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[Wikimedia-l] Travel & Participation Support program closing

Katy Love
Hi there, Wikimedians,

I am writing to let you know that the WMF Community Resources team is
closing one of our smaller funding programs, Travel and Participation
Support (TPS) [1]. *TPS will no longer accept applications as of May 1,
2018.*

Some background: TPS was created in 2011 as a movement outreach program. It
reimburses travel expenses for Wikimedian volunteers who present about
Wikimedia at non-Wikimedia events. Its closure comes as a consequence of
the grants restructure following our 2015 Reimagining Grants consultation.
[2] As we have redesigned our grant programs to better meet the needs of
our stakeholders, we are no longer resourced to support TPS as a separate
program.

*We will continue to* *support travel requests as part of our other grant
programs*, as follows:

*Rapid Grants* will now fund travel requests for non-Wikimedia events from
individuals for up to $2,000 USD, prioritizing applications that include
all of the following:
* Wikimedian presenters who have a special area of expertise in relation to
their target audience (for example, a psychology professor who is sharing
about Wikimedia projects at an academic conference for other psychology
professionals)
* outreach activity with a training component and a plan for online
follow-up providing ongoing mentorship and support (editing training,
editathon, etc.)
* regional travel requests under $2,000 USD

*Rapid Grants* will continue to fund travel expenses for local Wikimedia
events. Learn more here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/
wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid

*Conference and Events Grants* will continue to support travel scholarships
for Wikimedia events. Note that this funding is awarded to conference
organizers who then manage requirements for participants. Requests for more
than $10,000 USD are required to start the application process 6 months
before the date of the proposed event. Learn more here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference

*Wikimania Scholarships* will continue to support travel scholarships for
Wikimania. Learn more here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/
wiki/Grants:TPS/Wikimania_scholars

You can contact me directly if you have any questions.

Warmly,
Katy Love


*[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:TPS
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:TPS>[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants/Implementation
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants/Implementation>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Travel & Participation Support program closing

Andy Mabbett-2
On 12 March 2018 at 18:08, Katy Love <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Some background: TPS was created in 2011 as a movement outreach program. It
> reimburses travel expenses for Wikimedian volunteers who present about
> Wikimedia at non-Wikimedia events. Its closure comes as a consequence of
> the grants restructure following our 2015 Reimagining Grants consultation.

> *We will continue to* *support travel requests as part of our other grant
> programs*, as follows:

For the sake of clarity, please could you state what types of
applications (if any) will no longer be supported, which would have
been supported previously?

--
Andy Mabbett
@pigsonthewing
http://pigsonthewing.org.uk

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Travel & Participation Support program closing

Katy Love
Hello there Andy,

Sure thing.

Rapid Grants will require Wikimedians who travel to non-Wikimedia events to
create a more robust engagement plan. The reason for this is to increase
the likelihood that their participation will have an impact on other
attendees. In TPS, we sometimes funded people who were presenting a talk at
an event like an academic conference. We will no longer fund Wikimedians to
attend non-Wikimedia events to present a talk. Now we ask that applicants
include additional elements in their plan besides presenting a talk, such
as hosting edit-a-thons, offering trainings or meet-ups, and/or arranging
for follow-up activities online after the event. Our intention here is

Occasionally, the TPS program received requests to support international
travel with budgets that were slightly over $2,000 USD. These requests came
in infrequently, but that type of grant request would be impacted by this
change. This change is aligned with our intention to focus on more regional
travel requests, which tend to be more cost-effective than international
travel requests (though this is of course very context specific!).

Take good care,
Katy

On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:38 AM, Andy Mabbett <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> On 12 March 2018 at 18:08, Katy Love <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > Some background: TPS was created in 2011 as a movement outreach program.
> It
> > reimburses travel expenses for Wikimedian volunteers who present about
> > Wikimedia at non-Wikimedia events. Its closure comes as a consequence of
> > the grants restructure following our 2015 Reimagining Grants
> consultation.
>
> > *We will continue to* *support travel requests as part of our other grant
> > programs*, as follows:
>
> For the sake of clarity, please could you state what types of
> applications (if any) will no longer be supported, which would have
> been supported previously?
>
> --
> Andy Mabbett
> @pigsonthewing
> http://pigsonthewing.org.uk
>
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Katy Love
Hello again, everyone!

Whoops! Let me try again, this time without the unfinished sentence.

Hello there Andy,

Sure thing.

Rapid Grants will require Wikimedians who travel to non-Wikimedia events to
create a more robust engagement plan. The reason for this is to increase
the likelihood that their participation will have an impact on other
attendees. In TPS, we sometimes funded people who were presenting a talk at
an event like an academic conference. We will no longer fund Wikimedians to
attend non-Wikimedia events to present a talk. Now we ask that applicants
include additional elements in their plan besides presenting a talk, such
as hosting edit-a-thons, offering trainings or meet-ups, and/or arranging
for follow-up activities online after the event.

Occasionally, the TPS program received requests to support international
travel with budgets that were slightly over $2,000 USD. These requests came
in infrequently, but that type of grant request would be impacted by this
change. This change is aligned with our intention to focus on more regional
travel requests, which tend to be more cost-effective than international
travel requests (though this is of course very context specific!).

Yours sincerely,
Katy

On Thu, Mar 15, 2018 at 3:26 PM, Katy Love <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Hello there Andy,
>
> Sure thing.
>
> Rapid Grants will require Wikimedians who travel to non-Wikimedia events
> to create a more robust engagement plan. The reason for this is to increase
> the likelihood that their participation will have an impact on other
> attendees. In TPS, we sometimes funded people who were presenting a talk at
> an event like an academic conference. We will no longer fund Wikimedians to
> attend non-Wikimedia events to present a talk. Now we ask that applicants
> include additional elements in their plan besides presenting a talk, such
> as hosting edit-a-thons, offering trainings or meet-ups, and/or arranging
> for follow-up activities online after the event. Our intention here is
>
> Occasionally, the TPS program received requests to support international
> travel with budgets that were slightly over $2,000 USD. These requests came
> in infrequently, but that type of grant request would be impacted by this
> change. This change is aligned with our intention to focus on more regional
> travel requests, which tend to be more cost-effective than international
> travel requests (though this is of course very context specific!).
>
> Take good care,
> Katy
>
> On Mon, Mar 12, 2018 at 11:38 AM, Andy Mabbett <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
>> On 12 March 2018 at 18:08, Katy Love <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>> > Some background: TPS was created in 2011 as a movement outreach
>> program. It
>> > reimburses travel expenses for Wikimedian volunteers who present about
>> > Wikimedia at non-Wikimedia events. Its closure comes as a consequence of
>> > the grants restructure following our 2015 Reimagining Grants
>> consultation.
>>
>> > *We will continue to* *support travel requests as part of our other
>> grant
>> > programs*, as follows:
>>
>> For the sake of clarity, please could you state what types of
>> applications (if any) will no longer be supported, which would have
>> been supported previously?
>>
>> --
>> Andy Mabbett
>> @pigsonthewing
>> http://pigsonthewing.org.uk
>>
>> _______________________________________________
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>> i/Wikimedia-l
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>
>
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