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Hi Auchmill. Thanks so much for submitting your idea! We're excited you'd like to capitalize on the momentum built from Art+Feminism and your GLAM Wiki project. It would be great if you expanded this idea into a grant proposal by March 31st. You'll be asked to provide more budget and activity details. We'd also like to see some type of metric around retention of editors. You can look at this similar grant request for an example and check out our program resources for editing events. Cheers, Alex Wang (WMF) (talk) 18:28, 26 March 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Eligibility confirmed, Inspire Campaign[edit]

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This Inspire Grant proposal is under review!

We've confirmed your proposal is eligible for the Inspire Campaign review. Please feel free to ask questions and make changes to this proposal as discussions continue during this community comments period.

The committee's formal review begins on 6 April 2015, and grants will be announced at the end of April. See the schedule for more details.

Questions? Contact us at grants(at)

Project questions[edit]

Hi Peata_likes_art and Auchmill. Thanks again for submitting your proposal! We're excited to support more female editors in New Zealand and have a few remaining questions/comments:

  1. Have you notified the editing community in your area about the project? It would be great to understand better who/how many Wikipedians are committing to help with the events -- training, follow-up, etc. From your experience with past events, do you think it is necessary to compensate experienced editors to attend the events? In our experience, editathons and trainings can be run solely by volunteers.
  2. Do you have plans to support participants between events if they have questions or challenges with editing? Other communities have created online mentorship programs, newsletters, mailing lists, and/or Facebook pages where people can interact and support each other between in-person events.
  3. Thanks for adding metrics for the number of targeted participants and content created/improved. We also like to see a metric for active editors retained X months after the events. This can be tracked and measured using Wikimetrics. We'd also like to see a target for the number of folks that come to multiple events, as repeat attendance leads to more active editors in the long-term.
  4. Has the team identified partner organizations you'd like to reach out to? If yes, have you had any initial conversations about their interest and willingness to participate?

Please let me know if you have questions about the above. Looking forward to hearing from you. Cheers, Alex Wang (WMF) (talk) 20:07, 20 April 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Aggregated feedback from the committee for Wellington Wikipedia Meet Up - With Childcare![edit]

Scoring rubric Score
(A) Impact potential
  • Does it have the potential to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects, either in terms of content, contributors, or both?
  • Does it have the potential for online impact?
  • Can it be sustained, scaled, or adapted elsewhere after the grant ends?
(B) Community engagement
  • Does it have a specific target community and plan to engage it often?
  • Does it have community support?
(C) Ability to execute
  • Can the scope be accomplished in the proposed timeframe?
  • Is the budget realistic/efficient ?
  • Do the participants have the necessary skills/experience?
(D) Measures of success
  • Are there both quantitative and qualitative measures of success?
  • Are they realistic?
  • Can they be measured?
Additional comments from the Committee:
  • Great idea! One concern is around sustainability (covering childcare & other costs after the grant ends) and it would be great to see them develop a strategy for finding a community sponsor to take over after initial funding from WMF.
  • Would love if a regular meetup like this was planned in my city.
  • Providing childcare addresses one important barrier for women to edit Wikipedia. The target audience is an underrepresented group and geography and this model could be adapted by many other groups.
  • It’s great that this proposal suggests a sustained effort and builds on a recent edit-a-thon.
  • Although there's a limited area of influence, the cost/effectiveness is reasonable.
  • This proposal has strong potential to bring more gender diversity in terms of both content and contributors, as well as to increase the general representation of New Zealand-related topics overall. As a series of edit-a-thons, it has high potential for online impact. Offering childcare is also a proven way of increasing women's participation in offline events.
  • Nice to see existing community endorsements. It would be great see Wikimedia community notifications as well.
  • The potential for ongoing community engagement seems high, given the fact that the organizers have already done community outreach events.
  • Reasonable quantitative and qualitative measures of success.
  • Would like a bit more information about how they will assess qualitative success (interviews, focus groups, surveys, etc.).
  • Encourage them to think in more detail about follow-up measures for continued engagement, for example publishing a newsletter for participants to remind them to keep editing or inviting them to help out in future events.
  • The metrics for success seem self-evident and relatively easy to track. Using feedback from participants iteratively also seems like a good idea.

Inspire funding decision[edit]

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Congratulations! Your proposal has been selected for a Project and Event Grant through the Inspire Campaign.

The committee has recommended this proposal and WMF has approved funding for the full amount of your request, 3,150 NZD

Comments regarding this decision:
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  1. You will be contacted to sign a grant agreement.
  2. Review the grant implementation information.
  3. Start work on your project!
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Congratulations. Just an idea: OpenStreetMap is really suitable for children (and it is the compatible map with all the Wikimedia projects). My two boys started drawing houses on OSM at 4 and 5 years old. They really enjoy it and it is great to learn to use a mouse, creating shapes (it should be interesting to test it on a digital board - the ones they sometimes have in schools/classrooms), learning what is a map, understanding an aerial view or moving around your territory looking for civi numbers of the houses. I just wanted to mention it because if contributing to open projects becomes a family activity (in which you make photos and browse a territory and you discover that you are actually "writing the internet") you are adding a new meaning to it and a new social dynamic. --iopensa (talk) 07:39, 4 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Grant withdrawn[edit]

This grant has been withdrawn. Unfortunately, after multiple attempts to contact the grant submitter we have been unsuccessful. We would be excited to fund this project in the future. Alex Wang (WMF) (talk) 18:58, 10 September 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Strange. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:29, 16 September 2015 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for the update. For sure it was an uncommon proposal. Nemo 14:07, 3 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]