Grants given to Wikimedia Foundation/Potential grants

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Here are some grants, and grant sources, to consider. Actual ongoing grants, and successfully completed grants, are listed on the main grants page.

Contests and challenges[edit]


Universities and Institutes[edit]

Government grants[edit]


The French seem ripe for this. I think this article is relevant:

[1] They realize that the way culture is made and transferred is changing, and that they are not part of it. I don't see any objection to having the French Ministry of Culture pay for meetings of French Wikipedia members. 14:14, 18 Apr 2005 (UTC)



  • National Endowment for the Arts
    • The Arts on Radio and Television -- Grants are available to support the development, production, and national distribution of radio and television programs on the arts. Priority will be given to artistically excellent programs that have the potential to reach a significant national audience, regardless of the size or geographic location of the applicant organization. Only programs of artistic excellence and merit, in both the media production and the subject, will be funded. The deadline to file for FY 2005 is September 10, 2004.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities NEH grant
    • Reference Materials Grants -- Grants are given to support projects that will create reference works and research tools.
      • Applications for FY 2006 grants are due July 15, 2005. Coordination page at NEH grant application
      • Eligible projects include:
        • print and online encyclopedias that encompass various humanities fields or that focus on a particular area or subject;
        • databases and electronic archives that codify and integrate humanities materials, or provide bibliographical control of a subject or field;
        • historical, etymological, and bilingual dictionaries that document a language, as well as reference grammars and other linguistic tools;
        • tools for spatial analysis and representation of humanities data, such as atlases and geographical information systems (GIS); and
        • descriptive catalogs that provide detailed information about humanities materials.
    • Consultation grants -- Consultation grants are designed to help museums, libraries, historical organizations, and community organizations develop a new project or chart a new interpretive direction for an institution. By using a Consultation grant, institutions can confer with a team of advisors to help identify key humanities themes and questions that will guide the early stages of a project's development. Deadline to file is March 22, 2005 for projects beginning September 2005.
    • Documenting Endangered Languages grants -- supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Funding will support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Deadline to file for FY 2006 is November 1, 2005.
  • National Science Foundation
    • Informal Science Education -- The ISE program invests in projects that develop and implement informal learning experiences for individuals of all ages and backgrounds that are designed to increase their interest, engagement, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as projects that advance the theory and practice of informal science education. Projects may target either public audiences or professionals whose work directly affects informal STEM learning. ISE projects are expected to demonstrate strategic impact, collaboration, and innovation. The due date for a letter of intent to seek the grant is November 6, 2004
  • DARPA - caveat: military-industrial complex, may be POV
  • Information on all federal grant programs:

International organisations[edit]

I strongly suggest to explore the European Union possibilities. I would think they will be sympathetic to Wikimedia.

Other Charities and Foundations[edit]

  • National Geographic Foundation - Venture Funds : I have intended to ask for a grant from the NGF for now more than a year. I think I already wrote them 3 mails - that I never send :-) The goal of my proposal is to produce WikiReaders to give for free to schools and public libraries. Each WikiReader will be a set of information around an en:ecoregion. NGF is oriented toward three goals : 1) bringing more awareness to geography, 2) teaching children and 3) stewardship of our mother Earth. I guess that WR on ecoregions fits potentially the three goals. The print content might be for teenagers, and might have to be simplified a bit, to avoid jargon. We might add many nice pictures from animals (such as birds) and quizz for the kids at the end of it. Anyway, I already wrote this proposal 1000 times in my head and a couple of times with ink. Just sharing a dream I nearly came to Wikipedia with, and have been distracted along the way far too often :-) Anthere