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Alliances Fund Program Funding approved in the amount of 100,000 USD


Congratulations! Your grant is approved in the amount of 100,000 USD with a grant term starting 1 June 2022 and ending 31 May 2023. For clarity, the start date was adjusted in order to support the requirements of our grant agreement process. If more time is needed to complete the proposed work, we are happy to extend the proposed end date during your grant period.

The United States and Canada Regional Committee appreciates your responses and proposal revisions addressing their requests and suggestions. After reviewing the final proposal, the committee offers the following comments and requests:

The committee supports the continuation of grant processes used for the previous WikiCred program.

  • Overall, the objectives of the proposal have only become more important in the past weeks with respect to international affairs and conflicts involving misinformation.
  • There is greater clarity about the procedures and overall objectives for your work. Furthermore, it is now understood that there will be greater focus to use funding to develop technology relative to supporting event organizing. One suggestion would be to consider a more intentional split of funding between organizing grants and technology grants within the total $75K budget. These splits do not need to be exact amounts, and could be approximate proportions of the budget (e.g. about ⅔ toward technology, ⅓ towards event organizing).
  • There are some further considerations around who may be eligible for funding in this program. For example, the committee does not recommend funding to Wikimedia affiliates already receiving grants from the Foundation, as this may circumvent or complicate the Foundation’s own funding processes. For similar reasons, the committee also requests that applicants should not be eligible for funding through the WikiCredibility Initiative if they are not eligible for funding from the Wikimedia Foundation according to its eligibility criteria.
  • Future applications to the Alliances Fund should provide about this level of detail about your programs and overall strategy during the initial application.

Finally, to support greater transparency, the committee requests more information around the general process and procedures used for subgranting and providing information about who is on the grantmaking committee. This information can be provided during your midpoint and final reports for this grant.

We appreciate your engagement with us and look forward to learning more about the outcomes and new opportunities that Hack/Hackers will support in this second phase of the WikiCredibiltiy Initiative. On behalf of the committee, I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 16:09, 1 November 2023 (UTC)Reply

Note: This decision from the North America Regional Committee was posted on a previous page of the proposal in Feb 2022 from that is no longer available, and is being reposted here. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 16:10, 1 November 2023 (UTC)Reply