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Wikimedia Foundation Grantmaking

Travel and Participation Support

Travel funding to participate in mission-aligned events.
Individual Engagement Grants

Comprehensive support for individual and small team projects focused on online impact.
Project and Event Grants

Expenses related to organizing events and running projects. For individuals, groups and organizations.
Annual Plan Grants

Funding the annual budgets and mission objectives of affiliated organizations.

Increasing the quantity, quality, diversity, and reach of free knowledge.

Supporting mission-allied people and organizations around the world.

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Other languages:
العربية 69% • ‎مصرى 6% • ‎български 6% • ‎dansk 6% • ‎Deutsch 6% • ‎Ελληνικά 6% • ‎English 100% • ‎español 6% • ‎français 25% • ‎galego 0% • ‎עברית 38% • ‎Bahasa Indonesia 6% • ‎italiano 100% • ‎日本語 100% • ‎ქართული 6% • ‎Lëtzebuergesch 0% • ‎norsk bokmål 88% • ‎português do Brasil 6% • ‎русский 62% • ‎српски / srpski 6% • ‎Setswana 6% • ‎Türkçe 6% • ‎українська 6% • ‎中文 75% • ‎中文(简体)‎ 6%

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Our approach[edit]

WMF staff, community volunteers, and affiliate organizations work together to find and fund innovative and important projects, and to evaluate and share the impact of the work being done across the movement. In addition to financial support, we provide grantees with tools, mentorship, and opportunities to tell their own stories and share their knowledge.



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Our goals[edit]

We encourage projects that provide opportunities to reach the Wikimedia movement's goal of spreading participation in free culture across boundaries of language, gender, and geography. We seek out opportunities for growth in under-represented demographics, smaller and newer Wikimedia projects, and communities in the global south. We focus on providing individuals within these communities with tools to help them succeed.



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Who we are[edit]

Wikimedia Grantmaking is a collaboration between grantees, WMF staff, volunteer committees, and Wikimedians from across the globe. We connect people from dozens of Wikimedia projects and geographies within our worldwide free culture movement.



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Submit a proposal[edit]

Our grantmaking programs offer a range of options for supporting different kinds of projects. We fund projects for individual contributors, teams, user groups and chapters.


Travel and Participation Support Individual Engagement Grants Project and Event Grants Annual Plan Grants
Funding for individual contributors to travel to participate in events. Funding for individuals to lead projects with online impact. Funding events and project expenses for individuals, groups, and organizations. Funding annual plans for Wikimedia affiliate organizations.
Proposals accepted at any time. Proposals accepted twice annually. Proposals accepted at any time. Proposals accepted twice annually.


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Join a committee[edit]

Our committees are made up of volunteer contributors, WMF staff members, and movement affiliates. Eligibility criteria and responsibilities vary by committee. If you are interested in participating in one of our committees, visit the program's committee page for more information.


Travel & Participation Support Committee Individual Engagement Grants Committee Grant Advisory Committee Funds Dissemination Committee
Represantatives of contributing chapters may participate. All eligible Wikimedians may apply. All eligible Wikimedians may apply. Eligible Wikimedians 21 years or older may be elected or appointed.
Membership is ongoing, with active contribution. 1-year membership term, renewable with active participation. Membership is ongoing, with active contribution. 2-year membership term, renewable by community election or re-appointment.


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Share knowledge[edit]

We value bold ideas and data-driven innovation. Effective grantmaking requires community involvement at every point in the process. Our community portals provide shared workspaces for proposing and refining new ideas, asking questions, and sharing valuable lessons.


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Grantmaking blog[edit]

We reach a global audience, in multiple languages, across and beyond the boundaries of our movement. On the Grantmaking blog grantees share stories from ongoing and completed projects, and grantmakers offer new and notable updates about our programs.


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Guiding documents[edit]

Our grantmaking is done in public and reports back to the communities we serve. We honor the Wikimedia movement’s commitment to openness and transparency by publishing our plans, budgets, and reports on-wiki. We welcome input on our priorities and processes from the donors who fund our work, and our volunteer colleagues.