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Wikimedia Foundation Announces First Grant Recipients of New $4.5 Million Equity Fund to Close Knowledge Gaps and Promote Racial Equity

8 September 2021 — Today, the Wikimedia Foundation, the global nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia and other free knowledge projects, announced six inaugural grants as part of the newly launched Knowledge Equity Fund, an effort to close knowledge gaps and address racial inequities in its projects. The first round of grants will be given to….

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Spotlighting knowledge equity among the newest twenty community-led Project Grants

The Wikimedia Foundation and the Project Grants Committee are excited to announce the newest successful grantees from the Project Grants program. Project Grants provide community members with funds to pursue their ideas for improving Wikimedia projects.  These grants support individuals, groups and organizations in implementing both new experiments and proven ideas.  Projects vary widely in….

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What we learned from inspiring new Wikipedia readers all around the world

How do we get Wikipedia to every corner of the world? How can we share the joy of free knowledge with people who have never heard of our website? In 2018, we asked Wikipedia’s volunteer editing communities all over the world to think creatively about expanding the reach of the free online encyclopedia. Through a….

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How impactful are our grants? We’re investigating.

For almost a decade, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Community Resources team has been funding people and organizations pursuing our vision: Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. In the last five years alone, we’ve given out over 35 million US dollars across almost 80 countries. Our efforts….

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Nine community-led projects receive rapid grants to inspire new readers

How do we build awareness of Wikipedia in different countries, cultures, and language groups around the world? We trust local Wikimedians to offer their expertise.

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Inspire New Readers campaign: Raise awareness of Wikipedia where you live

Recent research shows that only 33 percent of Internet users in India, 19 percent of internet users in Iraq, and 39 percent of Internet users in Brazil have heard of Wikipedia. Those numbers differ dramatically from the United States and France, where 87 and 84 of internet users, respectively, have heard of Wikipedia. How would you raise awareness of Wikipedia where you live? A new campaign wants to hear your ideas.

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Eleven community-led projects awarded Project Grants

Selected from a field of 26 proposals, these projects focus on software, offline outreach, and online organizing.

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Ten community-led projects awarded Project Grants

Project Grants support individuals, groups and organizations to implement new experiments and proven ideas, whether focused on building a new tool or gadget, organizing a better process on your wiki, researching an important issue, coordinating an editathon series or providing other support for community-building.

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Twelve community-led projects awarded Project Grants

Selected from a field of 22 applications, the projects focus on software, offline outreach, and online organizing.

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New grants program will fund six community-led projects

Selected from a field of thirteen applications, the projects focus on software, offline outreach, and research.

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