Hi Woubzena,
I've submitted a couple of requests in July, hoping that we can get them
going before the new changes take place:


Can you please let me know what the status is?

On Tue, Jul 2, 2019 at 2:35 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 Wikimedia Foundation
> Rapid Grants.
> As you know the Rapid Grants Program
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid> [1] has played an
> important role in helping our communities to grow. The number of grants we
> have given out grew by 30% between FY16 -17 to this fiscal year, and they
> grew by 55% when measured by the total amount disbursed. (See the spending
> analysis
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_spending_analysis>
> [2] for reference.*)
> While communities have valued these flexible funding opportunities, on our
> part, it hasn’t been easy to measure and track their impact. We therefore
> will be implementing a number of changes in Fiscal Year 19/20, starting 
> *August
> 1 2019*, to sharpen the focus and impact of rapid grants, whilst at the
> same time maintaining the quick and flexible funding options for community:
> 1) In the months specified below, we will prioritize support to *contests
> and campaigns* which have been an exciting source of growth in
> editorship, innovative participation and content generation by communities.
> These months will be solely dedicated to different contests and campaigns
> throughout the year:
>    - *August*: only receiving proposals for *Wiki Loves Monuments*
>    - *September*: only receiving proposals for *Awareness Grants*
>    (campaign)
>    - *December*: only receiving proposals for *Wiki Loves Africa *
>    - *January*: only receiving proposals for *Art + Feminism* (campaign)
>    - *March*: only receiving proposals for *Wiki Loves Earth*
> 2) Outside the months specified above, proposals are welcomed in all
> other categories: edit-a-thons, contests, photowalks, general promotion
> campaigns, and video campaigns. For added flexibility, we will also
> consider proposals outside of these categories, such as software
> development. However, we will no longer be providing rapid grants for
> travel support, equipment purchase or meetups.
> 3) We will evaluate each batch of grants once a month and accept the best
> proposals in alignment with the Wikimedia Foundation’s medium-term goals.
> We will share the evaluation for the Rapid Grants Program that led us to
> sharpen the focus for the program once the evaluation is completed by
> September 30, 2019. In addition to these changes, we’ve also considered
> comments around Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grants eligibility criteria and
> have clarified these criteria. Please take the time to re-familiarize
> yourselves with the Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grants Guidelines and
> Criteria <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/Learn> [4]
> page.
> The Wikimedia Foundation’s Medium-term
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019>
> [3] plan goals are set out here for information.
> If you have any questions, please email us at <rapidgra...@wikimedia.org>.
> Best regards,
> Woubzena
> *Please note that we have not yet put out the final FY 2018-19 numbers and
> we’re basing this calculation based on up to date internal numbers of 184
> grants and $270,194.
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid
> [2]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_spending_analysis
> [3]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/Learn
> Woubzena Jifar (pronouns - she/her/hers)
> Program Officer, Rapid Grants
> User: WJifar (WMF)
> Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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