How to Write a Proposal

Send proposals to Plain-text is best, following this format:


  Where can we contact you?

Project Title

  A short description.

Benefits to the Perl Community

  Quantifiable results e.g. "Improve X modules in ways Y and Z",
  "Write 3 articles for X website".

Project Details
  A more detailed description.

Project Schedule
  How long will the project take? When can you begin work?

  Who are you? What makes you the best person to work on this project?

Amount Requested

If you aren't the primary maintainer of the project you want funding for, show that you have approval from the primary maintainer.

We'll be marking proposal status on each submission, so if you have several proposals, or several semi-independent segments of a proposal it's generally best to split them into different messages.

To make sure we don't keep reviewing the same proposals long after the proposer has gone on to other projects, we'll automatically mark a proposal as expired after it's been reviewed in two quarterly grant cycles (so, about 6 months). You can always resubmit an updated proposal.

All applicants will be notified of the success or otherwise of their proposal. For queries, more information or assistance with preparing proposals, please contact

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