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[Wikimedia Announcements] Community review for Annual Plan Grants FDC Process Round 2 2016-2017

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[Wikimedia Announcements] Community review for Annual Plan Grants FDC Process Round 2 2016-2017

Delphine Ménard -2
Dear Wikimedia friends,

For the 10th time since the Funds Dissemination Committee was created, the Annual Plan Grants FDC process needs your eyes, brains and analytic skills.

Since 1 April, 4 organizations have posted their proposal for review by the FDC...and you. These consist of annual plans and budgets, with a detail of what programs and activities those organizations are planning for the coming 12 months.

This opens the time for community review, a month long process in which we need as many people as possible giving their feedback on the proposals, asking questions or clarifications and analyzing the initiatives that our movement affiliates and partners have developped for the year to come.

In May, the FDC will meet to make recommendations to Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees on how to allocate movement funds to these affiliates in order to achieve the most impact. Your input and participation will be valuable as they make these recommendations.

You can find the proposals linked from the Community review portal here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2016-2017_round_2
The organizations whose proposals, plans and budgets are available for your
review include: The Center for Internet and Society, Wikimedia Armenia, Wikimedia France, Wikimedia Norge. 
The Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan will be posted on 7 April for your review, we will make a separate announcement then.

You can leave your feedback on the proposals discussion page.

Visit the annual plan grant portal [*] for more information about the program, the FDC, or upcoming milestones. You can reach the FDC support staff at [hidden email]. More information about past APG rounds, recommendations, reports from organizations can be found on the proposals page: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals


*More about community review*:
The APG proposal submission date is followed by a 30-day open comment period, when anyone is invited to provide input on and ask questions about a specific proposal on its discussion page.
Applicants are also expected 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 will review the discussion pages during their deliberations in May as one of many inputs to the decision-making process. While anyone may comment on proposals after the open comment period closes on 30 April, the FDC may not be able to take comments made after this period into consideration when reaching its decisions.

*How to review*:
Please visit the community review page to view the proposals being considered and follow the instructions. While the proposals are only available in English, your comments can be in any language.

*Why your feedback matters*:
We hope this open comment period will add to an in-depth and robust review of each proposal, and help keep our grantmaking transparent and collaborative. The FDC highly values feedback and insights from the Wikimedia community in making its funding recommendations.

Thank you for the time you’ll take to review these proposals,

Best,

Delphine

[*] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals

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Delphine Ménard
Program Officer
Wikimedia Foundation

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