Dear members of the Wikimedia community, I write to remind Wikimedia-affiliated entities interested in submitting an annual plan grant proposal to the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) in Round 2 2013-2014 that they must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). The Letter of Intent is the first step in applying for funds from the FDC, as outlined in the FDC Framework.  This step has been implemented as part of the improvements for 2013-2014. In Round 1 of this year, it helped the FDC staff to work closely with interested applicants ahead of eligibility and proposal deadlines.
Entities interested in applying for funding in Round 2 must submit an Letter of Intent before submitting a proposal. For Round 2 of 2013-2014, the LOI is due on November 8. The LOI asks potential FDC applicants to state their intentions to apply and to include a notional dollar figure (or local currency figure). The LOI can be created on the FDC portal , and a sample is here for your reference.  The LOI is non-binding, but it is required. Milestones from Round 2 can be found on the portal  and below: * Letter of Intent deadline: 8 November 2013 * Deadline for WMF Staff to post eligibility: 15 December 2013 * Deadline for entities to meet eligibility requirements: 15 February 2014 * Proposal submission deadline: 1 March 2014 * Community review period: 1 March 2014 - 31 March 2014 * Staff assessment deadline: 8 April 2014 * FDC recommendation due: 1 May 2014 * Board decision due: 1 June 2014 Also, I want to bring to your attention the current Round 1 community review process for the eleven Round 1 proposals just submitted to the FDC. We ask you, members of the community, to share your thoughts and questions on the Discussion pages of the submitted proposals!  Have any questions or comments? Reach out to us at: fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org. The FDC staff is here to help you understand and navigate the process! Cheers, Katy Love and the FDC support team  http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Process_overview  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal#fdc-portal-start  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Sample_letter_of_intent  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Timeline#2013-2014_Round_2  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/Community/Review _______________________________________________ Please note: all replies sent to this mailing list will be immediately directed to Wikimedia-l, the public mailing list of the Wikimedia community. For more information about Wikimedia-l: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l _______________________________________________ WikimediaAnnounce-l mailing list WikimediaAnnouncefirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaannounce-l