We enjoy a large committee and do not run elections. Those who are determined to meet the criteria are invited to become members during an open call period each year. Membership is for a 1-year term, which may be renewable.
To be considered for membership:
1. Review the membership criteria and make sure you meet them.
2. Review the committee's tasks and make sure you're willing and able to fulfill them (we'll show you how!).
3. Add your name to the list of candidates. Please include a brief statement about your background and Wikimedia involvement, demonstrating how you meet the criteria.
1. Provide feedback on grant proposals: Check on new ideas, drafts and proposals, engaging in talk page discussions to help improve them and asking questions to ensure that sufficient information is provided and that goals and estimates are realistic.
2. Review finalized proposals: Read and research submissions, join a working group to score proposals according to rubric determined by selection criteria and give feedback to applicants.
3. Recommend proposals for funding: Recommend a shortlist of proposals for funding to WMF staff based on the available budget.
Experience with some aspect of Wikimedia programmatic or project-based work, e.g. editor engagement, WikiProjects or other on-wiki organizing processes, outreach, events, partnerships, research, education, gadget or bot-building, etc.
Ability to edit basic wiki-markup (grant proposal discussions are largely conducted on meta-wiki).
Reasonable facility with English, for reviewing and discussing grant proposals.
In good community- and legal- standing (not currently blocked or banned, involved in allegations of unethical financial behavior, etc).
Availability to actively engage in the selection process during the published schedule for that round (time commitment is about 3 hours per week, plus 1 extra day for scoring).
Experience leading, coordinating, or managing projects with an intended on-wiki or online impact.
Experience handling externally provided money and working within budgets, preferably in a non-profit context.
Experience applying for grants or working in grants programs (in the Wikimedia, academic, or wider non-profit world).
Ability to read and write in multiple languages.
Members may apply for an Individual Engagement Grant themselves, but they will recuse themselves from reviewing proposals in the same category as their own during that round.
Membership does not conflict with membership in other Wikimedia committees, including the Grant Advisory Committee or the Wikimania Scholarships Committee.
Would you like to join the committee? Add yourself to the list of candidates below!
Candidates, we'd like to get to know you! Please include a brief statement about yourself (like these), and answer the following 2 questions:
What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?
What kinds of projects would you like to see Individual Engagement Grants fund?
New members who are determined to meet the criteria will be added and notified according to the published schedule for each round.
I'm a former WMF employee and contractor and I'm very interested in MediaWiki and its role as a central part of Wikipedia's infrastructure as well as an open source software used outside of the Foundation. I've worked on the MediaWiki release team and am working on new projects like the HitCounters extension. I think I can provide expertise in reviewing technical MediaWiki grant requests and I'd like to help IEG fund grant requests (and review grantees) in this area.