In December of 2008, Booking.com provided a $50,000 grant for the development and maintenance of Perl.
In February of 2010, Dave Mitchel submitted a grant proposal to use $25,000 of these funds for Fixing Perl5 Core Bugs. This grant was eventually accepted and then extended twice. The grant has been a massive success and has allowed Dave Mitchell to put in over 1,000 hours fixing bugs in Perl 5. Thanks to Dave's hard work and Booking.com's support, over 150 bug reports have now been resolved.
The Booking.com grant was completed in November of 2011. Over 98% of the funds were paid directly to the grantee and the remainder was applied to bank charges associated with the fund.
Starting in November, Dave Mitchell's work on Perl5 Core Bugs will be funded by The Perl Foundation's Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund. This is funded by many sponsors, including Booking.com. With the current available funds, he will be able to continue his work through May of 2012. Your support of the Perl 5 Core project can help extend his and Nicholas Clark's work.
The Perl Foundation thanks Dave Mitchell for all of his hard work as well as Booking.com's financial support that made all of this possible.