Grants talk:Project/Free Knowledge Africa
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Eligibility confirmed, Round 1 2021 - Community Organizing proposal
We've confirmed your proposal is eligible for review in Round 1 2021 for Community Organizing projects. This decision is contingent upon compliance with our COVID-19 guidelines. Proposals that include travel and/or offline events must ensure that all of the following are true:
- You must review and can comply with the guidelines linked above.
- If necessary because of COVID-19 safety risks, you must be able to complete the core components of your proposed work plan _without_ offline events or travel.
- You must be able to postpone any planned offline events or travel until the Wikimedia Foundation’s guidelines allow for them, without significant harm to the goals of your project.
- You must include a COVID-19 planning section in your activities plan. In this section, you should provide a brief summary of how your project plan will meet COVID-19 guidelines, and how it would impact your project if travel and offline events prove unfeasible throughout the entire life of your project. If you have not already included this in your proposal, you have until February 28 to add it.
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Aggregated feedback from the committee for Free Knowledge Africa
|(A) Impact potential
|(B) Community engagement
|(C) Ability to execute
|(D) Measures of success
|Additional comments from the Committee:
This proposal has been recommended for due diligence review.
The Project Grants Committee has conducted a preliminary assessment of your proposal and recommended it for due diligence review. This means that a majority of the committee reviewers favorably assessed this proposal and have requested further investigation by Wikimedia Foundation staff.
- Aggregated committee comments from the committee are posted above. Note that these comments may vary, or even contradict each other, since they reflect the conclusions of multiple individual committee members who independently reviewed this proposal. We recommend that you review all the feedback and post any responses, clarifications or questions on this talk page.
- Following due diligence review, a final funding decision will be announced on Friday, April 22, 2021.
Marti (WMF) (talk) 05:17, 24 March 2021 (UTC)
Response to Feedback from the Committee
- The potential Organizations for Partnerships includes;
- Private Travel Agencies
- Government Tourism Departments
- Ministry of Transport
- This project would be evaluated based on the;
- Number of articles created
- Number of new participants onboarded
- Pictures added to articles
Tools for measuring and evaluating include Dashboard, Hashtags etc
- Participants will be retained via a Mailing list and a telegram group, while subsequent and other projects (campaigns and contests) in future will be shared with them.
- The proposed Website for the project would be cancelled fully hosted on Wiki.
- Promotions are needed to get people with a wide travel experience due to the peculiar nature of the project, while the project is also interested in getting new editors.
- Other local Wikimedia communities in the country would be targeted and brought on board as well.
- All events for this project are online.
- The organizers have successfully been able to host project in the past, the high figures are motivation in nature and would help drive the project.
- A paid online meeting platform is needed, as we have intentions to record the training sessions for subsequent reuse.
- The project would be sustained as a community would be built upon the project, and in subsequent years the scope would be widened activities and geographically wise.
- The schedule for implementation of the project is highlighted in the table below;
|1||Preliminary phase (Landing page, awareness, announcement)||July 2021|
||August - September 2021|
|3||Contest commences||October - November 2021|
|4||Jury process||January 2022|
|5||Announcements of Winners||February 2022|
Round 1 2021 decision
Congratulations! Your proposal has been selected for a Project Grant.
The committee has recommended this proposal and WMF has approved funding for the full amount of your request, $5,500
Comments regarding this decision:
The committee is pleased to fund an innovative approach to organizing volunteers to contribute travel content about Nigeria on English Wikivoyage and Wikipedia. They especially appreciated seeing community organizing targeting Wikivoyage, an underutilized project.
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Marti (WMF) (talk) 00:29, 23 April 2021 (UTC)
Request for clarification about a line in your project plan referencing Peru
Under Goal 3 of your project plan, you have included this line:
"* GLAM counselling to at least one cultural institution that has an archive on Peruvian art, with a special focus on art made by women."
Can you confirm that this is written as you intended? Because your project is focused on raising awareness about Nigerian culture, I want to make sure that it wasn't an oversight that you referenced Peruvian art. If it is a mistake, can you update your plan to the correct information?
The main thing I'm wanting to confirm is actually whether or not you will be focusing on art made by women, because we track proposals that address the gender gap in any way. Can you confirm?
Thank you for your help!
Hello Marti (WMF),
It was an oversight and not part of the project plan. I will not be focusing on art made by women, I would also update the project plan to the correct information.