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Allgemeiner Unterstützungsfonds

Who?

Individuals, groups, Wikimedia affiliates or organisations from Wikimedia movement

What?

For annual or strategic plans that require sustained support and for larger projects and programs.

When?

4 months processing time, 2 rounds in a year

How much?

On average 10,000 - 300,000 USD of unrestricted funding[1]


How to apply

  1. Read about what we fund and who can apply below.
  2. Required step: Contact the Regional Program Officer as you start to think about your application. They will help to understand what round to apply for and will support you in the process.
  3. Go to Wikimedia Foundation Grantee Portal (Fluxx) and log in.
    • If you do not have an account, click Register Now and provide the requested information. You will receive confirmation of your registration within one working day.
  4. Select the Apply for General Support Fund button on the main page. Click Save and Continue or Save and Close to save the application.
  5. Follow the instructions on the application form. Click Submit to submit the application for review.

  • We accept applications in any language. We will support translation for applications and discussions as needed.
  • Applications will be published to Meta-Wiki automatically within two days. This is done for community review and feedback.
  • You can prepare the application offline. Make a copy of the application form, answer the questions and copy the text to Fluxx.
General Support Fund Application Form (Google Docs)
General Support Fund Budget Template (Google Sheets)

What we fund

Examples of projects we fund as part of annual plan
  • Education projects
  • Kultur- und Kulturerbeprojekte, die den Beitrag von Inhalten, die Kuration der Inhalte und die Förderung der Zugänglichkeit dieser Inhalte unterstützen.
  • Gender and diversity projects
  • Community support and engagement projects
  • Coordination of global campaigns.
  • Public policy advocacy projects that aim to influence legal and regulatory environments (at the national, regional or international level) in order to protect the people, model and the values of the free knowledge movement. These projects could target national legislation, trade agreements, human rights frameworks, and any other regulations and norms set by governments and lawmakers.
Examples of expenses we support
  • Arbeitsräume, Dienstleistungen, Preise, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und andere allgemeine Kosten, die zur Unterstützung von Edit-a-thons, Wettbewerben, Fotowalks und Werbekampagnen erforderlich sind.
  • Datenkosten zur Unterstützung des Zugangs zu Online-Veranstaltungen
  • Entschädigung für klar definierte Aufgaben, die keine Freiwilligentätigkeit ersetzen, einschließlich (aber nicht beschränkt auf) Grafikdesign, Schulungen, Kinderbetreuung, Übersetzung, Projektmanagement und Wikimedian-in-Residence-Aufgaben.
  • Learning or training expenses - costs related to learning or training for community members or affiliate staff.
  • Reisen für Veranstalter/innen und Teilnahme
Examples of funded applications
Examples of proposals we do not fund
  • Proposals that fit certain criteria are not eligible for review in the Wikimedia Community Fund:
    • Proposals that are primarily focused on research activities should be submitted to the Wikimedia Research Fund.
    • Proposals that are primarily focused on large-scale software development are not eligible for review. Smaller-scale software development projects may be eligible for review in the Rapid Fund pending review from Community Resources and Technology department staff.

Regionale Ausschüsse haben Flexibilität bei der Finanzierung von Projekten und Kosten, die für Antragsteller/innen auf der Grundlage ihres spezifischen Kontexts und ihrer Bedürfnisse der jeweiligen Situation anfallen, und können zusätzliche Anfragen unterstützen, die hier nicht beschrieben sind.

Auswahlkriterien

Any General Support Fund applicant must be in contact with their Program Officer at least one month before the deadline for application. If you have not had a conversation with your Program Officer about applying for General Support Funding, you will need to apply in the subsequent rounds of funding.

Die folgenden grundlegenden Kriterien müssen von allen Antragstellern/innen des Gemeinschaftsfonds von Wikimedia erfüllt werden, damit ein Vorschlag überprüft werden kann:

  • Proposed programs and activities are aligned with the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Arbeiten und Beiträge müssen unter ethischen Open-Access-Vereinbarungen veröffentlicht werden können
  • Anträge müssen für zukünftig geplante Arbeiten sein
  • Applicants that are organisations must be designated as a Wikimedia affiliate, or must be an organisation with a demonstrable history and primary focus related to the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation, such as improving Wikimedia projects and supporting its volunteer contributors.
Behavioral and legal requirements
  • Der Antragsteller / Die Antragstellerin muss den Richtlinien des Universellen Verhaltenskodex und den Richtlinien zur Gewährleistung eines freundlichen Umfelds zustimmen
  • Die Antragsteller/innen müssen alle Anforderungen erfüllen und für alle aktuellen Aktivitäten, die durch die Wikimedia Foundation finanziert werden, gut qualifiziert sein.
  • Der Antragsteller / Die Antragstellerin befindet sich in einem Land, das auf der Grundlage von Gesetzen zum Senden und Empfangen von Geldern in die / aus den Vereinigten Staaten und in/aus ihrem Land legal Fördermittel für die beschriebenen Aktivitäten und Kosten erhalten kann.
  • Applicant does not appear on the United States Department of Treasury Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons List (SDN)
  • Applicants receiving funding must not be Wikimedia Foundation staff members or contractors working more than part time (more than 20 hours per week).
  • Applicant must provide all information and documents needed to receive the funding from Wikimedia Foundation.
Youth Safety

Für alle Aktivitäten, die minderjährige Mitglieder der Gemeinschaft betreffen, muss eine Richtlinie zur Sicherheit von Kindern und Jugendlichen gelten.

