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Project Grants


Guidelines and Criteria

Eligibility criteria[edit]

  1. Individuals, groups, and organizations may apply.
  2. Requests must be over USD 2,000. Maximum request is USD 100,000.
  3. Grants can be up to 12 months in length.
  4. 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 projectgrants@wikimedia.org if you have questions.
  5. We support volunteer participation; participation that is tied to paid work is not eligible for funding.
  6. Grantees must adhere to the Friendly space expectations and have some type of Friendly space policy for in-person events.
  7. You must agree to the reporting requirements, be willing to sign a grant agreement, and provide the Wikimedia Foundation with information needed to process your funding.

Selection criteria[edit]

When selecting applications we consider the following criteria…

  1. Strategic priority: Do your activities improve one or more of Wikimedia’s existing websites?
  2. Potential outcomes and impact: What are the concrete outcomes that are anticipated as a result of the activities? What difference do you expect your project to make?
  3. Contribution record: Do you have a history of engaging with Wikimedia projects and communities?
  4. Support and endorsement: Do you have sufficient volunteers to complete the project and endorsements from community members?

Funding guidelines[edit]


These guidelines apply to both Rapid Grants and Project Grants. Please check with your local Wikimedia affiliate to see if they offer a local grant program!

General guidelines[edit]

Eligible for funding Not eligible for funding
Projects aimed at improving one or more of Wikimedia's existing websites Projects aimed at improving third-party applications

(Click here if you're interested in creating a new wiki instead.)

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

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.


Facilities, equipment and materials[edit]

Eligible for funding Not eligible for funding
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.


Wikipedians-in-Residence[edit]

Eligible for funding Not eligible for funding
Wikipedian-in-Residence to collect resources, train/engage GLAM and Wikimedian community, and organize events around integrating content Wikipedian-in-Residence whose sole focus is to digitize resources and/or personally create content


Software Projects[edit]

Eligible for funding Not eligible for funding
Software projects (including templates, gadgets, bots, and standalone applications) that can be fully completed by the Project Team Software projects that would depend on WMF staff for code review and integration or other technical support (unless those staff are part of the Project Team)
Software projects requiring code review and integration, if there is demonstrated commitment from the related maintainers Software projects requiring code review and integration that do not have the support of related maintainers


Digitization Projects[edit]

Eligible for funding Not eligible for funding
Digitization of materials as part of a program, at the request of the community, with a plan for how digitized content will be integrated into Wikimedia projects. Paying individuals to digitize materials as the primary focus of the project


Events[edit]

Eligible for funding Not eligible for funding
In-person events with a Friendly space policy In-person events without a Friendly space policy
Series of events

Single-instance events with a budget less than $2,000 (via Rapid Grants)

Large, single-instance events over $2,000 are funded through the Conference Support program


Travel[edit]

Eligible for funding Not eligible for funding
Local travel for project planning, execution and follow-up


Longer distance travel to cover essential gaps in content or skills, when it can’t be done locally or online, and when there is a follow-up plan

Longer distance travel for activities that can be done online or by local volunteers
Local travel to Wikimedia events, if it’s included as part of the project Travel to be present at non-Wikimedia events is funded through the Travel & Participation Support program