Community Grants Program

The Rust Foundation has a budget of $625,000 (generously donated by AWS, Huawei, and Google) to run a grants program for the Rust community in 2022. These grants will be complementing the existing ecosystem of funding for the Rust community, not replacing it.

The objectives of the program are:

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The design and implementation of the grants program has been guided by the following principles:

Overview of the Program

There are four separate strands to the Rust Foundation Community Grants program:

Event Support Grants

Awards ranging from $100 to $500 made to support events (both physical and virtual).

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Rust Foundation Fellowships

Awards made to up to 20 individuals, providing a stipend of $1,000 per month plus a travel and training budget. The initial group of Rust Foundation Fellows was announced in June 2022. The Rust Foundation is currently fundraising for the 2023 Fellowship Program.

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Hardship Grants

Awards ranging from $500 to $1,500 made to active maintainers of the Rust Project facing financial hardship.

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Project Grants

Awards made to individuals and groups for discrete pieces of work in the range of $2,500 to $15,000. Applications are now closed for 2022 and the Rust Foundation is currently fundraising to continue the program in 2023.

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Eligibility and selection process

Information about eligibility and selection processes for the currently-open grants can be found here.


Frequently asked questions can be found here.


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