Hi all,

Liam Wyatt has written an accompanying Wikimedia blog post on the FDC's
process. Please take a look:


On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 3:00 AM, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote:

> בוקר טוב,
> אני שמח לבשר שה-FDC, הוועדה האחראית על המלצות המימון לארגוני ויקימדיה
> בתנועה, המליצה להעניק מימון מלא לוויקימדיה ישראל השנה.
> יש הרבה מחמאות על העבודה שלנו, אך גם מעט ביקורת, שלא נעלמת מעינינו, על
> ההצעה השנה:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2015-2016_round1#Wikimedia_Israel
> זו ההזדמנות להודות לחברי העמותה שהיו חלק מכתיבת תכנית העבודה והיעדים, חברי
> הוועד וחברות הצוות ובראשן מיכל, על העבודה הרבה והמוצלחת.
> תודה לכולם
> *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
> +972-(0)-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
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> sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: matanya moses <mata...@foss.co.il>
> Date: Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 11:55 PM
> Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round
> 1 APG grant requests
> To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org
> Hello Wikimedians,
> tl;dr: The FDC’s recommendations for this round of the APG grant requests
> have now been published at:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2015-2016_round1
> The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) meets twice a year to help make
> decisions about how to effectively allocate movement funds to achieve the
> Wikimedia movement's mission, vision, and strategy. [1] We met for four
> days last week in San Francisco to review 11 proposals submitted for this
> round of funding. [2]
> The committee has now posted our Round 1 2015-2016 recommendations on the
> annual plan grants (APG) to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. [3]
> The WMF Board representatives to the FDC (Denny Vrandecic, Jan-Bart de
> Vreede and Dariusz Jemielniak) will lead the Board in its review of these
> recommendations. The WMF Board will review the recommendations and then
> make their decision on them before 1 January 2016.
> This round, the eleven proposals came from ten chapters and one thematic
> organisation, totaling requests of approximately $3.8 million USD. Ten
> affiliates were returning to the APG program, and one was a new applicant.
> This round, one organisation requested a restricted grant to support one
> particular program. All other grant requests were for general funding.
> Before we met for our face-to-face deliberations, the FDC carefully
> reviewed all proposals and supporting documentation (e.g., budgets, plans,
> strategies) in detail, aided by staff assessments and analysis on impact,
> finances, and programs, as well as community comments on the proposals. The
> committee had long and intense conversations about the proposals submitted
> this round. By listening and carefully considering all available data, the
> committee achieved consensus on all proposal deliberations.
> In addition to the above, the FDC has also included a recommendation about
> the WMF itself to improve its own level of planning transparency and budget
> detail. The WMF staff were not involved in the conception or writing of
> this additional recommendation.
> For your reference, there is a formal process to submit appeals about these
> recommendations or complaints about the FDC process. The processes for both
> are outlined below.
> Any applicant that wants to appeal the FDC’s recommendation about their
> proposal this round should submit it by 23:59 UTC on 8 December 2015 in
> accordance with the appeal process outlined in the FDC Framework. A formal
> appeal to challenge the FDC’s recommendation should be in the form of a
> 500-or-fewer word summary. The appeal should be submitted on-wiki, [4] and
> must be submitted by the Board Chair of a funding-seeking applicant.
> Complaints about the process can be filed by anyone with the Ombudsperson,
> and can be made any time. The complaint should be submitted on wiki, as
> well. [5] The ombudsperson will publicly document the complaint, and
> investigate as needed.
> Please take a look at the upcoming calendar [6] to learn about other
> upcoming milestones in the APG program.
> Again, we offer our sincere thanks to the 11 organisations who submitted
> annual plan grant proposals to the FDC this round.
> On behalf of the FDC,
> Matanya Moses (FDC chair), User:Matanya
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round1
> [3]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/FDC_recommendations/2015-2016_round1
> [4]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Appeals_to_the_Board_on_the_recommendations_of_the_FDC
> [5]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Complaints_about_the_FDC_process
> [6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Calendar
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