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Individual Engagement Grants
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«open project proposals are in review, decisions will be announced June 17»

«need help with your idea? start your proposal in IdeaLab!»

« Welcome, committee members! New committee candidates are welcome to apply through March 25. »
« Please share early feedback on new drafts and ideas during open call. » +

round 2 2015 schedule

Proposals accepted: 31 August–29 September

Committee members finalized: 30 September

Community comment requested: 30 September–19 October

Committee review: 20 October – 2 November

Grantees announced: 4 December


Grants disbursed: December 2015 – January 2016

Midpoint reports: April

Final reports: July

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round 1 2016 schedule

IdeaLab Campaign: 28 February-29 March

Proposals accepted: 14 March through 12 April

Open feedback period[1]: 12 April through 2 May

Committee review: 3 May –16 May

Grantees announced: 17 June

Grants disbursed: June

Midpoint reports: September

Final reports: December

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  1. AddisWang
  2. Fantasticfears
  3. Hahc21 ^
  4. Ilario
  5. Jane023
  6. Kirill Lokshin
  7. MarkAHershberger
  8. Nhasive
  9. Olaniyan_Olushola
  10. Poupou l'quourouce
  11. Rberchie
  12. Siankevans
  13. Superzerocool
  14. Thepwnco ^
  15. YuviPanda
  16. とある白い猫

*Partially or fully recused from current round review

^Committee coordinator/bureaucrat

To review and score proposals, the IEG Committee organizes into small groups to review sets of proposals with a common methodology, theme, or subject matter.

See working groups.

See inactive/past committee members

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membership criteria
join the committee

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.

membership criteria


  1. Experience with the Wikimedia movement and at least one Wikimedia project.
  2. 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.
  3. Ability to edit basic wiki-markup (grant proposal discussions are largely conducted on meta-wiki).
  4. Reasonable facility with English, for reviewing and discussing grant proposals.
  5. In good community- and legal- standing (not currently blocked or banned, involved in allegations of unethical financial behavior, etc).
  6. 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).


  1. Experience leading, coordinating, or managing projects with an intended on-wiki or online impact.
  2. Experience handling externally provided money and working within budgets, preferably in a non-profit context.
  3. Experience applying for grants or working in grants programs (in the Wikimedia, academic, or wider non-profit world).
  4. Ability to read and write in multiple languages.


  1. 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.
  2. Membership does not conflict with membership in other Wikimedia committees, including the Grant Advisory Committee or the Wikimania Scholarships Committee.

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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:

  1. What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?
  2. 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 an active contributor to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Common, I originated Planning the Wikimedia User group in Nigeria which has metamorphorsed into Wikimedia User Group Nigeria (WMUGN) and presently I am the Team Leader. I also initiated “adopt a school series” in Nigeria. The program is ongoing and has recruited over 30 editors to the movement. In the same light. Presently I am coordinating Naija Version of Wiki Love Africa theme: (African Fashion and Adornment) an event that invites participant to contributes their contents to Wikimedia Common, We plan to contributes over 750 contents ( Videos, Photograph and Adornment) within the period of October and November 2015 to Wikimedia Common. On 10th January, 2016, I and my teammates will be engaged in education outreach to train over 10000 students and academic staffs in 10 tertiary institutions in Nigeria on how to contribute to Wikipedia. I join Wikimedia in the year 2014, precisely July. I also represented Nigeria at Wiki indaba, Johannesburg 2014. Moreso, I am also working on improving localization of Yoruba Wikipedia . I am an accountant by professional this gives me the bias for data analysis and presentation. I am also a good administrator, with a good team spirit and leader , this could be seen in my role in all Wikimedia activities mentioned so far.More so i am experienced in Content Curation and Review. Olaniyan Olushola (talk) 08:43, 3 October 2015 (UTC).

Answer 1: As an accountant, I will assist the committee in project analysis. Also as an experience project coordination, if permitted I can share my idea on the likelihood of a proposed project success or otherwise using reliable metrics. Answer 2: I will like IEG to fund project that focus on localization of content in Wikimedia.

