Thank you Winifred - very good to see this has taken off.   SJ

On Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 1:10 PM, Winifred Olliff <>

> Dear Wikimedia colleagues:
> In response to feedback about the grants process
> <
> >
> that identified a gap in support for organizations and groups with annual
> plans that are not part of the FDC process
> <>, we on the WMF's Community
> Resources Team created a new pilot process for Simple Annual Plan Grants
> <>. These grants are for
> groups and organizations that need funds for operating and program expenses
> up to US$100K (or its equivalent in another currency).
> This process has been developed in partnership with a committee of eight
> volunteers <>,
> who make recommendations about each grant application, which are then
> approved by WMF staff. I would like to recognize the outstanding work of
> our inaugural committee: Addis Wang, Anders Wennersten, Kiril Simeonovski,
> Kirill Lokshin, Ido Ivri, Nataliia Tymkiv, Pete Ekman, and Sydney Poore.
> Besides producing four quality recommendations this month (found on the
> discussion pages of the four applications
> <>),
> they've done invaluable work to define how this new funding option will
> work, and offered constructive and supportive feedback to the applicants.
> I also want to recognize and congratulate our first four grantees:
> Wikimedia Czech Republic, Wikimedia Eesti, Wikimedia Espana, and Shared
> Knowledge (user group in Macedonia). Each grantee did an outstanding job
> engaging during every phase of the grants process, and we are confident
> that each is preparing for an amazing year in 2016. Many thanks to all of
> the dedicated volunteers and staff at each organization that made these
> quality applications happen, including Bojan Jankuloski, Jan Loužek, Kiril
> Simeonevski, Kaarel Vaidla, Luis Ulzurrun, Santiago Navarro, Vojtěch Dostál
> and the volunteer boards and supportive community members at each of these
> organizations.
> Finally, thank you to our colleagues Janice Tud, Siko Bouterse, Stephen
> LaPorte, and the WMF finance team, for supporting these grantees behind the
> scenes. Thanks to Katy Love, Kacie Harold, and the entire Community
> Resources Team, past and current Funds Dissemination Committee members,
> current and past APG applicants, and particularly Ravishankar
> Ayyakkannu, for sharing their ideas and experiences leading up to this
> idea. Special thanks also to Tony Souter and Bence Damokos for their
> substantial feedback during the early phases of the pilot's development.
> Are you interested in learning more about how the new funding option could
> work for your group or organization? Please Email me to start a discussion
> about your organization's application, and read more about how to apply
> <>.
> Applications will be accepted throughout 2016.
> Best wishes and congratulations to all our colleagues who received grants
> in 2015, or helped to improve the grants process!
> Winifred
> Helpful links for Simple Annual Plan Grants:
> *Apply here:
> *About the program:
> *Committee:
> --
> Winifred Olliff
> Program Officer
> Wikimedia Foundation
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