Project Funding WG

The Project Funding Working Group was approved by the PSF Board on 11 June 2020.

Purpose & Common Goals

This Working Group researches, and advises Python community volunteers on applying for external grants and similar funding to advance the mission of the PSF, which includes, but is not limited to, things such as advancing the Python core, Python-related infrastructure, key Python projects, and Python education and awareness.

The Working Group:


The short-term goal of this working group is to organize resources and knowledge about common funding mechanisms within the community. As the working group gains these skills, there may be a time in the future where we request PSF funding for work on grantwriting and project management of grants. We expect this activity to generate additive revenue for the PSF in the form of admin fees, and to increase the sustainability of the PSF and the larger Python ecosystem through increased funding.

Active Time

This working group will exist indefinitely (at the pleasure of the PSF Board) and does not have a predetermined end date.

Rules & Guidelines

Decision Making Procedures

Decisions on what fundraising and projects/efforts to support, and whether to engage paid grantwriting or project management services, will be done using the voting procedures outlined below. Anyone may propose or request funding for a specific project/effort to be considered by the WG, or suggest the WG consider a particular source of funding, by contacting the publicly available email address.The WG will prioritize researching and applying to funding sources that:

The WG will prioritize finding funding for projects or initiatives that:

When adding new members to the working group, prospective members must send an email to the publicly available email address introducing themselves along with a description of why they want to be a member and what they bring to the process. Approval of new members will be decided using the voting procedures detailed below:


A vote for any proposal will last for 5 days, or when all voting members have voted, whichever comes first. For a proposal to be successful it must have at least two +1's, more +1's than -0's, and no -1. Voting should generally be done using the mailing list, but may be done in any venue given agreement of all voting members.

Interaction with other Working Groups

The Project Funding Working Group will gather resources and provide advice to make each of our other WGs more successful in their grantwriting, recruiting, and project management. If volunteers are interested in applying for a particular funded project under the PSF's auspices, but no other Working Group is available and interested in applying for and executing it, the Project Funding Working Group will consider being the institutional home for that project (submitting applications, making hiring decisions, disbursing money, and reporting to funders and stakeholders).

The Project Funding WG will make a best effort to keep track of other WGs' grant proposals and funding initiatives, to avoid accidental duplication or missed opportunities.

Communication Plan

Every alternate month (six times per year), the chair will schedule and lead a meeting or discussion thread for the working group to review funding opportunities and decide which to pursue.We'll communicate internally as necessary using:

For public-facing communication:

List of Participants/Who we are

Chairs: Eric Holscher & Jacqueline Kazil


Support Requirements

What resources will you need from the PSF in order to have a functional and effective workgroup?

Core Values & Internal Governance

The core values for this group are:

The workgroup adopts the PSF Code of Conduct. Any actions (found by a majority of the WG) made against the principles in the Code of Conduct will result in the acting person being removed from the WG.

ProjectFundingWG/Charter (last edited 2021-06-24 20:30:08 by EricHolscher)

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