Grants:Project/Rapid/Plan

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Rapid Grants


PLAN YOUR PROJECT

Editathon[edit]

Edit-a-thons are a great way to gather friends, colleagues, and community members to add content to Wikimedia projects.

What WMF grants will pay for

  • space to host the editathon with an internet connection
  • snacks for participants
  • reimburse volunteers for local travel to attend the events
  • printing editing 'cheat sheets' in your local language

Typical outcomes

  • Teach new volunteers how to edit
  • Teach experienced editors new skills
  • Add or improve content on a specific subject

Things you will need

  • Space to host the editathon that has sufficient internet for several people to connect.
  • An event page with a place for participants to sign up and a list of articles to work on.
  • A few experienced editors who can teach basic skills or answer questions.
  • A plan for how you will follow up with editors after the event.
  • Participants who have experience using computers and the internet, who can write in the language of the project you will edit.

Look at a sample application for an Editathon rapid grant

Contest[edit]

Photo contests are a popular way to attract new users and increase the number of images available on a particular subject. Writing contests are a great way to motivate experienced editors and fill content gaps through the creation or translation of articles.

What WMF grants will pay for

  • Prizes
  • Shipping or bank transfer fees to deliver prizes
  • Modest award ceremonies that do not require travel funding
  • Transportation for photo walks or tours to help participants photograph subjects that are difficult to access

Typical outcomes

  • Increase the amount or quality of content on a particular subject
  • Increase volunteer motivation and commitment
  • Engage CURIOUS users

Things you will need

  • Volunteers to help manage the contest
  • A scoring system and plans for how the contest will be judged
  • Lists of subjects that need to be photographed, articles to be written, or tasks completed
  • If you want to use the CentralNotice banner to promote your contest, you will need to request a campaign.

Look at a sample application for a Contest rapid grant.

Meeting[edit]

Offline meetings can be helpful for communities who want to plan projects, discuss important topics that have been difficult to resolve online, learn new skills or even to socialize.

What WMF grants will pay for

  • Reimburse local travel
  • Space to host the meeting
  • Snacks and refreshments

Typical outcomes

  • Participants learn new skills
  • Plans for projects are developed
  • Policies are changed as a result of offline discussion

Things you will need

  • A survey or discussion to identify the purpose of the meeting
  • A plan for how participants will follow up with each other after the event

Look at a sample application for a Meeting rapid grant.

Equipment[edit]

Rent or purchase equipment to be shared amongst Wikimedia community members with a plan for use and content integration.

What WMF grants will pay for

  • Purchase or rental of equipment such as cameras, laptops, book scanner, wifi hotspot/dongle, etc.
  • Accessories such as protective cases, tripods, SIM card with data
  • Insurance or extended warranties

Typical outcomes

  • Improve quality of images
  • Increase in content created at events

Things you will need

  • A plan for how the equipment will be used, for how long, and by whom.
  • A survey or review of pages that are missing images to identify high priority subjects to be photographed or scanned.
  • A person who will be responsible for the equipment and updating a page on wiki to track the location and condition of the equipment.
  • A plan for how community members can request the equipment.

Look at a sample application for an equipment rapid grant

Photowalk[edit]

Photowalks, also known as Wikiexpeditions or photo tours, can be organized as part of a contest, as an event to attract new contributors, or to support a community of photographers who want to fill a specific content gap.

What WMF grants will pay for

  • Transportation such as bus or train fare, reimbursement for gas for shared rides
  • Snack and refreshments
  • Entrance fees for parks

Typical outcomes

  • Add or improve content
  • Recruit new editors
  • Engage existing editors
  • Improve quality by teaching photography skills

Things you will need

  • A list of topics, subjects or locations that will be photographed as part of the project.
  • Maps or geographic coordinates tracking things that need to be photographed.
  • It can help to have a person at a museum, park, heritage site or other location who can give your group a tour or special access to materials.
  • If you want to improve quality of images, ask an experienced photographer to give a short workshop at the beginning of the tour.

Look at a sample application for a photowalk rapid grant.