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त्वरित अनुदान

Who?

Individuals, groups, Wikimedia affiliates or organisations from Wikimedia movement

What?

For short-term, low-cost projects with Wikimedia focus (1-12 months)

When?

2 months processing time, 1 round in every two months

How much?

500 - 5,000 USD


How to apply

  1. Read about what we fund and who can apply below.
  2. Go to Wikimedia Foundation Grantee Portal (Fluxx) and log in.
    • If you do not have an account, click Register Now and provide the requested information. You will receive confirmation of your registration within two working day.
  3. Select the Apply for Rapid Fund button on the main page. Click Save and Continue or Save and Close to save the application.
  4. Follow the instructions on the application form. You will need to give information about your project and upload several documents.
  5. Click Submit to submit the application for review.

  • We accept applications in any language. We will support translation for applications and discussions as needed.
  • Applications will be published to Meta-Wiki automatically within two days. This is done for community review and feedback.
  • You can prepare the application offline. Make a copy of the application form, answer the questions and copy the text to Fluxx.
Rapid Fund Application Form (Google Docs)
Rapid Fund Budget Template (Google Sheets)

What we fund

Your project should support the achievement of Wikimedia's mission and strategic direction. And it should aim at improving one or more of Wikimedia projects.

Examples of projects we fund
  • Individuals coordinating local events related to a global campaign in their community.
  • Informal and formal community meetup
  • Wikimedia editathons and workshops
  • Strategic and annual plans from Wikimedia affiliates
  • Education projects, for example, reading or editing training on Wikipedia, Wikidata or other Wikimedia projects
  • Cultural and heritage projects that support contribution of content, curation of the content and promote accessibility of that content.
  • Gender and diversity projects, for example, bringing in and training women and gender diverse participants and editors. Also, creating content about women, gender diverse groups, underrepresented communities and their knowledge.
  • Small-scale software development projects
Examples of expenses we support
  • Working space, services, prizes, outreach, and other common costs needed to support edit-a-thons, contests, photowalks, and promotional campaigns.
  • Data costs to support access to online events
  • Project-related travel for organizers
  • Compensation for well-defined roles that do not replace volunteer activities, including (but not limited to) graphic design, training, childcare services, translation, project management, and Wikimedian-in-Residence roles.
Funding travel and equipment
  • No funding for travel scholarships or conference participation. Rapid Funds are project-based resources and only fund travel related to the direct implementation of the project.
  • Equipment purchase is allowed for groups, organizations and affiliates. Equipment-based grants need to clearly demonstrate how the equipment will be shared with other community members. An equipment log or list must be publicly available for community members and included in the application. Examples of equipment funded with Rapid Funds are: laptops, cameras and projector, routers, external drives.
Funding software development
  • Smaller-scale software development projects may be eligible for funding pending review from Community Resources and Technology department staff.
  • Project code must be publicly available and published under a free software license compatible with relevant Wikimedia projects.
  • A documentation plan should be incorporated as a part of the proposed activities.
  • Proposals that depend on multiple or continuous Rapid Funds for long-term maintenance or development goals are generally ineligible.
Funding research
Examples of funded applications

Eligibility requirements

This fund is for you if you:

  • प्रस्तावों को विकिपीडिया के मिशन की उपलब्धि का समर्थन करना चाहिए। यूएस $ 2,000 तक के सभी अनुरोधों पर विचार किया जाएगा। or its equivalent in another currency at the time of the application. Funds are distributed in your local currency.
  • Are a Wikimedia community member, or part of a group or organisation from the Wikimedia movement.
  • Have a 1-12 months long project in mind. Projects must be for future, planned work.
  • Are an individual who does not have any other open Rapid Funds. Before applying for a new Rapid Fund you will need to submit the report for the open Rapid Fund. In some cases, the Program Officer may request to review the report before applicant is able to submit a new grant request.
    • The total fund amount an individual can access per fiscal year (e.g. July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024) is up to USD 10,000.
  • Are an organisation or group with less than 2 open grants at any given time.
    • The total fund amount an organisation or group can access per fiscal year (e.g. July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024) is up to USD 10,000. You are encouraged to have access to a joint bank account.
  • Have current contribution history and experience on the target Wikimedia project(s) mentioned in your grant application. You also need to have organizing experience or training experience. For example, if you are planning to train newcomers on Wikidata, you must demonstrate editing and training history on Wikidata.
  • Have informed the team members about your grant and involved the community in discussing the proposal.
You are not eligible for funding if:
  • The project you have in mind aims to improve third-party websites.
  • The project includes lobbying activities, as per United States Internal Revenue Service definitions. [1]
  • Works and contributions are not published under ethical, open access agreements.
  • You are from a country that cannot legally receive funding for the described activities and expenses, based on laws on sending and receiving funds in the United States and your country.
  • You are not in compliance with all requirements and in good standing for any current activities funded through the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • You are listed on the United States Department of Treasury Specially Designated Nationals And Blocked Persons List (SDN).
  • You are a Wikimedia Foundation staff member or contractor.
  • You are a General Support Fund grantee partner.
  • You are a board member, leader (contacts submitted to AffCom), president, bank account signatory[2], executive director, or other paid staff or contractor of a Wikimedia affiliate/group/organisation with existing Wikimedia Foundation Fund awards (General Support Fund, Rapid Fund, Research Fund, Conference Fund, Movement Strategy Implementation Grants).
    • When there is no significant overlap between the volunteer role (especially board members), group activities, and individual grant, the Program Officer may make exceptions to this criterion.
  • You are an individual applying on behalf of different groups or organisations.
  • You do not provide all information and documents needed to receive the funding from Wikimedia Foundation.
Behavioral requirements

