Hello, Wikimedians!

I want to share with you that the community review period for the Annual
Plan Grants (APG) program is underway for eleven proposals. These
organizations are requesting unrestricted funding to support their annual
plans, including both programmatic and operational costs. These requests in
Round 1 total roughly US$4.2 million, out of US$6 million available in both
rounds this year. In mid-November, Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC), [1]
a volunteer committee made up of members of the Wikimedia community, will
convene. They will meet in San Francisco to discuss these proposals in
detail and make a recommendation to the WMF Board of Trustees on use of
these funds.

>From now until 30 October, we invite everyone to review the proposals, and
to provide thoughts and ask questions on the discussion pages of the
proposals. You can begin your exploration of the proposals on the community
review landing page here:

About community review: Annual plan grant proposals are submitted to the
FDC on 1 October. That is followed by a 30-day open comment period. During
this community review, all are invited to provide input on and ask
questions about specific proposals on the discussion pages of the proposal
forms. Applicants are also asked to respond to input and questions during
this period, although they are not able to change the proposal form itself
after the submission date.

The FDC follows the discussion pages of the proposals in preparation for
their deliberations in November. These questions, comments and responses
are an input to their collaborative decision-making process. While anyone
can comment on proposals after the open comment period closes on 30
October, the FDC may not be able to take comments made after this period
into consideration when making its decisions about funding.

How to join in the review: Please visit the community review page [2] to
view the proposals being considered and follow the instructions on that
page. The proposals are only available in English, but your comments on the
discussion pages do not need to be in English.

Why your feedback matters: We hope that this open comment period will add
to an in-depth and robust review of each proposal. The community review
process also helps make our grantmaking transparent and collaborative. The
FDC and the WMF staff value feedback and insights from the Wikimedia
community in making its funding recommendations.

You can find more information about the APG program, the FDC or the
upcoming milestones on our portal. [3] Please let us know if you have any
questions, concerns, or feedback about the process. You can reach the FDC
support staff can be reached at fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org

Warm regards,
Katy Love

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Information
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