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:

If you have any comments about the program, or questions that haven’t been answered after reading these pages, please contact us at grants@rustfoundation.org to let us know. We can then improve the information for everyone else.

Principles

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). The budget for Event Support grants is $15,000 per quarter ($45,000 in 2022). Applications are continually open until the allocated budget is exhausted.

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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. Applications are closed for 2022. The initial group of Rust Foundation Fellows will be announced in June 2022.

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Hardship Grants

Awards ranging from $500 to $1,500 made to active maintainers of the Rust Project facing financial hardship. The budget for Hardship Grants is $15,000 in 2022. Applications are continually open until the allocated budget is exhausted.

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Project Grants

Awards made to individuals, groups, and organizations for discrete pieces of work in the range of $1,000 to $20,000. The budget for Project Grants is $350,000 in 2022. There will be two application windows – one in April and one in October – awarding $175,000 in each. The April application window is now closed. The initial group of Project Grant awards will be announced in June 2022.

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Eligibility and selection process

Full details of eligibility for the different grants, and the selection processes and scoring criteria, can be found here.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions can be found here.

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