We take all applicants through a due diligence process. This means you need to be in ethical good-standing, (e.g. Wikimedia behaviour, social behaviour, financial behaviour, legal behaviour, etc.).

  • Applicant must follow the Universal Code of Conduct and Friendly Space Policies.
  • Applicants should be in good standing in regard to ethical behavior within the community (e.g. social behavior, financial behavior, legal behavior, etc.), as determined through the due diligence process of the grant program.
  • Within the last year, applicants have not been blocked, banned, or otherwise flagged by Wikimedia Foundation staff or another affiliate for violations of Universal Code of Conduct and Friendly Space Policies, or for other types of violations or conduct issues. If such issues have occurred in the past, the applicant is required to demonstrate learning and understanding in regard to the cause for the issue, such that they are ready to serve as a role model for others as a grantee.
  • Within the last year, applicants have not been repeatedly blocked or flagged for the same issue and/or have not been banned on the Wikimedia Projects. If a block/ban is recorded in the applicant's account history, the applicant is required to demonstrate learning and understanding in regard to the cause for the block, such that they are ready to serve as a role model for others as a grantee.
  • Applicants are not eligible for funding if indefinitely blocked on any Wikimedia project, even if the proposed work is independent from that Wikimedia project.
Youth Safety

Youth Safety Policy must be in place for any activity that involves underage community members.

  • If the proposal indicates direct contact with children or youth, it also outlines compliance with international and local laws for working with children and youth, and provides documentation of the local laws in the annex.
  • The proposal demonstrates how they will ensure the safe engagement of young people in all of the project’s activities.
  • The proposal demonstrates that any adults who will be working in close contact with young people have been properly vetted and trained.
  • The proposal outlines an action protocol in the case that incidents occur relating to the physical and psychological safety of young people.

Additional note: We recommend applying for micro-funding programs and other similar opportunities in local communities where they are available, and where you can coordinate and work with other groups in your geography.

Application process

After submission, the application will be processed according to the following steps:

Initial review (7 days)

  • Pre-screening eligibility check by Program Officer
  • Outreach to relevant groups and communities for feedback

Review (28 days)

Decisions and agreement (18 days)

  • Decisions are announced by Program Officer
  • Grant agreement is signed between you and the Wikimedia Foundation
  • Grant payment is made

Project starts

  • Project start date should be after all described steps are completed

Reporting (30 days after the project end date)

Timeline

Cycle 4 (Deadline: १५ जनवरी २०२४)

Cycle 4

१५ जनवरी २०२४

Submission deadline

१६ जनवरी - २० फ़रवरी २०२४

Review

२४ फ़रवरी २०२४

Decision announced

२५ फ़रवरी - १० मार्च २०२४

Grant processing and payment

१६ मार्च २०२४

Earliest project start date

Cycle 5 (Deadline: १ अप्रैल २०२४)

Cycle 5

१ अप्रैल २०२४

Submission deadline

२ अप्रैल - ७ मई २०२४

Review

११ मई २०२४

Decision announced

१२ मई - २६ मई २०२४

Grant processing and payment

२६ मई २०२४

Earliest project start date

Cycle 6 (Deadline: १ जून २०२४)

