Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

I write to remind Wikimedia-affiliated entities interested in
submitting an annual plan grant proposal to the Funds Dissemination
Committee (FDC) in Round 2 2013-2014 that they must first submit a
Letter of Intent (LOI). The Letter of Intent is the first step in
applying for funds from the FDC, as outlined in the FDC Framework. [1]
This step has been implemented as part of the improvements for
2013-2014. In Round 1 of this year, it helped the FDC staff to work
closely with interested applicants ahead of eligibility and proposal
deadlines.

Entities interested in applying for funding in Round 2 must submit an
Letter of Intent before submitting a proposal. For Round 2 of
2013-2014, the LOI is due on November 8. The LOI asks potential FDC
applicants to state their intentions to apply and to include a
notional dollar figure (or local currency figure). The LOI can be
created on the FDC portal [2], and a sample is here for your
reference. [3] The LOI is non-binding, but it is required.

Milestones from Round 2 can be found on the portal [4] and below:

* Letter of Intent deadline: 8 November 2013
* Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 December 2013
* Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 February 2014
* Proposal submission deadline: 1 March 2014
* Community review period: 1 March 2014 - 31 March 2014
* Staff assessment deadline: 8 April 2014
* FDC recommendation due: 1 May 2014
* Board decision due: 1 June 2014

Also, I want to bring to your attention the current Round 1 community
review process for the eleven Round 1 proposals just submitted to the
FDC. We ask you, members of the community, to share your thoughts and
questions on the Discussion pages of the submitted proposals!  [5]

Have any questions or comments? Reach out to us at:
fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org. The FDC staff is here to help you understand
and navigate the process!

Cheers,
Katy Love and the FDC support team

[1]
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Process_overview
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal#fdc-portal-start
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Sample_letter_of_intent
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Timeline#2013-2014_Round_2
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/Community/Review

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