*Summary: *
*1. Groups and organizations, a
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple>**pply
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple> by 1 November for
funding by 1 January! *
*2. Volunteers, join the committee
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/Committee> today!*
*4. Help us out with translation, please (see list of pages below).*

Dear Wikimedia colleagues:

We are piloting the *Simple Annual Plan Grants option, for groups and
organizations* that choose to include program and operating expenses as
part of one application each year. We are excited to move forward with this
new option after making some changes to this idea based on what we learned
from the recent consultation about Reimagining WMF Grants
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants/Outcomes>
.

*Amazing benefits!*
1. *One application*. Funding for programs, operating expenses, and staff
all in one application for the year, to enable organizations to plan with
better, and to show how their programs are leading to impact.
2. *Simple process.* Simpler and speedier application, review, and
reporting processes than grants through the FDC, with more flexible
eligibility requirements, and open to informal groups as well as
organizations.
3. *Targeted support*. WMF will be developing more guidelines and online
resources specifically for groups and organizations, this option will
include more support from WMF program staff during the application process
and during each grant, and participants will be part of a learning
community with other groups and organizations doing similar work.

*Join us, in creating something new together!*

   1. *Applications from groups and organizations that need funding by 1
   January will be due 1 November. *More applications will also be accepted
   throughout the year. You can learn more about the program and how to apply
   here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple. If you are
   interested, but have questions about the timing of your application, please
   contact us.
   2. If you want to review annual plan grants, we need you to join the
   committee! Add your name here if you want to help:
   https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/Committee.
   3. We need your help translating the pages about the pilot, especially:
      - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple
      - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/About
      - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/Eligibility (top)

Groups and organizations with annual plans will still have the option to
request funding through the Project and Event Grants program during the
pilot. The pilot phase will be a time to learn together, and will be
evaluated in several stages (at least one in early 2016, and one in early
2017), to discover if this program benefits applicants and grantees.
Questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome on Meta! We've already
received some helpful suggestions, and we hope to make improvements as we
learn.

Please contact me at woll...@wikimedia.org with questions specific to your
group or organization.

Best regards,

Winifred

-- 
Winifred Olliff
Program Officer
Wikimedia Foundation
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