Learn the information you need to apply for a Project Grant, including program guidelines, who is eligible for funding, criteria used to review requests, timelines for the process, and what expenses can be requested.
Requests must be over USD 2,000. Maximum request is USD 100,000.
Grants can be up to 12 months in length.
Funds for offline activities are typically for direct expenses and not used to pay for people’s time. Funds can be used to pay for people's time in certain cases, for example on software projects and tools development. Please review the Funding Guidelines below and email projectgrantswikimedia.org if you have questions.
We support volunteer participation; participation that is tied to paid work is not eligible for funding.
Projects that foster conditions to encourage editing by volunteers (e.g. editor recruitment campaigns)
Projects that replace volunteer action by directly funding someone to create content (e.g. editing articles, uploading photos)
Production of code, research, materials that are published and released as free and open-source. Licensing should be compatible with current Wikimedia and MediaWiki practices
Production of code, research, materials that are created on a closed source platform or published in such a way that access is not freely available
Projects up to 12 months long
Projects more than 12 months long
Requests from individuals, groups and organizations
Requests from groups and organizations that already have a current Annual Plan Grant
Requests from affiliates (including User Groups) that have announced grant requests on their official user group page on Meta and a local language forum that is recognized by each group, to allow adequate space for objections and support to be voiced.
Requests from affiliates (including User Groups) that have not announced their grant requests to the user group and received feedback and support from the group.
One project per proposal, up to a year in duration.
Multiple projects per proposal. If you would like to submit a multi-project proposal, please apply through our Annual Plan Grants program.
Funds for direct expenses
Funds for people’s time for short-term project activities that can't be completed by volunteers and does not involve content creation
Funds for people’s time when it replaces volunteer activities
Project management fees for concentrated work that could not be completed by volunteers or during non-working hours
Full-time staff or paid affiliate board members
Requests up to $2000 for Rapid Grants
Requests from $2001 up to $100,000 for quarterly Project Grants
No minimum request
Requests of more than $2,000 for Rapid Grants, and more than $100,000 for Project Grants
Applicants/grantees that adhere to Friendly space expectations
Applicants with a history of violating Friendly space expectations
Applicants who (i) agree to the reporting requirements, and (ii) are willing to sign a grant agreement, and (iii) provide the Wikimedia Foundation with information needed to process their funding.
Applicants who can't comply with the requirements and contractual terms of the program
Applicants in good community standing.
Applicants who are blocked or banned on any Wikimedia spaces, or who have a demonstrated history of not complying with Friendly Space expectations. If applicants have been in good community standing for three years, but have previous history of censure, proposals will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Temporary working space for short-term project organization
Ongoing office space rent
Equipment to be shared amongst Wikimedia community members (cameras, laptops, book scanner, wifi hotspot/dongle, etc.) with a plan for use and content integration
Personal equipment and equipment for non-Wikimedia affiliates
Offline (hard-copy) publishing for targeted networking or training (ie: Wiki Love Monuments photo brochure to give your local GLAM partner)
Offline publishing of general outreach materials
Merchandise (swag) to recognize exceptional volunteer contributions (i.e: for help organizing an event, as a contest prize, for the best contributions during an editathon, etc.)
Merchandise giveaways for all participants in an event or for general outreach, including t-shirts. (exception: low-cost stickers and pins)
Small scale equipment purchases for Wikimedia affiliates to be shared among multiple volunteers. If no affiliate is available to host the equipment, a single active volunteer in good standing may serve as the coordination point for shared equipment.
Large scale equipment purchases and distribution programs. For example, we cannot fund computer labs or school computer programs.