Cycle 6

१ जून २०२४

Submission deadline

२ जून - २७ जून २०२४

Review

१ जुलाई २०२४

Decision announced

१ जुलाई - १५ जुलाई २०२४

Grant processing and payment

१६ जुलाई २०२४

Earliest project start date

Cycle 1 (Deadline: १ अगस्त २०२४)

Cycle 1

१ अगस्त २०२४

Submission deadline

२ अगस्त - ५ सितम्बर २०२४

Review

१३ सितम्बर २०२४

Decision announced

१४ सितम्बर - २७ सितम्बर २०२४

Grant processing and payment

३० सितम्बर २०२४

Earliest project start date

Full timeline for all rounds

Cycle 1 - १ जुलाई - २८ अगस्त २०२३
Date Activity Duration
१ जुलाई २०२३ Submission deadline of applications in Cycle 1
३ जुलाई - १० जुलाई २०२३
  • Pre-screening eligibility check by Program Officer
  • Reaching out all relevant groups, organizations, communities, and teams for initial feedback by Program Officer
7 days
१० जुलाई - ७ अगस्त २०२३
  • Eligibility and compliance check by Grant Administrators
  • Review and feedback of proposals by Program Officer and Regional Funds Committee
  • Applicant receives and engages with feedback of proposal, making adjustments
28 days
७ अगस्त - १० अगस्त २०२३
  • Decisions announced
2-4 days
१४ अगस्त - २८ अगस्त २०२३
  • Grant processing, signing agreement, and making grant payment by Grant Admins
14 days
२८ अगस्त २०२३
  • Earliest project start date
  • Reporting date for approved funds
30 days after project end date
१ सितम्बर २०२३
  • Submission deadline for the next cycle
1 week after the decision day
Cycle 2 - १ सितम्बर २०२३ - २६ अक्टूबर २०२३
Date Activity Duration
१ सितम्बर २०२३ Submission deadline of applications for Cycle 2
२ सितम्बर २०२३ - ८ सितम्बर २०२३
  • Pre-screening eligibility check by Program Officer
  • Reaching out all relevant groups, organizations, communities, and teams for initial feedback by Program Officer
7 days
९ सितम्बर २०२३ - ७ अक्टूबर २०२३
  • Eligibility and compliance check by Grant Administrators
  • Review and feedback of proposals by Program Officer and Regional Funds Committee
  • Applicant receives and engages with feedback of proposal, making adjustments
28 days
८ अक्टूबर २०२३ - ११ अक्टूबर २०२३
  • Decisions announced
2-4 days
१२ अक्टूबर २०२३ - २६ अक्टूबर २०२३
  • Grant processing, signing agreement, and making grant payment by Grant Admins
14 days
२६ अक्टूबर २०२३
  • Earliest project start date
  • Reporting date for approved funds
30 days after project end date
२६ अक्टूबर २०२३ - १ नवम्बर २०२३
  • Report review period for Program Officers to review submitted reports and support emerging learnings.
१ नवम्बर २०२३ Submission deadline for the next cycle
Cycle 3 - १ नवम्बर २०२३ - ९ जनवरी २०२४
Date Activity Duration
१ नवम्बर २०२३ Submission deadline of applications for Cycle 3
२ नवम्बर २०२३ - १० नवम्बर २०२३
  • Pre-screening eligibility check by Program Officer
  • Reaching out all relevant groups, organizations, communities, and teams for initial feedback by Program Officer
7 days
११ नवम्बर २०२३ - ९ दिसम्बर २०२३
  • Eligibility and compliance check by Grant Administrators
  • Review and feedback of proposals by Program Officer and Regional Funds Committee
  • Applicant receives and engages with feedback of proposal, making adjustments
28 days
१० दिसम्बर २०२३ - १३ दिसम्बर २०२३
  • Decisions announced
2-4 days
१४ दिसम्बर २०२३ - ९ जनवरी २०२४
  • Grant processing, signing agreement, and making grant payment by Grant Admins
14 days
९ जनवरी २०२४
  • Earliest project start date
  • Reporting date for approved funds
30 days after project end date
९ जनवरी २०२४ - १५ जनवरी २०२४
  • Report review period for Program Officers to review submitted reports and support emerging learnings
१५ जनवरी २०२४ Submission deadline for the next cycle

