Stipend request process
It is our great pleasure to announce that we have just opened our stipend program. The goal of it is to fund open source development, trainings, workshops and other initiatives that will help increase and expand the Beam community. These stipends are funded by our sponsors, membership fees and donations.
The current focus of the foundation is on increasing and expanding the community so we will favour stipends that are targeted to beneficiaries that are new to Erlang/Elixir and the ecosystem. We prefer stipends that support online workshops, online training materials, hands-on trainings, development work (open source) and diversity efforts. On non-beam focused events where there is a clear Beam language component of the event, the stipend will only support the Beam language component of the event. The EEF will consider supporting a hackathon if the event has hands-on Beam languages education for a minimum of 6 hours. We will not fund prizes for hackathons or swag.
We recommend that you submit stipend proposals via our form at least 12 weeks prior to the event. Proposals should be concise and have a clear objective. We encourage those applying for funding to try and get sponsorship from corporations or local sponsors as we want to encourage sustainable, long term relationships with them. The EEF could limit the number of events per organizer and/or city that are stipended within a given year.
The maximum conference stipend size is typically around 10 USD per attendee. We prefer to help new events get established in their community and we encourage them to apply for different funding local options as well. Bigger conferences might be assigned a lower amount per attendee. Educational programs run within the conference should request a separate budget.
Our maximum educational program stipend size is typically USD 25 per student, provided the students each receive at least 6 hours of BEAM languages instruction as part of it, however we are open to review this amount on a case by case basis. Please note that subsequent requests for workshops in the same area may be funded at a lower rate to encourage sustainable, long-term relationships with local sponsors.
When submitting your workshop stipend request, it helps us to see a brief budget as this example:
|Items||Unit Cost||Quantity||Total Cost|
|Lunch and drinks||9||50||450|
There is no maximum, however bear in mind that the foundation has a limited budget and we reserve the right of giving a stipend smaller than requested, let us know if this is a problem for you.