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Committee for the allocation of grants[edit]

Dear ones, I would like to know how to be part of the evaluation committee for the allocation of grants, thanks, --Felipe da Fonseca (talk) 20:38, 17 May 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That's a good question. I want to know, too--BruneiWMUA (talk) 17:26, 28 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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is this a typo/mistake (duplicate 'community') or am I not understanding a nuance in the text? Child and Youth Safety Policy must be in place for any activity that involves community underage community members. Thanks! Effeietsanders (talk) 16:45, 28 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Effeietsanders: Fixed, thanks for the catch. :) I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 17:40, 28 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Viewing previous successful grants[edit]

Before the Grants Relaunch Process, there used to be a page listing previous grant proposals which were funded (and also not funded IRRC). It was a good resource to see what to do and what not to do when doing a grant proposal, but as far as I can gather, with the change to an external system for grant applications, such a page no longer exists. Is this correct? InsaneHacker (talk) 16:37, 12 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I just realized the pre-relaunch pages are still available, so grant proposals from back then are viewable, but it would be beneficial to be able to view approved grant proposals from after the relaunch. InsaneHacker (talk) 16:41, 12 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes. It's important to assess quickly the average workload associated with an application. Is it one day one page or one week 8 pages document ? Citing few past fund resquests (not the longest) would define the best practice so to clarify expectations within minutes and wipe out uncertainty. :) Yug (talk) 20:26, 22 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Light hierarchic improvement[edit]

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@I JethroBT (WMF) and DSaroyan (WMF): Hello there. As I read the Grants:Programs/Wikimedia_Community_Fund#General_Support_Fund_2's section and rotating schedules I noticed some possible improvements for concision and clarity, so I went ahead with some modifications ('It's a wiki'). But since this page is rather a "WMF's staff" page, please review those changes. It's mainly on hierarchy : detailed schedules moved as subsections of #General_Support_Fund_2. I also add group regions per group A and group B (two groups) rather that having to follow each region. I hope it helps. Yug (talk) 12:16, 21 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Yug: Looks good to me, and thanks for your work. I think these changes are helpful. However, because these pages concern programs maintained by Foundation staff, I'd request that you let us know what changes you'd like to make before implementing them next time. You can bring this to our attention either on Grants talk:Start here or by e-mailing communityresources(_AT_) I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 22:22, 21 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@I JethroBT (WMF): Got it, I will report future improvements on the talk page an ping you & active staff members as recommended. Thank for the review, too ! Yug (talk) 20:24, 22 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Current Wikimedia Grants:Regions.
Found one. Add the map of the 8 regions into the same section. File:Wikimedia_Foundation_Funds_Regions.svg. Add the link Grants:Regions on table's title cell "Regions". This later page has an explicit legend. Accronyms such as CEE, SAAR, etc are too opaque for non-meta folks. Yug (talk) 20:44, 22 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Yug: Add the map of the regions into the same section Which section? Do you mean create a map image for each region page with that region highlighted? I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 03:13, 23 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@I JethroBT (WMF): Objective is to convey the definition of each regions to the reader / Grant applicant. Add the existing map in Grants:Programs/Wikimedia_Community_Fund#General_Support_Fund_2 should be enough. Yug (talk) 07:50, 23 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Yug: Done [1] I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 08:02, 23 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Fast! Thank you. Yug (talk) 14:24, 23 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Round 2 calendar adjustment for regions from Group A[edit]

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Dear All,

Based on feedback from the communities, the Community Resources Team proceeded to change the General Support Fund round 2 calendar to March-April for the CEE and Central Asia, the United States and Canada, Latin America and The Caribbean, and the Middle East and Africa regions. Thank you, Mercedes Caso (platícame) 19:07, 22 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@MCasoValdes (WMF): wouldn't that change (Group A, Round 2: February-March ⇒ March-April) mechanically affect Group B's round two (April-May) ? Yug (talk) 20:30, 22 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
HiYug, Thank you for your comment. The calendar change of round 2 for Group A does not automatically affect or generate changes to Group B. Mercedes Caso (platícame) 20:50, 22 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Dr. Subhani here.[edit]

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Dear sir, Happy New Year from Pakistan. This is Dr. Subhani here. We (Dr. Subhani and Amber Osman) were working on the proposal for Wikimedia Research fund and we are already done with writing the propsal. Due to no access of internet since couple of days in our town, we were not able to submit the proposal on time. Kindly extend the date for submission for us as we are from the less privileged town.

Hoping to hear from you soon.

Best, Dr. Subhani 15:31, 4 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

For archive happiness: this is now resolved as the applicants reached out to us and we found an appropriate solution.

Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/26/en[edit]

Regarding translation segment Translations:Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/26/ja, do you mean

  • Travel and participation fees for organizers? ->(主催者の)旅費滞在費と参加費

-- Omotecho (talk) 16:23, 8 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

OpenReview website broken?[edit]

I tried to save a review but I get "Error: An unexpected Error occurred". I'll try again in a few days... --Piotrus (talk) 11:00, 22 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Update. Tried on another assigned review, same problem. At least the text is saved, but not the checkboxes. Piotrus (talk) 11:02, 24 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Clarity for rounds 1 vs 2[edit]

Round 1 is currently October. Round 2 is March. Could we invert those, so Round 1 is March, round 2 is October. Being more logical it would avoid misunderstanding. While the Grant page have been recently revamped and still modernized, it's the ideal time to push for such improvement. See Grants:Programs/Wikimedia_Community_Fund#General_Support_Fund_2. Yug (talk) 14:22, 10 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Yug: Thanks for this feedback, and I can understand why this manner of numbering would be disorienting. The round numbers reflect the order of rounds according to the Wikimedia Foundation's fiscal year, which begins on 1 July and goes until 30 June the following year. Once a fiscal year is over, our team has a new budget for our funding programs for the next fiscal year. One possible solution here could be to name the rounds based on the month applications are due to avoid this issue of numbering altogether. I'll need to discuss this possibility with the Community Resources team, but what do you think about this approach? I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 15:52, 11 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Or by season 😉 Automn vs Spring.
Your idea to take out the counter intuitive numerals is a good lead yes. Yug (talk) 16:24, 11 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Yug: Thanks, I'll see what we can do about these changes. Season is probably not going to be workable since it will only be relevant to one hemisphere of the world or the other. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 22:15, 11 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

🤯 True Yug (talk) 07:16, 13 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Technology fund, 2022[edit]

The Technology fund will be launched in 2022. People interested to be pinged when this fund opens can list their usernames below :

Orabs1996 Orabs1996 (talk) 01:36, 4 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Usability testing[edit]

Does the Research Fund ever get requests to do usability testing, like to advise volunteer editors on how standard templates are seen and read by users? It would seem like a good match but I don't know if it's closer to work for hire than a grant for which academics would apply, though it would have incredibly practical use for our encyclopedias. czar 23:00, 15 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Czar: Thanks for your question. The Wikimedia Research Fund has only just launched its first round, so there haven't been any definite patterns in submissions as of yet that we can report on at this time. In terms of whether the proposal is a good match, it depends on whether the proposal meets both the basic eligibility criteria and the more specific selection criteria. You may consider reaching out to research_fund(_AT_) for more details, and potentially to get more direct feedback on your idea. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 03:12, 1 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

multiple support[edit]

Because multiple john was been reported to fixing the promoted action and take action but no body help Sumonkamrul32 (talk) 21:07, 16 March 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Sumonkamrul32: Hello, I'm sorry about the issue you are having. This space is dedicated to discussions around the Wikimedia Foundation's funding programs, and am not sure if we are able provide support for your issue. If you let me know more about your situation, I might be able to direct you to the right place. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 15:32, 3 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Core Metrics[edit]

The new Wikimedia Community Fund-application introduces Core Metrics which are similar, but different to, the old Global Metrics and Grant Metrics. Is there a central documentation (similar to the two earlier links) for these new metrics which we can link to when talking about them? /André Costa (WMSE) (talk) 20:02, 19 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@André Costa (WMSE): Thanks for your question. Documentation around this framework for Core metrics is available on the application guides provided for the Wikimedia Community Fund programs. I would recommend referring to the documentation in these guides for the General Support Fund or this guides for Rapid Funds as needed and review the Learning, sharing, and evaluation section for relevant documentation on these metrics and examples. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 15:23, 3 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

translation segment T:68: Stipends for Wikimania[edit]

@I JethroBT (WMF): Wikimania information is piece by piece available, please have a look and update if required: The translation segment <!--T:68--> is for stipend paid for Wikimania attendee. But, that box is shown in English on /ja page, so does it mean that piece of translation original is not tweeked yet? Maybe since in numerical order, that segment appears after T:69? -- Omotecho (talk) 15:36, 19 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Omotecho: <!--T:68--> itself appears in Japanese (ウィキマニア奨学金). The main text doesn’t belong to <!--T:68-->—and this was the problem, namely that it didn’t belong to any other translation unit either. I’ve marked it up now, so you should be able to translate it. Thanks for bringing the translation to 100%! —Tacsipacsi (talk) 00:12, 20 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Omotecho: For clarity, did this refer to a translation for a page on Meta or on one of the separate Wikimania wiki pages? I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 07:54, 20 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Done Yes, talking about which has been solved per diff=23539472&oldid=23352087 on Grants:Start, or the front page to this talk. @Tacsipacsi: thank you so match for the very fast pitch in (= Cheers, 0-- Omotecho (talk) 10:39, 20 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Update for 2022?[edit]

Nutshell: Research fund open ; Tech fund awaiting strategic priorities, will open after July 2023.

At Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Research & Technology Fund the research grant program closed 8 months ago in January 2022 and there is no notice here about when the next cycle begins.

