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South Asia

This region includes the following countries: আফগানিস্তান; বাংলাদেশ; ভুটান; ভারত; মালদ্বীপ; নেপাল; পাকিস্তান; শ্রীলঙ্কা.

Program Officer

Senior Program Officer for the South Asia Region
sa_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org
অবস্থান: সিঙ্গাপুর
সময় অঞ্চল: GMT +8
যে ভাষায় কথা বলেন: ইংরেজি, চীনা

Regional calendar

Please reach out to your Program Officer if you are interested in applying before making any application or if you need flexibility on dates.

General Support Fund - Round 2 (2023-24)

১৫ ফেব্রুয়ারি ২০২৪ - ১৪ মার্চ ২০২৪

Applicant support and eligibility check

১৪ মার্চ ২০২৪

Submission deadline

১৫ মার্চ - ২২ এপ্রিল ২০২৪

Review and translation

২২ এপ্রিল - ৬ মে ২০২৪

Review feedback and applicant engagement

২৩ মে ২০২৪

Decision announced

৬ জুন ২০২৪ - ৩০ জুন ২০২৪

Agreement and first payment

১৫ জানুয়ারি ২০২৫

Midpoint conversation

১৫ আগস্ট ২০২৫

Final or first year report due

General Support Fund - Round 1 (2023-24)
General Support (Wikimedia Community Fund)

  • Applicant proposal support starts: ১১ আগস্ট ২০২৩
  • Submission deadline: ৮ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০২৩
  • Eligibility check: ১১ আগস্ট - ৮ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০২৩
  • Application translation: ১১ সেপ্টেম্বর - ১৫ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০২৩
  • Review process starts: ১৮ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০২৩
  • Feedback received: ৬ অক্টোবর ২০২৩
  • Engaging with feedback: ৬ অক্টোবর - ২৭ অক্টোবর ২০২৩
  • Decisions announced: ১০ নভেম্বর ২০২৩
  • Agreement signed: ১ ডিসেম্বর ২০২৩
  • First payment sent: ১ ডিসেম্বর - ১৯ ডিসেম্বর ২০২৩
  • Midterm conversation due: ১৫ জুলাই ২০২৪
  • Final report due: ৩১ জানুয়ারি ২০২৫
  • Yearly report due for multi-year funds: ৩১ জানুয়ারি ২০২৫

যোগাযোগ

দ্রুত তহবিল

If you want to apply or if have any questions about the Rapid Fund, please reach out to the Regional Program Officer at: sa_rapid(_AT_)wikimedia.org

General Support Fund

If you have any questions about the General Support Fund, please reach out to the Regional Program Officer at: sa_fund(_AT_)wikimedia.org

Regional Committee

  • आर्या जोशी, আগস্ট ২০২১ - Contributor to Marathi Wikimedia projects and works with many not for profit organizations in Maharashtra. A passionate researcher and enthusiastic learner always.
  • Balajijagadesh, আগস্ট ২০২১ - Open source enthusiast, active in community engagement activities in Tamil Wiki projects. Contributes to Wikisource and Wikidata.
  • Mahir256, আগস্ট ২০২১ - Active Wikidata and Bangla Wikisource contributor, part of the Indic TechCom initiative.
  • Medhavigandhi, আগস্ট ২০২১ - Lead Co-organizer at Art+Feminism, active in GLAM space, open GLAM work; leads The Heritage Lab project.
  • Nawaraj Ghimire, আগস্ট ২০২১ - Wikimedian contributing to the Wikipedia in Classroom project and outreach activities in Nepal.
  • Tarunno, অক্টোবর ২০২১ - Wikimedian active in Bangla Wikimedia projects. Open source enthusiast.

Conversation hours

Conversation hours for Round 2 2022-23

Conversation hours are available for questions, comments, and any general support around our funding programs in the region. Please review the table below for information and links to these meetings:

Date Time Language Topic Grantee Partner Type Link to meeting
১৬ ফেব্রুয়ারি ২০২৩ 3:00 – 4:00 UTC ইংরেজি For new applicants – Wikimedia Community and Alliances Fund SA and ESEAP Video call link
১৬ ফেব্রুয়ারি ২০২৩ 13:30 – 14:30 UTC ইংরেজি For new applicants – Wikimedia Community and Alliances Fund SA and ESEAP Video call link
৯ মার্চ ২০২৩ 3:00 – 4:00 UTC ইংরেজি For new applicants – Wikimedia Community and Alliances Fund SA and ESEAP Video call link

Conversation hours for Round 1 September 2022 - November 2022

Conversation hours are available for questions, comments, and any general support around our funding programs in the region. Please review the table below for information and links to these meetings:

