Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes to Rapid Grants - Effective August 1, 2019

2019-07-26 Thread Farah Jack Mustaklem
Hi Woubzena,
I've submitted a couple of requests in July, hoping that we can get them
going before the new changes take place:

Can you please let me know what the status is?

On Tue, Jul 2, 2019 at 2:35 AM Woubzena Jifar  wrote:

> Hello all,
> Hope this email finds you well. We are sending this message to select
> community mailing lists and all previous recipients of Wikimedia Foundation
> Rapid Grants.
> As you know the Rapid Grants Program
>  [1] has played an
> important role in helping our communities to grow. The number of grants we
> have given out grew by 30% between FY16 -17 to this fiscal year, and they
> grew by 55% when measured by the total amount disbursed. (See the spending
> analysis
> [2] for reference.*)
> While communities have valued these flexible funding opportunities, on our
> part, it hasn’t been easy to measure and track their impact. We therefore
> will be implementing a number of changes in Fiscal Year 19/20, starting 
> *August
> 1 2019*, to sharpen the focus and impact of rapid grants, whilst at the
> same time maintaining the quick and flexible funding options for community:
> 1) In the months specified below, we will prioritize support to *contests
> and campaigns* which have been an exciting source of growth in
> editorship, innovative participation and content generation by communities.
> These months will be solely dedicated to different contests and campaigns
> throughout the year:
>- *August*: only receiving proposals for *Wiki Loves Monuments*
>- *September*: only receiving proposals for *Awareness Grants*
>- *December*: only receiving proposals for *Wiki Loves Africa *
>- *January*: only receiving proposals for *Art + Feminism* (campaign)
>- *March*: only receiving proposals for *Wiki Loves Earth*
> 2) Outside the months specified above, proposals are welcomed in all
> other categories: edit-a-thons, contests, photowalks, general promotion
> campaigns, and video campaigns. For added flexibility, we will also
> consider proposals outside of these categories, such as software
> development. However, we will no longer be providing rapid grants for
> travel support, equipment purchase or meetups.
> 3) We will evaluate each batch of grants once a month and accept the best
> proposals in alignment with the Wikimedia Foundation’s medium-term goals.
> We will share the evaluation for the Rapid Grants Program that led us to
> sharpen the focus for the program once the evaluation is completed by
> September 30, 2019. In addition to these changes, we’ve also considered
> comments around Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grants eligibility criteria and
> have clarified these criteria. Please take the time to re-familiarize
> yourselves with the Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grants Guidelines and
> Criteria  [4]
> page.
> The Wikimedia Foundation’s Medium-term
> [3] plan goals are set out here for information.
> If you have any questions, please email us at .
> Best regards,
> Woubzena
> *Please note that we have not yet put out the final FY 2018-19 numbers and
> we’re basing this calculation based on up to date internal numbers of 184
> grants and $270,194.
> [1]
> [2]
> [3]
> [4]
> Woubzena Jifar (pronouns - she/her/hers)
> Program Officer, Rapid Grants
> User: WJifar (WMF)
> Wikimedia Foundation 
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[Wikimedia-l] New Affiliations Committee appointments

2019-02-21 Thread Farah Jack Mustaklem
Hi everyone,

I'm pleased to announce that Reda Kerbouche, Manavpreet Kaur, and May
Hachem have appointed to the Affiliations Committee as new members.  In
addition, two incumbent members -- Kirill Lokshin and Camelia Boban -- have
re-appointed for an additional term.  Please join me in welcoming our new
and returning members.

The committee extends its profound gratitude to Tanweer Morshed, who is
stepping down after having served three years on the committee, and to
everyone who participated in the recent selection process, whether by
standing as a candidate or by providing feedback on the applications.

Farah Mustaklem
Affiliations Committee
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