The rapid grants program is experiencing a large volume of applications. This has affected our ability to respond to proposals in the same month as they have been submitted. Thank you for your patience as we work through the backlog of requests.
Learn the information you need to apply for a Rapid Grant, including program guidelines, who is eligible for funding, criteria used to review requests, timelines for the process, and what expenses can be requested.
Guidelines and Criteria
Individuals, groups, and organizations may apply.
Maximum request is USD 2,000. Minimum request above USD 500.
Grants can be up to 12 months in length.
Grant requests and reports are accepted in any language.
Any individual, group, or organization is allowed three open grants at any one time. This includes both Rapid Grants and Project Grants. Conference Grants are not included in this cap.
Funds are typically for direct expenses and not used to pay for people’s time. There are some exceptions. Please review the Funding Guidelines below and email rapidgrantswikimedia.org if you have questions.
We support volunteer participation; participation that is tied to paid work is not eligible for funding.
Grantees must be in good community- and legal- standing (not currently blocked or banned, involved in allegations of unethical financial behavior, etc).
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.
Applications will only be accepted between 1st and 15th of each month.
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.
Decisions will be made on an application by the end of each month.
When selecting applications we consider the following criteria…
Strategic priority: Do your activities improve one or more of Wikimedia’s existing websites?
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?
Contribution record: Do you have a history of engaging with Wikimedia projects and communities?
Support and endorsement: Do you have sufficient volunteers to complete the project and endorsements from community members?
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 between USD $500 and up to USD $2000 for Rapid Grants
Requests from $2001 up to $100,000 for Project Grants
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
Fiscal sponsor administrative fees of no more than 20% of the requested grant amount. Must be included as an explicit budget line item in the finance section of the grant proposal.
Administrative fees above 20% of the requested grant amount.
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.
Certificates, gift cards, books, photo equipment, etc. to recognize achievements or contest winners for their contributions
Cash prizes for contest or other competition winners
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.
Up to 10% of total budget for unforeseen expenses, such as when items cost more than initially estimated. However, total project budget cannot exceed $2,000 USD.
Expenses already accounted for or estimated in other parts of budget. Budgeting for miscellaneous or unforeseen expenses greater than 10% of total budget.
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
Local travel to Wikimedia events, if it’s included as part of the project
Longer distance travel for activities that can be done online or by local volunteers
Travel to organize an outreach activity (training, editathon, etc.) and conduct follow-up with participants at a non-Wikimedia event
Travel to a non-Wikimedia events with no planned outreach project and follow-up activity