  • If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, it also outlines compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provides documentation of the local laws in the annex.
  • The proposal demonstrates how they will ensure the safe engagement of young people in all of the project’s activities.
  • The proposal demonstrates that any adults who will be working in close contact with young people have been properly vetted and trained.
  • The proposal outlines an action protocol in the case that incidents occur relating to the physical and psychological safety of young people.

Antragsverfahren

Für weitere Informationen siehe Application and review process.
Current Wikimedia fund regions:      Middle East & North Africa      Subsahara-Afrika      Südasien      East, Southeast Asia, & Pacific      Latin America & Caribbean      Nordamerika      Northern & Western Europe      Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia

Die Programmbeauftragten der Foundation und die partizipativen Ausschüsse arbeiten zusammen, um Antragstellern/innen mit strategischem Wissen zur Seite zu stehen. Die Förderentscheidungen basieren auf der Eignung des Antragstellers / der Antragstellerin und den Ergebnissen der Beratung des Ausschusses.

Here's the summary of the application and review process:

  • Applicant submission: Applicants submit their proposal.
  • Due diligence: Program Officers and Grant Administrators organise the proposals and supporting documents for committee review.
  • Regional Fund Committee review: Committee members review the proposals and supporting documents individually based on a series of criteria and questions.
  • Initial feedback: Committees may publish questions to clarify any aspects of the proposal. Community members may also be posting comments, questions or feedback that applicants should respond to.
  • Structured feedback from Regional Committee: The whole committee meets to discuss each project to consolidate a unified feedback document that will be sent to applicants.
  • Staff feedback shared with committee: Program Officers share their review of each proposal with Committee members.
  • Committee/Applicant meetings: In certain cases, committee members may request a live session with the applicants to discuss this feedback and ask questions. Program Officers may also organise these spaces to provide applicants with support to review this feedback.
  • Applicant responses and revisions: Applicants have a set time to make necessary adjustments or clarifications.
  • Deliberations: Committee members hold a second round of formal deliberation sessions to make their final decisions on the funding. In this stage they take into consideration all the recommendations and adjustments, as well as the overall budget for the region.
  • Committee funding decision and remarks: Applicants are informed of the funding decision via email, Fluxx and Meta-Wiki. If approved, grant administration process begins.

Multi-year funding process

Multi-year grant funding is available for returning applicants if appropriate to the goals and objectives of the applicant for a 2- to 3-year grant period and if approved by the Regional Funds Committee. For multi-year applications, the Regional Funds Committee will evaluate potential increases for years 2 and 3 on a case-by-case basis once the budgets for the upcoming fiscal years are known.

Renewal process

Details about renewal process and other upcoming changes are published at: Wikimedia Community Fund/Proposed changes to General Support Fund in 2023-24.

Zeitplan

General Support timeline is different based on the applicant's funding region. See below for the regional calendar. If you don't know your funding region, look for it at find your region page.

Round 2 (2023-24)

