Grant approved ($68,000 for 12 months)
We are approving a grant of $68,000 for 12 months. AfroCROWD is an important actor in the Wikimedia Movement, supporting communities that are currently underserved. AfroCROWD enables communities to participate in Wikimedia, and makes the Wikimedia body of knowledge richer and more diverse through their contributions. With their international scope, they are building networks that extend across geography and language. They are developing work on oral history that may be important to the future of the movement, as we explore new ways that knowledge can be expressed and shared. They have presented a detailed and logical plan, and their budget links costs to impact.
In last year’s recommendation, the committee highlighted several of AfroCROWD’s strengths, which they plan to continue to build on during the next funding period. These include their approach to partnerships, their work on oral history, and their strong community-building focus. We appreciate that AfroCROWD plans to continue this work. The major change they are proposing is to expand their capacity building work in several regions. These include New England, the Caribbean, and South America. We are excited to see AfroCROWD grow in these regions.
We are grateful that AfroCROWD plans to continue program work on oral histories in a way that involves many partners and stakeholders. For example, with Wikitounges and other partners, they launched a Recordathon to begin collecting oral histories and narratives for Wikimedia Commons. They have done important preparatory work and learned about best practices in collecting oral knowledge from their interactions with archivists, Whose Knowledge?, and other experts. We urge AfroCROWD to document future results carefully, since this is such an important and emerging area of work in the movement.
Attendance at movement events is important for AfroCROWD’s goals for partnerships, visibility, and volunteer engagement. Their geographic scope is wide (and expanding) and so it is important to find ways for their communities to connect with one another and the larger movement. AfroCROWD is now monetizing in-kind donations and including them in their budget, which is an important way to help us understand how they are bringing more resources into the movement.
Extension Request: Spending update for the Midpoint Report
Hi, @Delphine (WMF): and the rest of the Grants Team! Wikimedia NYC serves as the fiscal sponsor for AfroCROWD, and it is in that capacity that I am writing to request a one week extension on the spending update for the midterm report. We've only just received the necessary files from our former treasurer and require more time in order to submit an accurate report. Thank you for your consideration. Megs (talk) 14:29, 14 January 2020 (UTC)