Hi all,

Two reminders

  • Still looking for new committee members:  This would be a good time to nudge anyone you've asked to sign up as a candidate for the IEG committee.  I'd love to get a few more names added to this list of prospective candidates by the weekend.  Is there someone you know who you think would be a good fit for the committee?  Please send them a note now (see Helen's email below for possible languaging)--or if you don't have time to send a note but are willing to have me reach out, you can also just pass along names and contact information to me directly and I'll send a note.

  • Still need confirmation from some of you about your continued committee participation:  If you haven't already done so, please reply now and let me know if you will continue to serve on the IEG committee this round.

Thanks a bunch!


Marti Johnson
Program Officer
Individual Grants
Skype: Mjohnson_WMF

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On Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 6:21 AM, Thepwnco <thepwnco.wiki@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi all,

Sharing some sample messaging for getting the word out about the IEG committee and our call for new members. Feel free to copy and forward to other communities and lists you are a part of. 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Thepwnco <thepwnco.wiki@gmail.com>
Date: 12 March 2016 at 09:07
Subject: Individual Engagement Grants Committee seeking new members
To: libraries@lists.wikimedia.org, glam@lists.wikimedia.org, gendergap@lists.wikimedia.org, glam-us@lists.wikimedia.org

Hi all,

The Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) Committee is seeking new members for its final round (before IEG transitions into the Project Grants program). 

We are aiming to finalize committee membership by April 1st, and ask interested candidates to submit their names by March 25th here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Committee#ieg-candidates. More details below! 

About the committee

We are a consensus-based volunteer committee with members who come from over 15 different wikis and collectively speak over 10 languages. We review grant applications in four categories: Research, Tools, Online Community Organizing, and Offline Outreach and Partnerships. 

This round will also follow directly on the heels of the second Inspire Campaign, currently underway and focused on 'Content Curation and Review' so we expect that to be a prominent theme in the proposals this round. 

For more info about IEG, the committee, timelines, and tasks, visit https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG.

Committee membership criteria

We look for the following qualities and qualifications in committee members:

  • Experience with the Wikimedia movement and at least one Wikimedia project.
  • 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.
  • Ability to edit basic wiki-markup (grant proposal discussions are largely conducted on meta-wiki).
  • Reasonable facility with English, for reviewing and discussing grant proposals.
  • In good community- and legal- standing (not currently blocked or banned, involved in allegations of unethical financial behavior, etc).
  • 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).
  • Experience leading, coordinating, or managing projects with an intended on-wiki or online impact.
  • Experience handling externally provided money and working within budgets, preferably in a non-profit context.
  • Experience applying for grants or working in grants programs (in the Wikimedia, academic, or wider non-profit world).
  • Ability to read and write in multiple languages.


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

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