Subsahara-Afrika · Middle East & North Africa

9. Februar - 1. März 2024

Applicant support and eligibility check

1. März 2024

Submission deadline

4. März - 29. März 2024

Review and translation

29. März - 19. April 2024

Review feedback and applicant engagement

3. Mai 2024

Decision announced

17. Mai - 31. Mai 2024

Agreement and first payment

15. Januar 2025

Midpoint conversation

31. Juli 2025

Final or first year report due

East, Southeast Asia, & Pacific · Südasien

15. Februar 2024 - 14. März 2024

Applicant support and eligibility check

14. März 2024

Submission deadline

15. März - 22. April 2024

Review and translation

22. April - 6. Mai 2024

Review feedback and applicant engagement

23. Mai 2024

Decision announced

6. Juni 2024 - 30. Juni 2024

Agreement and first payment

15. Januar 2025

Midpoint conversation

15. August 2025

Final or first year report due

Latin America & Caribbean

16. Februar - 8. März 2024

Applicant support and eligibility check

8. März 2024

Submission deadline

8. März - 12. April 2024

Review and translation

12. April - 3. Mai 2024

Review feedback and applicant engagement

17. Mai 2024

Decision announced

31. Mai - 14. Juni 2024

Agreement and first payment

15. Januar 2025

Midpoint conversation

31. Juli 2025

Final or first year report due

Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia · Nordamerika

16. Februar - 8. März 2024

Applicant support and eligibility check

8. März 2024

Submission deadline

8. März - 6. Mai 2024

Review and translation

6. Mai - 20. Mai 2024

Review feedback and applicant engagement

31. Mai 2024

Decision announced

14. Juni - 28. Juni 2024

Agreement and first payment

15. Januar 2025

Midpoint conversation

31. Juli 2025

Final or first year report due

Northern & Western Europe

20. Februar - 14. März 2024

Applicant support and eligibility check

15. März 2024

Submission deadline

25. März - 14. April 2024

Review and translation

15. April - 25. Mai 2024

Review feedback and applicant engagement

25. Mai 2024

Decision announced

25. Mai - 2. Juni 2024

Agreement and first payment

15. Januar 2025

Midpoint conversation

31. Juli 2025

Final or first year report due

Full timeline for all regions
SSA and MENA SA ESEAP LATAM CEECA NA NWE
Applicant proposal support starts 9. Februar 2024 15. Februar 2024 15. Februar 2024 16. Februar 2024 16. Februar 2024 16. Februar 2024 20. Februar 2024
Eligibility check 9. Februar - 1. März 2024 16. Februar - 14. März 2024 16. Februar - 14. März 2024 16. Februar - 8. März 2024 16. Februar - 8. März 2024 16. Februar - 8. März 2024 23. Februar - 14. März 2024
Submission deadline 1. März 2024 14. März 2024 14. März 2024 8. März 2024 8. März 2024 8. März 2024 15. März 2024
Application translation support 4. März - 8. März 2024 15. März - 5. April 2024 15. März - 5. April 2024 8. März - 12. März 2024 8. März - 12. März 2024 8. März - 12. März 2024 15. März - 24. März 2024
Review starts 11. März 2024 18. März 2024 18. März 2024 12. März 2024 18. März 2024 18. März 2024 25. März 2024
Feedback received 29. März 2024 22. April 2024 22. April 2024 12. April 2024 6. Mai 2024 6. Mai 2024 15. April 2024
Engaging with feedback 29. März - 19. April 2024 22. April - 6. Mai 2024 22. April - 6. Mai 2024 12. April - 3. Mai 2024 6. Mai - 20. Mai 2024 6. Mai - 20. Mai 2024 15. April - 5. Mai 2024
Decision announced 3. Mai 2024 23. Mai 2024 23. Mai 2024 17. Mai 2024 31. Mai 2024 31. Mai 2024 25. Mai 2024
Agreement signed 17. Mai 2024 6. Juni 2024 6. Juni 2024 31. Mai 2024 14. Juni 14. Juni 2. Juni 2024
First payment sent 17. Mai - 31. Mai 2024 7. Juni - 30. Juni 2024 7. Juni - 30. Juni 2024 31. Mai - 14. Juni 2024 14. Juni - 30. Juni 2024 14. Juni - 30. Juni 2024 14. Juni - 30. Juni 2024
Midpoint learning conversation 15. Januar 2025 15. Januar 2025 15. Januar 2025 15. Januar 2025 15. Januar 2025 15. Januar 2025 15. Januar 2025
Final report due 31. Juli 2025 31. Juli 2025 31. Juli 2025 31. Juli 2025 31. Juli 2025 31. Juli 2025 31. Juli 2025
Yearly report due for multi-year funds 31. Juli 2025 15. August 2025 15. August 2025 31. Juli 2025 31. Juli 2025 31. Juli 2025 29. August 2025

Round 1 (2023-24)