Any updates on which of the previous round of applicants were selected, or when the next round of funding will open? Bluerasberry (talk) 13:54, 26 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The next cycle is now open: You can also view the funded proposals from the last cycle on that page. ELescak (WMF) (talk) 20:49, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@ELescak (WMF) Any update on when the Technology Fund would be open? SD0001 (talk) 16:30, 21 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We do not have an update on when the Technology Fund will open. With new leadership in the tech and product department we are waiting to ensure the fund will be aligned with priorities. The technology fund will not launch in the current fiscal year July 2022-June 2023. Thank you. KEchavarriqueen (WMF) (talk) 22:33, 21 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank KEchavarriqueen for this feedback ! We can plan better now. Yug (talk) 13:06, 7 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Link dead? #General Support Fund does not take me to list of rounds[edit]

@JethroBT_(WMF), hi, I see a link in the sentence just above the blue Apply button:

  • The Program Officer will also support in understanding what round of funding would be suitable to apply for.

The link, or #General Support Fund" is supposed to take me to #Rounds:

  • can you change the link to appropriate page/section please?
  • for translation sake, will you tvar the link body (left part) accordingly?

Omotecho (talk) 02:09, 2 April 2023 (UTC) pinging JethroBT_(WMF) 02:16, 2 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Timeline for "Wikimedia Technology Fund"[edit]

Hi there, I have come to the grants pages a few times this year but the technology fund pages continue to say "coming soon". Is there a timeline for these? ·addshore· talk to me! 16:43, 3 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Me too. Any updates? Sophivorus (talk) 13:54, 18 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Pinging @I JethroBT (WMF) & @KEchavarriqueen (WMF) who I have seen replying to other threads here. ·addshore· talk to me! 23:05, 18 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Sophivorus and Addshore: Thanks for checking in with us about the Technology Fund. We don't currently have a schedule or timeline for when this funding program is expected to begin, so I will remove the "coming soon" language until we have more certainty about when the program will begin. We had hoped launch this program much sooner, but due to a number of factors mostly internal to the Foundation, have not been able to do so. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 01:45, 19 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Many thanks for the update. ·addshore· talk to me! 15:57, 22 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Is it appropriate to tell someone that might be suitable for this program to apply for to the Rapid Fund in the interim? The example I have in mind relates to a QuickStatements Lexeme creation feature that's been languishing on Phabricator for four years (task T220985) and that'd be useful both in Wikimedia projects and outside of it - it was brought up on our affiliate's mailing list. GreenReaper (talk) 10:10, 11 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@I JethroBT (WMF) and KEchavarriqueen (WMF): I have heard that "The Technology Fund was permanently placed on hold. It means that we will not launch it in the near future. This means that we cannot fund long-term software development projects." replied by WMF. Does this mean that the Technology Fund is permanently closed and what is the alternative fund that developers could apply for? Thanks. SCP-2000 11:32, 19 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I have the same problem and I'm maintaining some longer-term projects. Due to various reasons, such as the number of development members, insufficient funds, etc., it is impossible for me to complete all development goals in the short term at once. I would like some periodic and sustainable funds.
However, I noticed that the only ones I could find suitable for me to apply for so far seemed to be the Rapid Fund. But in the introduction, it mentioned that:

Proposals that depend on multiple or continuous Rapid Funds for long-term maintenance or development goals are generally ineligible.

Does this mean that we don't have any friendly help for long-term development projects? In other words, we can only wait for the long period of full feature development to be completed, and cannot get any financial help for post-maintenance. Rowe Wilson Frederisk Holme (talk) 13:30, 19 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@SCP-2000 and Rowe Wilson Frederisk Holme: Thanks for your questions. While the Rapid Fund program offers some possible opportunities for funding small-scale software development as Rowe has pointed out, there is no such alternative for specifically funding large-scale or continuous software development at this time. More information on eligibility for this kind of work in the Rapid Fund program is available here: Grants:Project/Rapid#Eligibility_criteria. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 13:38, 19 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Grant Fund disturbing comments[edit]

Hello ABruszik-WMF, CAlmog (WMF), I JethroBT (WMF), DSaroyan (WMF), DGuedri (WMF), User:JChen (WMF), JStephenson (WMF), KEchavarriqueen (WMF), MCasoValdes (WMF), VThamaini (WMF), Jtud (WMF), MJue (WMF), RSharma (WMF), AGary (WMF),

Following my request for answers here, I am requesting to know the accounts of "series of banned users that I am associated with". There are allegations laid against me at this Grant talk that my account is "associated with a series of banned users" by YPam (WMF) and I am yet to get answers on the list of the "series of banned users that I am associated with". Further comments there makes me feel that my privacy during the application may be compromised because I was directed to where I did not apply. I want an assurance that my privacy is intact and to know the list of the "series of banned user associated with me". Sagbosam (talk) 20:08, 13 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2023 proposal cycle?[edit]

Last year, Research Grants were due December, 2022. Will there by another cycle this year with proposals due December 2023? Hexatekin (talk) 21:26, 4 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@KGordon (WMF) just drawing your attention to this question. JStephenson (WMF) (talk) 11:32, 18 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for tagging me here, @JStephenson (WMF).
@Hexatekin, there will be another cycle this year though dates for proposal submissions have not been finalized. We expect to confirm these dates by the end of the month and I'll make sure to follow up here when that is done. KGordon (WMF) (talk) 16:28, 19 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]