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Proposals should increase gender diversity on Wikimedia projects while supporting the achievement of Wikimedia's mission and strategic priorities, including increasing participation, quality, reach, and diversity of the Wikimedia projects.

Eligible Projects[edit]

  1. Scoped to 12 months or less.
  2. Aimed at improving one or more of Wikimedia's existing websites.
  3. Content-creation is not directly funded. Projects should foster conditions that encourage editing by volunteers, not replace volunteer action by funding someone to edit articles, upload photos, etc.
  4. Any code or other materials (e.g., training material, program checklists, pamphlets, etc.) must be published and released as free and open-source. Licensing should be compatible with current Wikimedia and MediaWiki practices.
  5. Projects that can be completed without assistance or review from WMF engineering are strongly preferred. Should your project require MediaWiki Extensions or software features requiring code review and integration, please highlight your needs in your proposal as early as possible so these can be discussed. On-wiki tech work (templates, user scripts, gadgets) and completely standalone applications without a hosting dependency are welcome.
  6. All grantees are required to disclose their legal names, addresses, and dates of birth to WMF, but are not required to do so publicly.
  7. Grantees need to be in compliance with all existing agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation, including grant, chapter, user group, thematic organization, or fundraising agreements. Wikimedia affiliates should be up-to-date with their reporting requirements to receive a grant.

Project Selection Criteria[edit]

We select proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Impact potential - Does it have potential to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects? Does it have potential for online impact? Can it be sustained, scaled, or adapted elsewhere after the grant ends?
  • Community engagement - Does it have a specific target community within the Wikimedia movement, and plan to engage it often? Does it have community support?
  • Ability to execute - Can the scope be accomplished in the proposed timeframe? Is the budget realistic/efficient? Do the participants have the necessary skills/experience?
  • Measures of success - Are there both quantitative and qualitative measures of success? Are they realistic? Can they be measured?
  • The total amount of funding available - approved per campaign.