[Wikimedia-l] Announcement: community review period for FDC proposals increased by two weeks

Patricio Lorente patricio.lorente at gmail.com
Sat Feb 2 23:02:17 UTC 2013

(Sorry for crossposting)

Dear friends,

As you know, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) [1] comprising
seven community members, was established last year to make
recommendations to the Board about how to allocate movement funds to
eligible entities and help achieve Wikimedia’s vision, mission, and
strategies. The first round of FDC funding, of $8.51 million,
supporting the annual plans of eleven entities, was successfully
completed in December 2012.[2] All thanks to the hard work of the
members of the community, the FDC, and FDC staff for helping making
this happen!

We are writing to you today to announce that we are increasing the
community review period for FDC proposals by two weeks. We are doing
this in response to feedback from community members including
applicants, FDC and FDC staff. In consultation with the FDC and the
Board, we (as Board representatives on the FDC) approved this change
to the FDC schedule, in order to allow enough time for the community
to review the proposals, and for the applicants to respond. As a
result, Round 2's schedule (and hereafter all FDC rounds), will have
four weeks of review. This also means that the deadlines for the FDC
recommendations and the Board approval get pushed out by two weeks.

For the FDC Round 2 of 2012-13, the schedule is therefore as follows:
proposals from eligible entities are due on March 1,[3] on the FDC
portal. Any eligibility gaps that are pending need to be closed by
February 15.[4] The community review period will be from March 1 to
March 31. On April 8, the FDC staff will post the staff assessments of
the proposals. The FDC will meet from April 22-24 and make its
recommendation to the Board on May 1.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the FDC staff
(FDCsupport en wikimedia.org) for any clarifications. They will be
sharing more details with you shortly.

Jan Bart and Patricio - Board observers FDC

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal
[2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2012-2013_round1
[3] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposal_process
[4] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Eligibility_status/Current_round#fdc-status-table

Patricio Lorente
Blog: http://www.patriciolorente.com.ar
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