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Use this page to ask questions about Conference Grants[edit]

Hey folks, thanks for your interest in Conference Grants. Feel free to use this talk page if you have questions or comments about the program or its pages. Thanks, I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 16:45, 19 July 2016 (UTC)Reply

Ufa, 4-6 November 2016[edit]

  • en: Proposed to organize the wiki section under the Youth Conference "BashKon" dedicated to modern information technology. It planned for 4-5-6 November 2016 in the city of Ufa, Bashkortostan. Can I apply for a grant on this date? --Рөстәм Нурыев (talk) 12:18, 16 August 2016 (UTC)Reply
  • ru: Предложили организовать Вики секцию в рамках молодежной конференции "БашКон", посвященной современным информационным технологиям. Планируется на 4-5-6 ноября 2016 года в городе Уфе, Башкортостан. Можно ли подать заявку на грант с такой датой? --Рөстәм Нурыев (talk) 12:18, 16 August 2016 (UTC)Reply


Hi, I did this but would appreciate if you could confirm it is okay - that the grant has not been rejected, just had to be moved. Thanks! Raystorm (talk) 11:44, 29 August 2016 (UTC)Reply


Hello, I have sent a message at conferencegrants(_AT_)wikimedia.org, as indicated in this page but I received a failure message ("the group you tried to contact (conferencegrants) may not exist, or you may not have permission to post messages to the group"). --Jaqen (talk) 15:13, 27 September 2016 (UTC)Reply

About community engagement survey[edit]

How long should it take a respondent to complete the community engagement survey? Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:42, 27 September 2017 (UTC)Reply

For future conferences[edit]

Based on my experience with itWikiCon, which I attended as a volunteer, without a scholarship, having served on WMIT's scholarship committee for the event: I think more clarity is needed when it comes to funds available for scholarships. This event had received grant money from WMF. Then, a chapter committee established who would get the scholarship (chapter money). Recipients were selected based on several criteria: among other things, it was possible for them to explain their level of involvement with the event (were they supposed to present something? moderate something? etc.). Per the link above, after the results were published, though, organizers asked WMF if they could use WMF money for further scholarships, and WMF agreed. Not only I wasn't aware that this could actually happen: actually, we hadn't even run out of chapter money, because we had received fewer requests for scholarships than we had planned for. So, albeit this wasn't planned, obviously, what happened is that the process established by the committee was basically bypassed, and so were its results.

Now, this is different, in my understanding, from what is happening for big events like Wikimania. It is known that there are multiple opportunities to get a scholarship to go there (this is even mentioned in the application process, IIRC). I think that if I got only a partial scholarship from WMF to go to Wikimania, I could just withdraw, apply for a WMIT chapter one, and get a full one if I am lucky. But in no way the chapter committee would assume (or even know, because I could belong to multiple chapters without them knowing, FWIW) that this would be my only shot at going: and certainly they wouldn't allow me to disregard application deadlines.

TL;DR If there are ways to go to an event that may bypass "community" decisions, this information needs to be public. Thank you. Elitre (talk) 16:41, 5 December 2017 (UTC)Reply

Merge to Grants_talk:Start[edit]

There are many grant discussion pages. None of them get much conversation alone. The collective effect is that the current system splits similar conversations which ought to be together. Sometime soon, I will merge all talk pages for grants into Grants_talk:Start. Even with many pages merged together I do not anticipate that this one page will get much traffic in the near future.

Sometime soon I will merge this page! If you have comments, please post at Grants_talk:Start#Proposal_to_merge_talk_pages_for_grants. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 11:39, 12 April 2018 (UTC)Reply

Small grants available for Wikimedia GLAM projects in the Global South[edit]

Hi all

Wikimedia Sverige has a small grants application open for people in the Global South who are interested in events and other projects with GLAMs. Please do pass this on to people you think would be interested or suitable for a grant. The projects need to be completed by February 29, 2020.


FindingGLAMs can fund events that improve the quality and quantity of data related to galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs) and other cultural institutions on Wikidata and other Wikimedia projects. This could include, for example, events to train librarians to add information to Wikidata, research events with historical societies to find lists of cultural institutions in your country, transcription projects for Wikisource etc. The focus of the project is making more material available on the Wikimedia platforms rather than creating new material (such as by purchasing scanning equipment and digitizing books).

Funds can not be used to cover the event participants’ time or lost income from other work. Applications to cover trainers’ or organisers' time or lost income from other work have to be filed with and transferred through a local Wikimedia affiliate.


John Cummings (talk) 12:44, 26 November 2019 (UTC)Reply

Wrong link?[edit]

The link "how the program works" at Grants:Conference/Apply points to rapid grants, not to conference grants, please check that. Ailura (talk) 16:54, 5 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

@CAlmog (WMF): could you please take a look? Cheers, VIGNERON * discut. 17:42, 5 November 2023 (UTC)Reply
Hello @Ailura and @VIGNERON, thanks for noticing this. I just fixed it. Now it links to Grants:Conference. DSaroyan (WMF) (talk) 09:47, 7 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

Draft proposals from long ago[edit]

@CAlmog (WMF): @DSaroyan (WMF): The "Draft proposals" section on Grants:Conference/Browse_applications lists many proposals that refer to events in the past and thus is very noisy. Would it be possible to clean them up? I don't know if setting status={{Fluxx status|rejected}} would be correct or if there's a better suited status. Thanks in advance, --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 11:00, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

@AKlapper (WMF), thanks for the suggestion! I made a few edits and moved the drafts to a separate collapsible section at the bottom. Do you think the page looks better now? DSaroyan (WMF) (talk) 11:17, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply
@DSaroyan (WMF): Yes! Way more readable. Thanks so much! --AKlapper (WMF) (talk) 11:43, 10 January 2024 (UTC)Reply

Proposal: all conference grants must include videography[edit]

If a conference budget is over a certain amount, perhaps US$50,000, then it must include at least 5% budget for recorded video to be posted to YouTube and Wikimedia Commons.

I am aware that recording all video of conferences is overly experience, but we are in an era of digital media which values video and Wikimedia practices are not keeping up with this. I regret that so often Wikimedia conferences consume large budgets, make decisions which affect the global movement, and make no attempt to share key talks or lectures.

I would like for grant making conversations to routinely consider including any amount of videography to better familiarize everyone who participates in public speaking about Wikimedia projects with the potential of digital mass media versus in-person, ephemeral presentations. Bluerasberry (talk) 14:34, 13 April 2024 (UTC)Reply