Supporting our communities

The Wikimedia Foundation provides strategic grants to support people and organizations around the world. Our aim is to increase the quantity, quality, diversity, and reach of free knowledge. This past fiscal year, we awarded 392 grants totalling $7,089,729 to communities in 80 countries worldwide.

More than half of our grants in 2017 went to support volunteer communities in countries dramatically increasing their use of Wikipedia. This includes Armenia, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Venezuela. We also awarded more than $700,000 in grants to support projects that focus on increasing the visibility and participation of women on Wikipedia.

We made

392 grants

To support free knowledge in

80 countries

Creating or improving

642,811 new Wikipedia articles


455,305 freely licensed images

And training

1,357 volunteer community leaders

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