The Community Support Funds is a program designed by Wikimedia User Group Nigeria to support Nigerian mission-aligned organisations, individual members of the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria, fan clubs, organised group contributing to any Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikidata or Wikimedia Commons – to organise projects throughout the year with a budget of NGN 50,000 up to NGN 425,000. Application opens on the 1st of May 2022!
Application may be submitted from 1st - 15th of every month. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Only requests between 50,000 NGN to 425,000 NGN will be considered.
- You must be a Nigerian and a member of the Wikimedia Nigeria community.
- Applications must be submitted between the 1st and 15th of every month.
- Individuals, groups, and organizations are limited to 1 open grant at any given time. This also applies to Wiki University Fan Clubs, Networks, planned User Groups, etc.
- Grant requests and reports must be submitted in the English language.
- Grants can be up to 3 months in length, and there is no minimum length.
- Applicants must not have an open grant before submission of a new application.
- Grant reports must include an outreach dashboard, completed financials using the approved template, quality photos from the event, and a completed Wikimedia UG Community Support Survey.
The following are basic criteria that must be met by all Wikimedia Community Fund applicants for a proposal to be reviewed:
- Proposals should support the achievement of Wikimedia’s mission.
- Projects should aim at improving one or more of Wikimedia's existing websites. Projects aimed at improving third-party applications are not eligible for funding.
- Applicant must follow the Universal Code of Conduct and Friendly space policies
- Youth Safety Policy must be in place for any activity that involves underage community members
- Applicants must be in compliance with all requirements and in good standing for any current activities funded through the Wikimedia Foundation
- Works and contributions must be able to be published under ethical, open-access agreements
- Applications must be for future planned work.
- Applicants should be in good standing regarding ethical behavior within the community (e.g. social behavior, financial behavior, legal behavior, etc.), as determined through the due diligence process of the grant program.
- Within the last year, applicants that have not been blocked, banned, or otherwise flagged by Wikimedia Foundation staff or another affiliate for violations of the Universal Code of Conduct and Friendly Space Policies or other violations or conduct issues. If such issues have occurred in the past, the applicant must demonstrate learning and understanding regarding the cause for the issue, such that they are ready to serve as a role model for others as a grantee.
- Within the last year, applicants have not been repeatedly blocked or flagged for the same issue and/or have not been banned on the Wikimedia Projects. If a block/ban is recorded in the applicant's account history, the applicant must demonstrate learning and understanding regarding the cause for the block, such that they are ready to serve as a role model for others as a grantee.
- Applicants receiving funding must not be WMF, Wikimedia User Group Nigeria staff members or contractors working more than part-time (more than 20 hours per week).
Application will be submitted here on Meta Wiki after May 15, 2022. After submission, the application will be processed with the following steps:
- Review and feedback of proposals (15 days)
- Applicant receives and engages with feedback of proposal from the community and community support fund committee (10 days)
- Applicant makes adjustments to their proposal where needed (10 days)
- Approvals and disbursement (15 days)
- Upon approval, funds would be disbursed within 3 working days
Examples of what we fund
- Individuals coordinating local events related to a global campaign in their community.
- Cultural and heritage projects that support contribution of content, curation of the content and promote accessibility of that content.
- Common expenses to support prizes, outreach, and other common costs needed to support edit-a-thons, training, contests, photowalks, and promotional campaigns.
- Data costs to support access to online events.
- Travel for organizers and participation.
- User:Gwanki - North West
- User:Marvelousola01 - South West
- User:Iwuala Lucy - South East
- User:Ridzaina - North Central
- User:Umasoyee - South South
- User:El-hussain14 - North East
How to Apply
- Read about how the program works and make sure you and your request meet the criteria for support.
- Grant applications are accepted in English language only.