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
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>
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
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.
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