I am late to this, but I also want to add my congratulations to the Simple
APG grantees, the committee, and to Winifred! Well done!

Cheers, Katy

On Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 1:45 PM, Sam Klein <sjkl...@hcs.harvard.edu> wrote:

> Thank you Winifred - very good to see this has taken off.   SJ
>
> On Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 1:10 PM, Winifred Olliff <woll...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Dear Wikimedia colleagues:
> >
> > In response to feedback about the grants process
> > <
> >
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants/Outcomes
> > >
> > that identified a gap in support for organizations and groups with annual
> > plans that are not part of the FDC process
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG>, we on the WMF's Community
> > Resources Team created a new pilot process for Simple Annual Plan Grants
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple>. 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 <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/Committee
> >,
> > 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
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/About#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
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/Eligibility>.
> > 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:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/Eligibility
> > *About the program:
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/About
> > *Committee: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Simple/Committee
> >
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> > Program Officer
> > Wikimedia Foundation
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