*this cycle is longer due to the holiday period

Cycle 4 - १५ जनवरी २०२४ - १६ मार्च २०२४
Date Activity Duration
१५ जनवरी २०२४ Submission deadline of applications for Cycle 4
१६ जनवरी २०२४ - २२ जनवरी २०२४
  • Pre-screening eligibility check by Program Officer
  • Reaching out all relevant groups, organizations, communities, and teams for initial feedback by Program Officer
7 days
२३ जनवरी २०२४ - २० फ़रवरी २०२४
  • Eligibility and compliance check by Grant Administrators
  • Review and feedback of proposals by Program Officer and Regional Funds Committee
  • Applicant receives and engages with feedback of proposal, making adjustments
28 days
२१ फ़रवरी २०२४ - २४ फ़रवरी २०२४
  • Decisions announced
2-4 days
२५ फ़रवरी २०२४ - १० मार्च २०२४
  • Grant processing, signing agreement, and making grant payment by Grant Admins
14 days
१६ मार्च २०२४
  • Earliest project start date
  • Reporting date for approved funds
30 days after project end date
१८ मार्च २०२४ - २५ मार्च २०२४
  • Report review period for Program Officers to review submitted reports and support emerging learnings
१ अप्रैल २०२४ Submission deadline for the next cycle
Cycle 5 - १ अप्रैल २०२४ - २६ मई २०२४
Date Activity Duration
१ अप्रैल २०२४ Submission deadline of applications for Cycle 5
२ अप्रैल २०२४ - ८ अप्रैल २०२४
  • Pre-screening eligibility check by Program Officer
  • Reaching out all relevant groups, organizations, communities, and teams for initial feedback by Program Officer
7 days
९ अप्रैल २०२४ - ७ मई २०२४
  • Eligibility and compliance check by Grant Administrators
  • Review and feedback of proposals by Program Officer and Regional Funds Committee
  • Applicant receives and engages with feedback of proposal, making adjustments
28 days
८ मई २०२४ - ११ मई २०२४
  • Decisions announced
2-4 days
१२ मई २०२४ - २६ मई २०२४
  • Grant processing, signing agreement, and making grant payment by Grant Admins
14 days
२६ मई २०२४
  • Earliest project start date
  • Reporting date for approved funds
30 days after project end date
२६ मई २०२४ - ३१ मई २०२४
  • Report review period for Program Officers to review submitted reports and support emerging learnings
१ जून २०२४ Submission deadline for the next cycle
Cycle 6 - १ जून २०२४ - १८ जुलाई २०२४
Date Activity Duration
१ जून २०२४ Submission deadline of applications for Cycle 6
२ जून २०२४ - ६ जून २०२४
  • Pre-screening eligibility check by Program Officer
  • Reaching out all relevant groups, organizations, communities, and teams for initial feedback by Program Officer
7 days
६ जून २०२४ - २७ जून २०२४
  • Eligibility and compliance check by Grant Administrators
  • Review and feedback of proposals by Program Officer and Regional Funds Committee
  • Applicant receives and engages with feedback of proposal, making adjustments
28 days
२७ जून २०२४ - १ जुलाई २०२४
  • Decisions announced
2-4 days
१ जुलाई २०२४ - १५ जुलाई २०२४
  • Grant processing, signing agreement, and making grant payment by Grant Admins
14 days
१६ जुलाई २०२४
  • Earliest project start date
  • Reporting date for approved funds
30 days after project end date
१६ जुलाई २०२४ - ३१ जुलाई २०२४
  • Report review period for Program Officers to review submitted reports and support emerging learnings

How to submit report

If your Rapid Fund is approved, you will need to send a report. Send the report within 30 days after you complete the project.

  1. Go to Wikimedia Foundation Grantee Portal (Fluxx) and log in.
  2. Find the Reports section on the left sidebar. Select the Upcoming link and you will see all upcoming reports.
  3. Select the Rapid Fund report and click Edit. Answer the questions in the form. You can write it in any preferred language.
  4. When your report is complete, click Submit to send it for review.
  • You can prepare the report offline. Make a copy of the report form, answer the questions and copy the text to Fluxx.

Resources

Recommendations for developing fund proposals
Other grants

Contact us

Contact the Program Officer in any preferred language:

Region Regional Program Officer Email address
Middle East & North Africa Farida El-Gueretly mena_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
उप-सहारा अफ़्रीका Yop Rwang Pam ssa_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
दक्षिण एशिया Jacqueline Chen sa_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
East, Southeast Asia, & Pacific Jacqueline Chen eseap_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Latin America & Caribbean Mercedes Caso lac_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
उत्तर अमेरिका Chris Schilling na_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Northern & Western Europe Agnes Bruszik nwe_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org
Central & Eastern Europe & Central Asia Chris Schilling ceeca_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org

References

  1. https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/lobbying.
  2. Individuals who have access to the organizational bank account.