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 up to US$2,000. Projects can include experiments or standard needs that don't need broad review to get started.
Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis by WMF staff. 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 two weeks.
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 up to US$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 rapidgrantswikimedia.org