Candidate: Derek V Giroulle DerekvG (talk)

Statement: Check out my profile on Idealab and my candidates page on [[1]]. I'm an currently GAC member. AS an accountant and with extensive experience in non-profits I have some experience with volunteers, and volunteering. I think I can help the IEG with my experience.
Answer 1: What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?
I'm a wikipedian since 2005 (since 2007 under my current UserID), and i've been involved with the lengthy process of setting up the Belgian Wikimedia chapter WMBE. I'm a volunteer member of the WMBE board and word there as treasurer. Iḿ also involved in overseeing projects by other volunteers and volunteer recruitment, development (education and training).
Answer 2: What kinds of projects would you like to see Individual Engagement Grants fund?
I would like to see that IEG funds individual projects aimed at educating people as wikinauts (my name for users of wiki-projects). also for projects that help people record much of their cultural inheritance, traditions, stories that were told before, images, media that forms informal heritage, things that gets lost, knowledge that dies in memory, because that is the idea behind the encyclopedia , actually itś our mission to become humankinds universal memory not only reproduce whyat has already been published.

--DerekvG (talk) 17:00, 2 December 2015 (UTC)

Candidate: Xiao 'Erick' Guan Fantasticfears (talk)

Statement: I am a contributor to Chinese Wikipedia since 2008 even during the block by Chinese government. I'm one of the founding member of Wikimedia User Group China and majorly providing technical support, as well as assisting Addis Wang with public relation. As I get more involved in the Wikimedia movement, the idea and principles of the movement are becoming part of my personally philosophies. Though I had some challenges in real life previous years. I have opportunity studying in Sweden this year which push my life ahead. While I am feeling better, I want to continue my work to contribute to the community. Addis suggests me that supporting my CS skills to global community would be a good start. As for my technical work, once upon a time, I submitted several patches to MediaWiki. And I also contribute to open source softwares and several online communities.
Answer 1: What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?
I start editing Wikipedia since 2008 when I was studying in middle school. I am mostly familiar with Chinese Wikipedia community and MediaWiki. I also have experience of understanding, analysing and mitigating sensitive and political issues with government. Since my childhood, I've developed my interest in computer and programming, which encourage me studying in CSE. I've contributed to open source softwares, such as Discourse, an open source community software, since 2014. I also understand the technical problems ahead of Wikimedia where I can provide feedbacks and suggestions to many technical proposals.
Answer 2: What kinds of projects would you like to see Individual Engagement Grants fund?
I would like to see more technical projects improving MediaWiki and outreach projects which spreads the interesting moments when discover Wikipedia to promote new editors on board. I’m also interested in projects from minority languages’ community and developing world.

Candidate: Raphael BerchieRberchie (talk)


I am an active contributor on English Wikipedia and three other Wikimedia projects. I am also active in my User Group and a Co Community Manager of my User Group.I have been a grantee for more than three Project and engagement grants.I also volunteer for the Wikipedia Library and Educational Newsletter as partnership coordinator and and distribution leader.I have also worked on a lot of regional or continental projects by Wikipedia and other Open movements.

Answer 1: I have been an active member on English Wikipedia for over three years. I am very active in the community and have been a grantee for three successful PEGs and projects of which one was an Inspire Grant. I have also hosted Wikipedia activities on behalf of my community. I took part of the Reimagining Grants process as well as the Wikimania in the future survey and host of WMF based surveys and elections which have all given more inquisition into the community and how things work and I believe I can bring these experiences to bear on the workings of this committee.

Answer 2: I would like to see the IEG fund projects that are sustainable and can be easily replicated and above all promotes Wikipedia's core principle of making the sum of all human knowledge increase and free to all and more especially increase content from regions with scanty contents so as to promote diversity and a balance in the contents on Wikipedia and its sister projects.

Candidate: -- とある白い猫 chi? 16:57, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

Statement: I have been a Wikimedian for over a decade now. I have been involved in many different aspects of content creation and overall upkeep of various projects, mainly Wikimedia Commons (where I am an admin) and Wikipedia in multiple languages.
Answer 1: What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?

Aside from being an experienced Wikimedian with an understanding of the difficulties and challenges various projects face, I have a technical background in Computer Science in Artificial Intelligence. I recently worked on Research:Revision scoring as a service which was supported by an IEG and still am volunteering for this. I would bring these expertises to the the community.

Answer 2: What kinds of projects would you like to see Individual Engagement Grants fund?

I would not exclude any idea out of the blue but I would like to see focus on more technical projects that add features to the project either directly or indirectly. Such features would help reduce backlogs or increase efficiency and/or effectiveness of existing tools. The idea here is to introduce automation to more effectively process problems with known solutions so that humans can spend the time spared by this on other issues, including content creation. Such tools can also be used to identify problems for human review by triaging problems.

