Grants:Project/Rapid/Funding for Meetups in 2019/2020 Session, Wikimedia Fan Club, University of Ilorin

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The Wikimedia Fan Club University of Ilorin, is a hub for undergraduate, postgraduate students, and staff of University of Ilorin with the purpose of contributing to Wikimedia and related projects. We seek to Improve the skills of our current members and recruit new members, we are requesting funds for our second/rain semester activities which includes edit-a-thons and outreaches with faculty and students on campus to get others involved with Wikipedia and its sister projects.
targetWikipedia, Yoruba Wikipedia, Hausa Wikipedia, Igbo Wikipedia, Wikidata, Commons, Wikivoyage,
start dateJune 8th
end dateJuly 30th
budget (local currency)N538000
budget (USD)$1656.41
grant typeIndividual

Please see the sample Meeting application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed. With our weekly meet-ups, we shall:

  1. Engage and improve the undergraduate members involved with the club.
  2. Take advantage of the diversity of academic disciplines to create and improve contents across a wide array of topics and create the missing topics.
  3. Increase skills for existing editors.
  4. Educate students and staff members on how to utilize and edit Wikipedia.
  5. Motivate and train existing editors/members on editing and on creation of content on wikiipedia
  6. Recruit new members for the club who will be editors for Wikipedia.
  7. Improve on the Wikimedia Nigerian Languages Project such as the Yoruba Wikipedia, Hausa Wikipedia and Igbo Wikipedia.
  8. Collaboratively improve the quality of Wikimedia project content through edit-a-thons, workshops, educational programs, and more.
  9. Outreaching to more female students to join Wikimedia.
  10. Close the Content gap on the underrepresented subjects on wikipedia and all other wikimedia tools such as content about Africa and content about women.
  11. Improve on the existing physical community of student editors.

Project Plan[edit]


  1. What is the purpose of the meeting and why is it important to your community?
    The Wikimedia Fan Club in the University of Ilorin has been up and running since late 2017 and has grown to be one of the most influential clubs among the undergradute, postgraduate and academic community of the university. Thanks to funds from Wikimedia, trainings from Asaf Bartov, and adapted emulation of other Wikimedia hubs in universities around the world (eg. Wikipedia Connection, Ohio etc) the club has not just only grown in it's member base of [number], but also contributed [number of edits] edits and articles as seen in [1]

This grant is to enable the club to continue its meetings which will help us to collaborate and engage our skilled editors. It will also create an avenue for the club to train new members and engage them in strategising on how the content gap which the club is bridging can be fast tracked.

  1. If applicable, what benefits have you seen from doing this kind of meeting in the past?
    The Previous [2] which was given to the club has enabled the club's active members to grow from the range of 25 members to 45 members in less than a year after the club was launched. This has led the members of the club to create over 80 articles and make over 5000 edits on all wikimedia platform. The club has recruited new student editors into the club as it has just concluded its last meeting Wiki Hatch.
  1. How will you let participants know about the meeting?
    We have an active whatsapp group where we engage each other and share information about club's upcoming activities. We will also be pasting notices around campus. We will also be posting digital flyers on the school's various WhatsApp groups.
  1. How will you keep participants engaged after the meeting is over?
    After each meeting, participants will be added to the club's WhatsApp group. Should there be any challenges faced by anyone while editing, the WhatsApp group can support. The link to articles needing copy editing will also be shared on the club's whatsapp group to engage members in order to improve their skills. New recruited members of the club will also be assigned to some old members of the club in order to engage them and keep them active.
  1. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?


Note: In addition to your project-specific measures of success, you will also be asked to report on some Global Metrics at the end of your final report. Please keep this in mind as you plan, and we'll support you as you begin your project.

  1. Number of total participants- 45
  2. Number of people who will help organize the event- 10
  3. Number of meetings: 12
  4. Number of total new members/editors: 30 participants who have never contributed to Wikipedia before.
  5. Number of articles created or improved (if applicable): 20 new articles and more than 500 edits(primarily through edit-a-thons)
  6. Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons: More than 200 images.
  7. Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects: 10


  • Food & drinks =N1000 | 3.28 USD/meeting x 35 people x 12 meetups = N420,000 | $1369.20
  • Data 4GB= N4000/meeting x 12 meetups= N48,000 | $156.66


To be shared amongst members periodically to identify with the Wikimedia project, publicise the club and attract others.

  • Wikipedia branded notebooks= N500 x 50 = N25000 | $81.59


  • Roll up banner (for publicity) = N30000 | $97.91
  • Contingency funds (stationeries, printouts, calls, SMS units etc. ) = N15000 | $48.96

Total: N538000 | $1656.41[edit]

Forex rate used is $1 = 306.4, provided by the Central Bank of Nigeria and used by banks