[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC Eligibility - Round 2

Garfield Byrd gbyrd at wikimedia.org
Wed Dec 18 23:11:18 UTC 2013

Dear Wikimedia Community:

As you may know, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) makes
recommendations to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees on how to
allocate movement funds to best meet Wikimedia goals and strategic
priorities. [1]<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC>
Wikimedia Foundation has now published a list of 2013-2014 Round 2 Annual
Plan Grant eligible entities
the eligibility criteria
in the Funds Dissemination Committee framework.  Please let us know if you
believe there are any corrections to be made to this list.

The six entities that submitted Letters of Intent for Round 2 2013-2014 are
categorized in 'Yes', 'Yes, If',  and 'No' categories based the eligibility
criteria.  Entities who are interested in applying for funds through the
FDC, but are currently ineligible due to compliance issues (i.e.: those who
fall into the 'Yes, If' category detailed above) should work with WMF to
develop a plan to correct compliance issues.  Please note that any entity
in the 'Yes, If' category must post all missing documents on Meta by *15
March 2014* to be eligible to apply to the FDC for Annual Plan Grants. As
we have done in the past, the WMF Finance Team and the FDC staff will work
closely with all entities in the “Yes, If” category to ensure that they are
aware of their current and potential gaps in eligibility.

After the eligibility period closes on *15 March 2014*, WMF will post the
final list of the entities eligible to apply to the FDC for funding. Please
note that entities will need to remain in compliance with all Chapter
Agreements and Grant Agreements until funds are sent in order to receive a
grant through the FDC process, even if eligibility is confirmed as "Yes" on *15
March 2014*. All entities that apply for FDC funding will be required to
maintain eligibility throughout the duration of the proposal review process
until funds are sent (or until the decision on whether to send funds is
made). We encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any questions
about your entity's gaps or potential gaps.

A note on the eligibility table itself: based on feedback received, we’ve
attempted to clarify the eligibility process by condensing two eligibility
tables into one table. It should now be easier, at a glance, to understand
where there are eligibility gaps for the six entities that submitted
Letters of Intent. Gaps and potential gaps are outlined up front. WMF staff
will update the table as entities close their eligibility gaps. Like with
last round, you’ll note there’s a column on “potential gaps” for entities
to track as the FDC process continues. This change was made to allow
entities, the FDC, and the FDC staff to track eligibility better and ensure
that everyone is informed of potential as well as current issues that may
affect eligibility.

All proposals created by eligible entities for Annual Plan Grants from the
FDC must be submitted by *1 April 2014* via the FDC proposal creation tool
on the portal. FDC staff will reach out to eligible entities when the tool
is ready for use.

Please note that I am using the new dates announced by Anasuya Sengupta in
her email to the Community.

One final note: entities who are ineligible or who would prefer not to go
through the FDC process in this round may seek funding through the Project
and Event Grants Program (formerly the Wikimedia Foundation Grants
Program). [4] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Index>

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and the FDC support team (
FDCSupport at wikimedia.org) with any questions or requests for clarification.


Garfield Byrd
Chief of Finance and Administration
Wikimedia Foundation

[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Eligibility_criteria
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Index
Garfield Byrd
Chief of Finance and Administration
Wikimedia Foundation
415.839.6885 ext 6787
415.882.0495 (fax)

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