Sunday, January 01, 2012

PSF Grants Over $37,000 to the Python Community in 2011

The Python Software Foundation provides financial support to many Python related conferences and projects. In 2011, the grants and awards totaled US$37,511. As we enter the new year, we want to take this opportunity to review some of the work funded by, and for, the Python community throughout the year.


One of the most prominent ways the PSF supports the community is through the conference assistance program. Organizers of Python-related conferences are eligible to receive grants toward conference-related expenses, including renting space, travel, catering, etc.

Projects and Porting

This year the PSF gave grants to support several software and community projects that provide significant benefit to Python users.


Besides funding projects from existing community members, the PSF has also funded projects intended to introduce new people to Python and expand our community.

  • Vern Ceder was granted US$500 to travel to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) for a speaking engagement
  • PyLadies received US$1220
  • The Boston Python Workshop received a US$3300 grant to support and grow the workshop

Receiving Grants

There are several sources for funding through the PSF, depending on the nature of your project.

  1. Conference organizers can contact the PSF Board directly (psf at with inquiries. Please keep in mind that it may take some time to approve and transfer the funds, so plan ahead and submit your request early.
  2. The Python Sprints project provides modest grants for groups to host sprints on Python-related projects.
  3. A special fund is set aside for porting open source projects to Python 3. All you need to do is apply for assistance, and Jesse Noller will even help you with your proposal! See the Grant Guidelines for more information.
  4. Other projects seeking assistance should also email the board (psf at with a detailed request.

Donating to the PSF

The Python Software Foundation accepts donations through the web or via check or wire transfer. For US taxpayers, contributions to the PSF are tax-deductible.