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Starting on July 1, 2018 the Rapid Grants Program will only be accepting applications between the 1st and 15th of each month and has instituted a USD $500 minimum for each proposal. If you have questions, please email rapidgrants@wikimedia.org.


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Rapid Grants


How to Apply

  1. Read about how the program works and make sure you and your request meet the criteria for support.
  2. Grant applications are accepted in any language. We will support translation for applications and discussions as needed.
  3. Choose one of the application forms below. We've created specific applications for common types of requests. If your project combines several activities, pick the one that fits best, adding information as needed, or use the "Other" application form.
  4. Create your application by typing a name for your page in the format of YourName/Project name in the input box below. You can use your real name or your username. If you are applying as a WMF Affiliate, please enter your affiliate abbreviation. For example, "WM ZA/Wiki From Above" or "UG EG/Wiki Loves Monuments 2016". See here for all affiliate abbreviations.
  5. Follow the instructions that appear when you create the application.

When to Apply

  1. Applications will only be accepted between 1st and 15th of each month.
  2. Grantees will be expected to respond to questions on the discussion page within a week of questions/comments being posted. If no response has been given, the application will be declined but you may resubmit with responses in the next month of applications.
  3. Decisions will be made on an application by the end of each month.

Edit-a-thon[edit]

Apply here for events that involve bringing Wikimedia project contributors together to actively edit or contribute to any Wikimedia projects.

The Edit-a-thon Rapid Grant application will ask the following questions:
  1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?
  2. How will you let your community know about the event?
  3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?
  4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?
  5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

Meeting[edit]

Apply here for events that involve bringing Wikimedia project contributors together to socialize, plan a project, recruit editors, or running a workshop or training.

The Meeting Rapid Grant application will ask the following questions:
  1. What is the purpose of the meeting and why is it important to your community?
  2. If applicable, what benefits have you seen from doing this kind of meeting in the past?
  3. How will you let participants know about the meeting?
  4. How will you keep participants engaged after the meeting is over?
  5. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

Contest[edit]

Apply here for events that involve evaluation or judging of contributed content on Wikimedia projects. Contests often involve prizes for event winners as well.

The Contest Rapid Grant application will ask the following questions:
  1. What content will the contest focus on, and why is it important to your community?
  2. How will you let people know about the contest?
  3. How will you judge the contest and award prizes?
  4. For photo contests, what is the strategy to get images used on projects?
  5. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

Equipment[edit]

Apply here for requests for physical equipment for the purposes of creating or improving content on Wikimedia projects.

The Contest Rapid Grant application will ask the following questions:
  1. What content gaps will you be filling with the equipment?
  2. What activities will you organize in the next 6 months to create content and use it on Wikimedia projects?
  3. How will the equipment be shared/tracked/cared for by members of your community?
  4. How long will the equipment be used, and by whom?

Photowalk[edit]

Apply here for events that involve groups of editors working together to take photographs in a particular region or locality to improve one or more Wikimedia projects.

The Photowalk Rapid Grant application will ask the following questions:
  1. How many walks/tours will you organize and how many people on each walk?
  2. What kind of content will the walks focus on? Why is this topic a priority?
  3. What is the plan to ensure images will be used on Wikimedia projects?
  4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

Individual Travel to Non-Wikimedia Events[edit]

Apply here for travel to non-wikimedia events to present on a special area of expertise, and conduct outreach events in your region.

The Individual Travel to Non-Wikimedia Events Rapid Grant application will ask the following questions:
  1. What is the purpose of the event you're attending and why is it important that you attend?
  2. Will you be presenting at the event?
  3. What kind of outreach activity do you plan to do?
  4. How will you let other participants know about your outreach activity?
  5. Do you have a specific networking plan? (e.g. specific people, organizations, groups you would like to develop partnerships with)
  6. What is your plan to follow-up with new contacts?

Other[edit]

Apply here if your proposal does not fit in any of the above groups.

This Rapid Grant application will ask the following questions:
  1. Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing?
  2. How will you let others in your community know about your project (please provide links to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions)?
  3. Why are you targeting a specific audience?
  4. What will you have done at the end of your project?
  5. How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?