I've been working on an easier way for people to submit photo essays to
Wiki Loves competitions and I've got a prototype working.
Please take a look and let me know what you think just type any name into
the box and press the button to make it work, the only thing I think I'm
missing is some way to automate adding a signature, currently this is very
Dear national organizers,
I'd like to make all national organizers aware of the altered deadlines and
process for rapid grants. Unless exceptions are made for Wiki Loves
Monuments, please note the following:
- *Timeline*: the submission timeline for rapid grants is very limited this
year. You can *only submit before 11 May *(4 days from now) *or between 1
and 15 July*! Do not plan to submit after 1 August, there is no guarantee
that it will be processed in time.
- *Expect delays*: Given the altered timeline, I expect a high number of
applications in the limited timeframe. Please assume delays in review and
approval, although the WMF undoubtly does their best to process requests
- *Amount*: Rapid grants have a *maximum of USD 2000*, as usual. Starting 1
July, the WMF introduces a *minimum amount of USD 500*. This means that if
you're planning to submit a rapid grant below that amount, you have to
submit it before 11 May, or come up with ways to spend more money.
- *Submit a grant request & more information*: Submitting a grant request
is supposed to be fairly easy through this process. You can find more
information about submitting a grant request here:
- *Get help?* If you're new to our movement, you may be a little
overwhelmed by some of the process (it's designed to be as easy as possible
- but is optimized for experienced Wikimedians). Please feel free to ask
for help on our public mailing list wikilovesmonuments AT
lists.wikimedia.org or by emailing me or another member of the
international team. Please don't feel shy about reaching out for help!
Below, you'll find the official message by the grant officer Woubzena Jifar
- above I tried to summarize what I see as likely implications for Wiki
On Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:30 AM, Woubzena Jifar <wjifar(a)wikimedia.org>
> Hello all!
> Hope this email finds you well. We are sending this message to select
> community mailing lists and all previous recipients of a Wikimedia
> Foundation Rapid Grant.
> We have an announcement regarding the closure of the Rapid Grants 
> program between May 14 - June 30, 2018. This year we've received a lot of
> interest in the program and this quarter we've almost doubled the amount of
> grants offered to the community compared to last year's quarter. You can
> look at our spending analysis
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_spending_analysis>  for
> reference. Unfortunately, this means we've expended our funds for this
> fiscal year. The last date we will be receiving an application for a rapid
> grant before the closure will be *Friday, May 11, 2018*.
> We encourage *Wiki Loves Earth* participants to apply for a Rapid Grant
> by May 11, 2018 to receive support for their project.
> The grant program will be open again to receive grant requests starting *July
> 1, 2018*. At this point we will be implementing the following changes:
> 1. There will be a minimum of *$500 USD* for grant requests
> 2. Applications will only be accepted between the *1st - 15th of each
> month*. This is to help with our current workflow and to allow us to be
> more responsive to your requests.
> If you have any questions, please email us at rapidgrants(a)wikimedia.org.
> Best regards,
>  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid
>  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Gran
> Woubzena Jifar
> Program Officer
> Rapid Grants
> Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>
> User: WJifar (WMF)
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A while ago I wrote to you about our social media campaign that we run
throughout the year with hashtag #MonumentaStories. In this campaign
we highlight national winners and ask the photographer to share with
us a story about the photo (the setting, the place, the mood, anything
interesting). To ensure diversity in this campaign, I've personally
reached out to winners from many countries. So far, we've published 30
stories from 30 different countries but despite all my efforts some
countries are still missing. It might be due to language barrier but
in any case, I want to ask local organizers for their help in
highlighting photos from their own countries.
A brief and non-comprehensive list of missing countries: Germany,
Thailand, Taiwan, Croatia, Venezuela, Brazil, UK, Palestine, Austria,
Belgium, Malaysia, Netherlands, Georgia, Armenia.
I'm also thinking of starting a second round and include countries
that are already covered for a second time. So even if your country is
represented I'd appreciate if you help me get another story. It should
be easier for local organizers to reach out to winners. Note that the
photo doesn't have to be from this year.
If you can help please reach out to the winners, get a story from them
and send it to me or put them in touch with me so I can continue the
conversation with them.