Sorry, obvious question but... how does the stack of things-that-the-perl-community-would-benefit-from look like?
A list of desirable/helpful tasks seems an obvious thing to publish along with a call for grant proposals, isn't it?
Gratipay might be a good alternative to traditional grants. https://gratipay.com/for/perl/
Traditionally we assumed those who send us grant proposals are subject matter experts in each area and they already know existing pain points. That's not unreasonable but let's see if such a task list helps.
My first reaction would be TIMTOWDI but there's a lot for us to learn from Gratipay.
Thanks Peter, I have added to the list. http://www.perlfoundation.org/grant_ideas