2008Q2 Call for Grants Proposals


The Perl Foundation is looking at giving some grants ranging from $500 to $3000 in May 2008.

In the past, we've supported Adam Kennedy's PPI and Strawberry Perl, Nicholas Clark's work on Perl internals, Jouke Visser's pVoice, Chris Dolan on Perl::Critic and many others (just check http://www.perlfoundation.org/grants for more references).

You don't have to have a large, complex, or lengthy project. You don't even have to be a Perl master or guru. If you have a good idea and the means and ability to accomplish it, we want to hear from you!

Do you have something that could benefit the Perl community but just need that little extra help? Submit a grant proposal by April 30.

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 reasons to believe that you can accomplish your goals.
  • We can afford it.

To submit a proposal see the guidelines at http://www.perlfoundation.org/how_to_write_a_proposal and TPF rules of operation at http://www.perlfoundation.org/rules_of_operation. Then send your proposal to [email protected].

On May 1st submitters will be contacted individually regarding whether they will let their proposal details be available for public discussion, as public views of grants proposals is likely to become part of the standard in the future.


My advice to grant applicants:

  1. Choose a quantitative goal. For example, I was funded to write 20 Perl::Critic policies.
  2. Choose an achievable goal. It's better to finish a modest task than to fail at a monumental task.
  3. Choose a community-oriented goal. Think of something that helps all of us.

If you get funded:

  1. Pace yourself. Make steady progress toward you goal so you don't get burned out or in temporal debt.
  2. Don't expect others to help. They know you are getting paid. It's only fair.
  3. Blog your progress, but focus on getting the work done. Don't blog it until you've done it.

I just saw this, and would have submitted a proposal (for "multilingualising" a Perl website, for example this one) but have missed the cutoff date by a couple of days.

Are the grants given by TPF every month or do I have to wait until next year?

By the way, I can be reached at nomad (at) null (dot) net if there is the possibility of a late entry...

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