Hello Woubzena,

I would like to remind you that I am waiting for a response to the email
that I sent on April 19.

Thank you,

( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )

On Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 6:52 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Woubzena,
> I am glad to hear that the WMF Rapid Grants program has been so popular
> that its original budget for the year is near exhaustion. I trust that
> these funds are being spent wisely, and that community members and
> affiliates are achieving valuable outcomes with these funds.
> I have some questions about this group of decisions.
> 1. My understanding is that WMF routinely underspends its quarterly
> budgets for the organization as a whole. Also, WMF has ample funding in its
> reserves. Because Rapid Grants appears to be a popular program and the
> budget of this program appears to be relatively small (am I correct in
> saying that the program's total budget for FY1718 is $200,000?), why has
> WMF chosen to suspend the program instead of transferring a relatively
> small amount of other funds, perhaps $50,000, to support this program
> through the remainder of FY1718?
> 2. My understanding is that one of the original goals for Rapid Grants is
> to support small projects and events in an efficient and timely manner. I
> am puzzled by the decision to raise the floor for Rapid Grants to $500,
> which seems to eliminate WMF funding for small projects that might not
> happen without Rapid Grants support and/or require volunteers to take money
> out of their personal funds to support Wikimedia projects and events. The
> WMF Annual Plan for 2018-2019 is currently in a draft phase, and it seems
> to me that the plan could be revised to support continuing the Rapid Grants
> program with no floor, or perhaps a very low floor like $50, for funding
> requests. If the FY1819 budget for Rapid Grants and/or the budget for staff
> time for Rapid Grants needs to be increased in order to achieve the goal of
> supporting small projects and events in a timely manner with minimal or no
> floor, then it seems to me that the modest amount of additional funding to
> accomplish this would be reasonable.
> 3. Similarly, if additional staff time is necessary to support continuous
> processing of Rapid Grant requests instead of limiting requests to the 1st
> through 15th of each month, then my inclination is to support the funding
> for additional staff time in FY1819. Does that option sound reasonable from
> your perspective? I realize that continuous processing might be less
> convenient for WMF, but I think that support for the community and
> affiliates should be the highest priority here.
> Thank you,
> Pine
> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
> On Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 1:30 AM, Woubzena Jifar <wji...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>> Hello all!
>> Hope this email finds you well. We are sending this message to select
>> community mailing lists and all previous recipients of a Wikimedia
>> Foundation Rapid Grant.
>> We have an announcement regarding the closure of the Rapid Grants [1]
>> program between May 14 - June 30, 2018. This year we've received a lot of
>> interest in the program and this quarter we've almost doubled the amount of
>> grants offered to the community compared to last year's quarter. You can
>> look at our spending analysis
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_spending_analysis>
>>  [2] for
>> reference. Unfortunately, this means we've expended our funds for this
>> fiscal year. The last date we will be receiving an application for a rapid
>> grant before the closure will be *Friday, May 11, 2018*.
>> We encourage *Wiki Loves Earth* participants to apply for a Rapid Grant
>> by May 11, 2018 to receive support for their project.
>> The grant program will be open again to receive grant requests starting *July
>> 1, 2018*. At this point we will be implementing the following changes:
>> 1. There will be a minimum of *$500 USD* for grant requests
>> 2. Applications will only be accepted between the *1st - 15th of each
>> month*. This is to help with our current workflow and to allow us to be
>> more responsive to your requests.
>> If you have any questions, please email us at rapidgra...@wikimedia.org.
>> Best regards,
>> Woubzena
>> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid
>> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Gran
>> ts_spending_analysis
>> Woubzena Jifar
>> Program Officer
>> Rapid Grants
>> Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>
>> User: WJifar (WMF)
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