Date Time Language Topic Grantee Partner Type Link to meeting
Tuesday, ৩০ আগস্ট ২০২২ 14:30PM - 15:30PM UTC ইংরেজি General Support Fund applications SA Video call link
Saturday, ১০ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০২২ 14:00 to 15:00 UTC ইংরেজি General Support Fund applications SA Video call link
Thursday, ১৩ অক্টোবর ২০২২ 18:30 - 20:00 IST ইংরেজি Proposal Clinic SA Video call link

Conversation hours for Round 2 March 2022 - April 2022

Conversation hours are available for questions, comments, and any general support around our funding programs in the region. Please review the table below for information and links to these meetings:

Date Time Language Topic Grantee Partner Type Link to meeting
Wednesday, ২ মার্চ ২০২২ 14:30PM - 15:30PM UTC ইংরেজি General Support Fund applications SA Video call link
Saturday, ২৬ মার্চ ২০২২ 13:00 to 14:00 UTC ইংরেজি General Support Fund applications SA Video call link
Tuesday, ১৯ এপ্রিল ২০২২ 18:30 - 20:00 IST ইংরেজি Proposal Clinic SA Video call link

Conversation hours for Round 1 November 2021-December 2021

Conversation hours are available for questions, comments, and any general support around our funding programs in the region. Please review the table below for information and links to these meetings:

Date Time Language Topic Grantee Partner Type Link to meeting
Wednesday, ২৭ অক্টোবর ২০২১ 12:00PM - 13:00PM UTC ইংরেজি General Support Fund applications SA + ESEA +NWE Google Meet Link [ Add this event to your calendar]
Thursday, ২৮ অক্টোবর ২০২১ 13:00 - 14:00 UTC ইংরেজি General Support Fund applications SA+NWE Focus Google Meet Link [ Add this event to your calendar]
Saturday, ৩০ অক্টোবর ২০২১ 03:00 - 04:00 UTC ইংরেজি General Support Fund applications SA+ PACIFIC FOCUS Google Meet Link [ Add this event to your calendar]
Saturday, ১৩ নভেম্বর ২০২১ 03:00 - 04:00 UTC ইংরেজি Proposal Clinic SA+ ESEAP focus Google Meet Link [ Add this event to your calendar]
Saturday, ১৩ নভেম্বর ২০২১ 15:00 - 16:00 UTC ইংরেজি Proposal Clinic SA+NWE focus Google Meet Link [ Add this event to your calendar]

Questions from Office hour 27 July 2021

  • For Organizations asking for Staff support, will their salaries/remuneration be considered as income?

Criteria of eligibility, are non-affiliate groups eligible? As discussed, their eligibility consideration is dependent on what the committee feels about them. How aware is the committee of all such groups’?

  • Considering some mentorship programs are being discussed within affiliates, there might be a chapter supporting a user group to organize, plan and run some activities. So who would apply for this grant? The trainer or the trainee?
  • In continuation of the last question, say both apply for grant for specific activities, but one regional committee approves but other refuses. How will the CRS team evaluate such cases?
  • About Alliance funding, will it only be available to nonprofits or for profit organizations as well?

Regarding specific funds allocation for a region, if we are actually going to promote this funding for underrepresented communities, considering there are other major grantees in the region, cushion might not be sufficient.

  • So what if there is an Allied organization asking for funds for the first time and come up with a great plan for engagement in India and ask for an equal or more amount than the existing grantees, would you consider funding the new organization?
  • Are there any plans on training the regional committees? Or How will you ensure that everybody who's on the regional committee, irrespective of the region, is trained on similar standards?
  • All communities stand at different levels regarding the sensitivity towards various aspects of engagement, grants, etc. Are there any plans for sensitization activities?
  • Drafting Grants’ policies- Will the process be inclusive to the community for review?
  • If an affiliate is being supported by other grantees in the region, will this association act as a barrier for the grant the affiliate wishes to apply directly for expansion of the group's activities?
  • About Grant structure, would there be a Global criteria or would there be a regional criteria for evaluation & funding?
  • When we're talking about increasing the funding opportunities for the under-represented communities, Do you have any kind of plans on capacity building? *Like designing a pilot for new Affiliates, identifying some, extending training on handling finances and later they apply for a grant. This will enable them to efficiently apply for & manage future grants. This will be an actual capacity building and increasing the funding to the underrepresented communities. Otherwise like, or is it just an opportunity without any capacity building support.
  • How will Rapid Funds support long term but short budget projects as it is written that it is only meant for short term projects?
  • Will individuals or smaller affiliates have to compete with big players w.r.t. General Support Fund,?
  • How will you ensure legally to make the grant applicants submit the reports and financial receipts?
  • How will you prevent people from disappearing with the money or submit vague/false reports?
  • How will the transparency of the grant projects be ensured?
  • What is the transaction limit by which an individual will not face FCRA wrath from the Government and how will it be ensured to remove the FCRA barrier for smaller affiliates?
  • If an individual/affiliate wants to hire a paid person to execute some project, how will the money be transferred to that person?
  • What will be the exact legal way to save tax when money comes to someone’s account for a project?

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