and local jury members.
Number of all editors 450 N/A
Number of new editors 45
Number of retained editors 15
Number of all organizers 30 New organisers include people who have never been involved in organising the contest locally.
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 10000 1000
Wikimedia Commons
Wikidata 100 10000
Wikimedia Incubator
Wikifunctions / Abstract Wikipedia
Description for Wikimedia projects contributions metrics. (optional)

All created Wikipedia articles will reflect edits on the respective Wikidata items. Additionally, we project that 100 Wikidata items will be improved independently.

Other Metrics

15. Do you have other quantitative and qualitative targets for your project (other metrics)? (required)
Other Metrics Description Target
Number of female editors Number of editors who have identified as female in the editor's preferences 50
Number of articles about women Number of created or improved articles about women and related topics 1500
Number of articles about youth Number of created or improved articles about youth 200
Number of articles about human rights Number of created or improved articles on topics related to human rights 200


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)
9990 EUR
Multi-year funding request summary
Year Amount (local currency)
Year 1 N/A EUR
Year 2 N/A EUR
Year 3 N/A EUR
Requested amount in USD
10946.14 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.

One person from Wikimedia Austria as fiscal sponsor will handle the grant and distribute prize funds to participating communities as well as to winners of international prizes.
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.

The person handling the grant will be paid the projected amount in the budget on the basis of a short-term contract.
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 are no changes regarding the staff involved in the implementation of the activities.
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 600 EUR
Operational costs 300 EUR
Programmatic costs 9000 EUR
21. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it. (required)


Additional information

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