Starting in 2021, the Grants Committee will be taking on an expanded role in supporting the development of Perl and Raku within The Perl Foundation. In addition to the usual set of grants that benefit the greater Perl and Raku communities, the Grants Committee will also be the caretakers of the Perl and Raku Development Funds, and therefore responsible for awarding grants that directly benefit the core development of these languages. Prior to this, Perl and Raku development funds were managed and awarded through a separate process that interacted directly with the TPF Board of Directors.
While the eligibility requirements for Perl and Raku development grants are different, they will go through the same process that other grants go through: each grant request will be published publicly; a period of public discussion will take place, during which time, applicants may be asked to provide additional information or make other changes before the voting period begins; finally, there is a voting period, after which the results are publicly posted.
## So what are the eligibility requirements?
Since grants involving these funds are very focused and targeted, each has a specific set of requirements that must be met before being considered for discussion and funding. For Perl:
* The applicant must be a contributor to the Perl core.
* The application must be endorsed by one or more people with commit rights to the Perl core.
In the case of Raku:
* The applicant must be a contributor to the Raku language specification or one of its implementations.
* The application must be endorsed by one or more people in Raku Steering Council.
For more information, check out the [Perl Core Development Fund](https://www.perlfoundation.org/perl-core-development-fund.html) and [Raku Development Fund](https://www.perlfoundation.org/raku-development-fund.html) pages.
## What are the benefits of this process?
All grant requests now follow the same, consistent progress. Every grant request, regardless of what it's for will always be publicly posted and discussed in the open. The community will have a say in the decision making process, and will get to see how donations and grant money are allocated and awarded for the betterment of the Perl and Raku languages.
## How can I get involved?
The next call for grants is coming up *this week!* The Grants Committee [maintains a list of possible grant ideas](https://grants.perlfoundation.org/), or you can propose your own ideas. The Perl and Raku communities grow from your involvement. Submit your request and let's get something positive accomplished!