Community Grants Program Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

All grant applicants must be over the age of 18 by the date of the grant award.

All grant applicants must ensure that they are able to receive financial transfers from the USA. Details can be found here of the restrictions to such transactions.

Individuals whose past behavior(s) would have been in breach of the Rust Foundation Code of Conduct, which is an extension of the Rust Project Code of Conduct, will not be eligible for grant funding.

Applications to the Rust Foundation Fellowships and Project Grants can only be made in English, as successful applicants will need to engage with Project Teams and/or Working Groups for whom English is the primary language of technical communication. Applications for Event Grants can be made in Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Exclusion Criteria

Applicants who have no experience of Rust, or who are proposing work that is of trivial (or no) value to the Rust community, will be automatically rejected.

Applicants who attempt to lobby decision-makers involved in the grants selection process will be automatically rejected.

Applicants for Project Grants or Fellowships who are already paid to work on the Rust Project full-time will be automatically rejected (part-time is fine).

Prospective applicants for Fellowships or Project Grants who work for one of the Rust Foundation’s Member organizations should contact us at grants@rustfoundation.org prior to completing an application, in order for us to assess whether a grant award to them might represent a conflict of interest for the Foundation.

Rust Foundation staff, officers, and directors are not eligible to apply for any Rust Foundation grants. In addition, organizations that are Members of the Rust Foundation are not eligible to apply for Project Grants.

Rust Foundation Fellowships Selection Process

Scoring and Approval

Scoring will be carried out by the Rust Foundation staff team (as a single group) for a total possible score of 15. To ensure that we are only funding high-quality applicants, a minimum threshold score of 10 is required for an applicant to be considered for an award. Where necessary, the staff team will reach out to members of an advisory board for insight into specific applications (the advisory board will be appointed in April 2022 once we have a better understanding of the types of specialist advice we are likely to need, and details of the advisory board members will be published on the Rust Foundation website in May 2022).

Selections for funding will be based on:

The funding decisions made by the Foundation staff team will be presented to the Rust Foundation Board of Directors for approval in May 2022.

Selection Criteria — Full Fellows

Each application will be scored against three categories of criteria. Scores will be given in the range of 1-5 for each set, with the scores being aggregated for a total possible maximum score of 15.

Need, Diversity, and Engagement

We want our grants program to include and represent the diversity of our community, and we want to ensure that our financial resources are directed towards those most in need of them. We are also keen to reflect and support the increasingly globally diverse nature of the Rust Community by helping those community members in countries with lower levels of engagement in the Rust Community to take a more active role.

Is the applicant currently paid (either by an organization, or through personal sponsorship) to work on the Rust Project?

Will this application support global Rust engagement?

Is the applicant part of a group that is affected by systemic bias, particularly in technology?

We will not request details of how the applicant is affected by systemic bias, we will take their response on trust.

How active is the applicant in the Rust community?

Knowledge and Experience

What level of knowledge and experience does the applicant have of Rust?

Does the applicant have the skills and experience to deliver the work described in their application?

Work and Focus

The benefit of the work proposed by the applicant will be scored on a five-point scale:

Selection Criteria — Associate Fellows

The selection criteria for Associate Fellows will fall into the same three categories as Full Fellows, but some of the measures have been changed to reflect the difference between the level of prior experience expected of each.

Need, Diversity, and Engagement

Is the applicant currently paid (either by an organization, or through personal sponsorship) to work on the Rust Project?

Will this application support global Rust engagement?

Is the applicant part of a group that is affected by systemic bias, particularly in technology?

We will not request details of how the applicant is affected by systemic bias, we will take their response on trust.

Knowledge and Experience

What level of knowledge and experience does the applicant have of Rust?

Does the applicant have the ability and enthusiasm to become an effective contributor to the Rust Project?

Work and Focus

The benefit of the work proposed by the applicant will be scored on a five-point scale:

Project Grants Selection Process

Scoring and Approval

Scoring will be carried out by the Rust Foundation staff team (as a single group) for a total possible score of 15. To ensure that we are only funding high-quality applicants, a minimum threshold score of 10 is required for an applicant to be considered for an award. Where necessary, the staff team will reach out to members of an advisory board for insight into specific applications (the advisory board will be appointed in April 2022 once we have a better understanding of the types of specialist advice we are likely to need, and details of the advisory board members will be published on the Rust Foundation website in May 2022).

Selections for funding will be based on:

The funding decisions made by the Foundation staff team will be presented to the Rust Foundation Board of Directors for approval in May 2022.

Selection Criteria — Individuals and Teams

Need, Diversity, and Engagement

Is/are the applicant(s) currently paid (either by an organization, or through personal sponsorship) to work on the Rust Project?

Will this application support global Rust engagement?

Is the applicant/one of the applicants part of a group that is affected by systemic bias, particularly in technology?

We will not request details of how the applicant is affected by systemic bias, we will take their response on trust.

How active is the applicant in the Rust community?

Knowledge and Experience

What level of knowledge and experience does the applicant have of Rust?

Does the applicant have the skills and experience to deliver the work described in their application?

Work and Focus

The benefit of the work proposed by the applicant will be scored on a five-point scale:

Selection Criteria — Organizations

The selection criteria for organizational applicants are a little different to those for individuals/teams of individuals.

Value and Diversity

Are any of the people working on the project part of a group that is affected by systemic bias, particularly in technology?

We will not request details of how the applicant is affected by systemic bias, we will take their response on trust.

How active is the applicant in the Rust community?

Knowledge and Experience

What level of knowledge and experience does the organization have of Rust?

Does the applicant have the skills and experience to deliver the work described in their application?

Work and Focus

The benefit of the work proposed by the applicant will be scored on a five-point scale:

Value for Money

Event Support Grants Selection Process

Event Support Grant applications will be reviewed and selected by the Rust Foundation staff team. It is hoped that in the majority of cases the response will be positive. Event Support Grants will not be subject to the 15-point scoring system used for Project Grants and Fellowships. Instead, there will be a lighter-touch process, reflecting the relatively low amounts being awarded under this program. The staff team will make their decision based on:

We will aim to make a decision regarding an Event Support Grant within 10 working days of receiving an application.

Hardship Grants Selection Process

Hardship Grant applications will be reviewed and selected by the Rust Foundation staff team. By exception, we might reach out to Rust Foundation Directors or members of the Project Teams for their advice. But given the sensitive nature of the circumstances under which someone might apply for a Hardship Grant we are keen to keep details of any applications as private as possible. The decisions will be made based upon:

We will aim to make a decision regarding a Hardship Grant within 5 working days of receiving an application.