Candidate: Siankevans


Candidate: Siankevans (talk) 12:56, 14 April 2016 (UTC)

Statement: I am one of the co-founders of Art+Feminism. I'm also a librarian who has been actively involved in promoting GLAM Wikipedia projects in Art Libraries Society of North America.
Answer 1: What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?
As one of the founders of Art+Feminism, I have extensive experience organizing gender gap projects, international edit-a-thons, and doing outreach both within and outside the Wikipedia community.
Answer 2: What kinds of projects would you like to see Individual Engagement Grants fund?
I would really like to see the Individual Engagements Grants fund more projects that focus on inclusivity within the Wikipedia community. Wikipedia's gaps aren't just gender-specific, so a focus on inclusivity and data around the discrepancies would be beneficial to the community. I would also like to see funding of more non-STEM projects. As the success of Art+Feminism has shown, there's a large gap of content in the arts and also public interest in ameliorating that.

Candidate: Jeph_paul


Candidate: Jeph_paul (talk)

Statement: I'm been working on Wikipeida & wikipedia related projects since 2007. Grants:IEG/Replay_Edits was my first IEG in 2013. I'm currently working on my second IEG - Grants:IEG/Editor_Behaviour_Analysis. You can find more about my projects https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jeph_paul and github.com/cosmiclattes
Answer 1: What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?
I've worked on two IEG's (working on the second one currently). I'm a web developer by day and will also bring my technical experience to the committee.
Answer 2: What kinds of projects would you like to see Individual Engagement Grants fund?
I would like to see the Individual Engagements Grants support projects that are scalable and replicable, especially the ones trying to make the lives of editors easier. I would also like to see more volunteer driven research project looking into the various dynamics of the project.

Candidate: Jamie Tubers


Candidate: Jamie Tubers (talk) 14:18, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

Statement: I have been a Wikipedian since 2011. I am a founder-member of Wikimedia User Group Nigeria (WUGN), and since its inception, I have served as the Outreach Coordinator for the group. Owing to my adequate knowledge of Wikipedia policies, I have helped to organize several editing workshops and edit-a-thons in Nigeria. I have participated in and/or coordinated several Wikimedia projects, events and workshops at local level, some of which include: Wiki Loves Africa, Wikipedia @15, Wiki Loves Nigeria, Wiki Loves Women, Wiki Loves Monuments, amongst others.
Answer 1: What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?
I have been very active with both on-wiki and off-wiki community projects. As the Outreach coordinator for the WUGN, I believe I have more than enough experience to make informed reviews and initiate necessary discussions on grant proposals. I also believe I have adequate capability to work as a team with the other committee members and bring out the best from this team.
Answer 2: What kinds of projects would you like to see Individual Engagement Grants fund?
I would like to see the Individual Engagements Grants support projects that promote the central values of the Wikimedia movements, which is all about making knowledge easily and freely accessible to the world. I would also like to see more projects dedicated to improving the awareness of Wikipedia and its sister projects in low-readership regions.

Candidate: Moheen


Candidate: ~MOHEEN (keep talking) 09:12, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

Statement: As an active Wikimedian, I am affiliated with the Wikimedia movement since 2010. I am involved in doing Wikimedia offline—working actively for the Wikimedia Bangladesh; where currently serve as a board member (since 2016). I also, serve as a Community Director of the Chattogram Wikipedia Community, which was started in early 2014 as a first divisional user community from Bangladesh. If in case anyone cares, I have administrator rights on Wikimedia Commons, Bengali Wikipedia, Bengali Wikivoyage, and also active on several other projects, like Wikipedia, Wikidata, and sometimes in SWMT (as SWMT member). As a former online ambassador on Wikipedia, currently, I am working for the Wikimedia's Global renamers and OTRS team. I speak and write only in Bangla and English, but I have a little bit of interest in German.
Answer 1: What experience from Wikimedia and/or other related projects can you bring to help this committee?
I have experience running/organizing workshops for Wikimedia projects. I involved with several projects related to the Wikimedia movement, like Wikipedia to the Moon, Wiki Loves Butterfly, Picture of the Year (2016, 2017), WLM Bangladesh (2016, 2017, 2018), WLE Bangladesh (2016, 2017), Wikidata Project Bangladesh etc. I also organized several Edit-a-thon (online, offline both), Wikipedia workshops, photowalks, meetups, wikipedia celebration (including BNWIKI's 10 years celebration), wiki gatherings etc. As a non-English speaker and an active board member in WMBD, I helped to evaluate the local projects and trying to improve the goals of every idea and reviewing the budget of the communities.
Answer 2: What kinds of projects would you like to see Individual Engagement Grants fund?
I did like to prefer the online-offline initiatives, outreach programs, and community requests.

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