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.