Hello Wikimedians,

Twice a year, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) meets to help make decisions about how to effectively allocate movement funds to achieve the Wikimedia movement's mission, vision, and strategy. For this round, we met in person from May 13-15 to deliberate on five plans and proposals, which were submitted by Wikimedia Armenia, Wikimedia Norge, Wikimedia France, the Centre for Internet and Society, as well as the draft annual plan of the Wikimedia Foundation. We would like to thank all the organizations this round for submitting these proposals.

We have posted our Round 2 2015-2016 recommendations on the annual plan grants to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. [1] The Board will review our deliberations and make a decision by July 1, 2016.

This round, we received grant requests of roughly $1.25 million USD, and we have recommended roughly $1.14 million in annual plan grants (though grants are made in local currency). Before we met in May, we reviewed all of the proposals and additional documents submitted. We were assisted in this review with some input from the FDC staff assessments and analysis on impact, finances, and programs, as well as community comments on the proposals.

There is a formal process to submit complaints or appeals about these recommendations. Here are the steps for both:

Any organization that would like to submit an appeal on the FDC’s Round 2 recommendation should submit it to the Board representatives to the FDC by 23:59 UTC on 8 June 2016 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 directed to the two non-voting WMF Board representative to the FDC, Dariusz Jemielniak. The appeal should be submitted on-wiki, [4] and must be submitted by the Board Chair of a funding-seeking applicant. The Board will publish its decision on this and all recommendations by 1 July 2016.

Complaints to the ombudsperson about the FDC process can be filed by anyone with the Ombudsperson and can be made any time. The complaint should be submitted on wiki, as well. The ombudsperson will publicly document the complaint, and investigate as needed.

On a side note, all FDC members are flying back to their home countries, so we might be able to respond only in a day or two,

On behalf of the FDC,

Matanya [1]

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_recommendations/2015-2016_round_2


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