October 2007 Archives

Grants: Call for Proposals

If you have an idea for doing some work for the Perl community and you think it’s worthy of a grant, please send your grant entry to [email protected]. Submission deadline is the last day of November, voting starts in December and we will be awarding the grants by the beginning of January.

First, please read about how to submit a grant. Read that carefully as grants are often rejected if they don’t meet the criteria. For example, if you want to submit improvements to a well-known project but there’s no evidence that you have at least tried to work with the maintainers of that project, the grant will likely not be approved. You can also read through our rules of operation for a better idea of the grant process.

To get an idea of what sorts of grants are generally accepted, you can read through past grants for 2001 to 2006. You can also read through the grant-related postings to the Perl Foundation blog. As a general rule, a properly formatted grant proposal is more likely to be approved if it meets the following criteria:

  • It has widespread benefit to the Perl community or a large segment of it.
  • We have reason to believe that you can accomplish your goals.
  • We can afford it (we rarely approve anything more than a couple of thousand dollars).

The thorniest issue, as always, is the grant amount. If you do not include a grant amount, the grant will not be approved. So how much do you ask for? While we have information in this posting about the grant committee, the reality is fairly simple. We’re a non-profit organization and we are not flush with cash. If you charge us a typical hourly rate, we probably cannot afford it. Typical grant awards are generally in the $500 to $3000 range, but we have gone under and over those amounts, depending on the grant. As a general rule the less expensive it is, the more likely it is that we can afford to fund it. For highly speculative grants (in other words, projects whose benefits may be unclear or have a high chance of failure), we are unlikely to risk large amounts of our donor’s money.

Frozen Perl 2008 Call for Speakers Closes Tomorrow Night

There's a little more than 24 hours left in the Frozen Perl 2008 Call for Speakers. If you've been putting your submission off to the last minute, that last minute is fast approaching. Submissions close at midnight (America/Central) on Tuesday, October 23.

If you're on the fence about submitting a proposal, we really hope you do submit something. More proposals gives us more choice, and we really want to encourage new, interesting topics, and new, interesting speakers.

Grants Committee elects a new Chair

The Perl Foundation is pleased to announce the election of Alberto Simões to the position of Grants Committee Chair. Alberto was elected by the Grants Committee members from a pool of four strong candidates.

Alberto is president of the Portuguese Association for Perl Programmers, the leader of Braga.pm and the co-chair of YAPC::EU 2005 in Braga, Portugal. Alberto is a Ph.D. student in Machine Translation (Natural Language Processing) at the University of Minho, in Braga.

Curtis "Ovid" Poe has held the position of Grants Committee Chair since autumn of 2005. The Perl Foundation would like to give Curtis our deepest thanks for an excellent tenure as Chair of the Grants Committee and for all his help in preparing the search and election of his successor. Curtis has also pledged his support to help Alberto get up to speed as the new Grants Committee Chair over the next few weeks.

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