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The rapid grants program is experiencing a large volume of applications. This has affected our ability to respond to proposals in the same month as they have been submitted. Thank you for your patience as we work through the backlog of requests.


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Rapid Grants


The Rapid Grants program funds Wikimedia community members – individuals, groups, or organizations contributing to Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia or Commons – to organize projects throughout the year with a budget of USD 500 up to US$2,000. Projects can include experiments or standard needs that don't need broad review to get started.


Applications are accepted between the 1st and 15th of each month and decisions are made by the end of that month. Rapid grants are meant to be simpler grants that can be reviewed in a short amount of time with limited back-and-forth with the grant applicant. There will be opportunities for revising your proposal, but we hope to make decisions quickly within the same month of your proposal.


Examples of common requests:

  • Food for your monthly community meet-up
  • Expenses for a series of small edit-a-thons
  • Reimbursement of bus tickets for a photo walk
  • Prizes for an online writing contest

Proposals should support the achievement of Wikimedia’s mission. All requests between USD $500 and up to USD $2,000 will be considered.

Many Wikimedia affiliates offer grants to their local communities. Check out some of their programs here.

We recently surveyed the first year of Rapid Grant applicants. You can see the report and next steps for program improvements here.

Questions? Please email us at rapidgrants@wikimedia.org