Grants talk:Project/Rapid/User Group Belarus/Wiki Loves Earth Belarus 2020

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Comments from WMF[edit]

Hello W, thanks for this Rapid Grant submission. I am glad to see that the Belarusian community is also joining the Wiki Loves Earth contest! I have reviewed your proposal and have the following questions and comments:

  • If this request is approved, please be aware that there may be a chance that the Belarusian government would see this grant as taxable income, even if there is no time compensation and the project is volunteer-run. Am I correct that the "Miscellaneous" budget item refers to this possible income tax?
  • Are you a member of the Wikimedia Community User Group Belarus or organizing this project on its behalf?
  • Could you please confirm that no offline (in-person) meetings and events will be organized in terms of this grant?
  • You mentioned that you would also organize a writing contest. Could you please provide more details on when and how you are going to organize it?
  • Please consider having at least three members in the jury. Here you can find more information on how to find jury members and organize the selection process.

I’m looking forward to your response! Best regards, DSaroyan (WMF) (talk)

Hello, DSaroyan (WMF)! How are you? Thank you for your review. Yes, "Miscellaneous" budget item refers to the income tax, which is 13% in Belarus. I am a member of the Wikimedia Community User Group Belarus with a voluntary role of "Translator (Interpreter) into English and Belarusian" there. I organize this project on my own, as the Meetup was not possible in a timely manner. I can confirm that no offline meetings & events will be organized in terms of this grant. I created a landing page for the Wiki Loves Earth contest in Belarusian Classical Wikipedia, that mentions a simultaneous writing contest (be-tarask:Вікіпэдыя:Праект:Вікі любіць Зямлю). Thank you for advice on the number of jury members. I invited more volunteers to be the jury through the local wiki-forum (be-tarask:Вікіпэдыя:Форум) & Belarusian wiki-groups in social networks ( Telegram + Facebook). Best wishes,--W (talk) 06:48, 6 May 2020 (UTC)


Hello W, thanks for responding to my questions. We have approved your grant request! Best regards, DSaroyan (WMF) (talk) 07:31, 12 May 2020 (UTC)