Full timeline for all regions
SSA and MENA SA ESEAP LATAM CEECA NA NWE
Applicant proposal support starts 11. August 2023 11. August 2023 11. August 2023 25. August 2023 18. August 2023 25. August 2023 1. September 2023
Eligibility check 11. August - 8. September 2023 11. August - 8. September 2023 11. August - 8. September 2023 25. August - 29. September 2023 18. August - 8. September 2023 25. August - 15. September 2023 1. September - 29. September 2023
Submission deadline 8. September 2023 8. September 2023 8. September 2023 29. September 2023 8. September 2023 15. September 2023 29. September 2023
Application translation support 11. September - 15. September 2023 11. September - 15. September 2023 11. September - 15. September 2023 2. Oktober - 6. Oktober 2023 11. September - 15. September 2023 19. September - 23. September 2023 2. Oktober - 6. Oktober 2023
Review starts 18. September 2023 18. September 2023 18. September 2023 9. Oktober 2023 18. September 2023 25. September 2023 9. Oktober 2023
Feedback received 6. Oktober 2023 6. Oktober 2023 6. Oktober 2023 27. Oktober 2023 20. Oktober 2023 20. Oktober 2023 27. Oktober 2023
Engaging with feedback 6. Oktober - 27. Oktober 2023 6. Oktober - 27. Oktober 2023 6. Oktober - 27. Oktober 2023 27. Oktober - 10. November 2023 20. Oktober - 10. November 2023 20. Oktober - 10. November 2023 27. Oktober 2023 - 10. November 2023
Decision announced 10. November 2023 10. November 2023 10. November 2023 1. Dezember 2023 21. November 2023 21. November 2023 24. November 2023
Agreement signed 1. Dezember 2023 1. Dezember 2023 1. Dezember 2023 15. Dezember 2023 8. Dezember 2023 8. Dezember 2023 15. Dezember 2023
First payment sent 1. Dezember - 19. Dezember 2023 1. Dezember - 19. Dezember 2023 1. Dezember - 19. Dezember 2023 15. Dezember 2023 - 19. Januar 2024 8. Dezember 2023 - 12. Januar 2024 8. Dezember 2023 - 12. Januar 2024 15. Dezember 2023 - 19. Januar 2024
Midpoint learning conversation 15. Juli 2024 15. Juli 2024 15. Juli 2024 15. Juli 2024 15. Juli 2024 15. Juli 2024 12. August 2024
Final report due 31. Januar 2025 31. Januar 2025 31. Januar 2025 31. Januar 2025 31. Januar 2025 31. Januar 2025 31. Januar 2025
Yearly report due for multi-year funds 31. Januar 2025 31. Januar 2025 31. Januar 2025 31. Januar 2025 31. Januar 2025 31. Januar 2025 31. Januar 2025

Principles and values

Die Grundsätze, die grundlegend sind und die Zuschussstrategie unterstreichen, basieren direkt auf den Grundsätzen der Strategie der Bewegung:

  • Subsidiarität und Selbstverwaltung
  • Gerechtigkeit und Befähigung
  • Kooperation und Zusammenarbeit
  • Mensch im Mittelpunkt – Zuhören und Nachdenken
  • Effiziente Daten und iterative Praktiken – Förderung von Innovation und Lernen

Reporting requirements

There are two types of required reports if your General Support Fund request is approved: Final report (written) and Conversation report (online meeting).

Final learning report

This is a written report to submit within 30 days after the grant end date.

  1. Go to Wikimedia Foundation Grantee Portal (Fluxx) and log in.
  2. Find the Reports section on the left sidebar. Select the Upcoming link and you will see all upcoming reports.
  3. Select the report and click Edit. Answer the questions in the form. You can write it in any preferred language.
  4. When the report is complete, click Submit to send it for review. The report will be published on Meta-Wiki within two working days.

You can prepare the report offline. Make a copy of the report form, answer the questions and copy the text to Fluxx.

Final or Yearly Report Form for applications approved in FY 2023-24 (Google Docs)
Final or Yearly Report Form for applications approved before FY 2023-24 (Google Docs)
Conversation reports

There are two conversation reports. You will meet the Program Officer online two times in the middle of the grant implementation and after completing the grant. They will ask questions and complete the forms.

You can review the questions before the online meeting. You do not need to fill out these forms.

Midterm Conversation Questions (Google Docs)
Final or Yearly Conversation Questions (Google Docs)
Multi-year funding reports

If you have a multi-year funding, the required reports are slightly different.

  • Yearly learning report: The same form as final learning report but submitted yearly.
Final or Yearly Report Form for applications approved in FY 2023-24 (Google Docs)
Final or Yearly Report Form for applications approved before FY 2023-24 (Google Docs)
  • Yearly conversation between PO-grantee partners: The same meeting as final conversation meeting but organised yearly.
Final or Yearly Conversation Questions (Google Docs)

Ressourcen

Updates

Contact us

If you have any questions about the General Support Fund, please reach out to your Regional Program Officer via email:

Region Regional Program Officer Email address
Middle East & North Africa Farida El-Gueretly mena_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Subsahara-Afrika Veronica Thamaini ssa_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Südasien Jacqueline Chen sa_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
East, Southeast Asia, & Pacific Jacqueline Chen eseap_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Latin America & Caribbean Mercedes Caso lac_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Nordamerika Chris Schilling na_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Northern & Western Europe Agnes Bruszik nwe_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia Chris Schilling ceeca_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org

Notes

  1. Unrestricted funding means that grantees are able to reallocate funding in their budget to new or existing mission-aligned activities or expenses at their own discretion during the funding period. You do not need to obtain permission from the Foundation for reallocation for these changes in your budget. For the General Support Fund and Conference & Event Fund, when reallocations exceed 20% of your total budget from the funding program, please notify your program officer of these changes. This notification would not be to request approval, but to generally inform the Community Resources team what circumstances or opportunities are prompting more significant changes in your budget.