Every three months, Clojurists Together takes applications from open source developers for funding to work on open source projects. The Clojurists Together committee then evaluates the proposals, makes their selection, and then funds projects with a fellowship for the next three months. You can apply at any time for the next funding cycle, and you can make multiple applications for different projects.
- You are a maintainer of the project, i.e. you have commit access to the project, or the others that work on the project recognise you as a maintainer.
- Project is open source, with a recognised open source license
- Project benefits the Clojure/ClojureScript community
These questions are to get an understanding of your project and plans for the funding. We would expect most application would be filled out within five minutes. We don’t want you spending hours crafting the perfect application; you have enough work to do already.
- What project are you applying for?
- Who is applying? How are you related to the project?
- What are you wanting to achieve with the funding?
- Why is this project important to the Clojure community?
- Do you receive any other funding to work on this project? N.B. Receiving other funding does not disqualify you from receiving Clojurists Together funding. Funding sources might be:
- Explicit funding through things like Patreon or Gratipay
- Implicit funding by an employer allowing or requesting for you to work on this open source project
- A commercial business model alongside the open source project.
What project are you applying for?
REPLicator - github.com/roy-batty/replicator
Who is applying? How are you related to the project?
Roy Batty, project creator
What are you wanting to achieve with this funding?
REPLicator can currently share REPLs between different terminals on a single computer. I would like to extend REPLicator to allow people to share REPLs across the internet with other developers. This is a common feature request from users.
Why is this project important to the Clojure community?
REPLicator has been around for several years and is used by many developers. The most recent release has had 5,000 downloads on Clojars in the last six months.
Do you receive any other funding to work on this project?
Successful projects are awarded a fellowship for three months. The number of projects funded in each cycle and the amount paid for each fellowship will vary depending on member support, and project requirements. Successful projects will know in advance of starting how much they will be paid. As Clojurists Together funds more projects and gets more experience, we will be able to give a clearer answer. For the first funding cycle, two projects were funded and each received $1800 USD/mo for three months.
The Clojurists Together committee evaluates projects based on the following criteria:
- Project needs - What is the project wanting to do with the money? A clear plan for the money’s usage is more compelling than ‘Bugfixes and improvements’.
- Community usage - An open source project that has 10,000 users is more likely to be funded than one with 10.
- Current funding - Clojurists Together wants to fund open source projects that are important to the ecosystem, and may be underfunded. If you’re making seven figures/year from your project then it may not make the cut.
- Member comments - Each funding cycle, we solicit comments and preferences from members on what they see as priorities. Comments from higher tier members get more weight.
- Track record of the person applying - Are they established in the community, have they got a history of contributing to the community? This doesn’t mean you need five years of contributions before you’re considered, but if you have one week of history then it may weigh against you.
- In every funding cycle, we look at the funds that we have available, and decide how many projects we will be able to fund for that cycle.
- Each committee member reviews the projects and weighs them against the criteria above.
- Each committee member ranks the projects in order of preference
- The winning projects are selected by Multi-Winner Ranked Choice Voting
Successful projects are required to submit two project reports each month during the three month cycle. This is used to show backers the impact that their money is having. These don’t need to be long or detailed (although writing additional blog posts about your work is encouraged), for example, a list of GitHub issues and a brief comment for each would be sufficient.
If your project is selected, we will contact you to arrange a contract between you and Software Freedom Conservancy based on your proposal. This contract will include the amount to be paid, and the work intended to be done. We can fund maintainers anywhere in the world, barring exceptional circumstances like US sanctions. You will need to check with your accountant, but this contract is probably going to be similar to a freelancing contract that you might take, i.e. you will need to pay taxes on it.
Clojurists Together operates on a three month funding cycle, with four cycles per year. Feb-Apr, May-Jul, Aug-Oct, Nov-Jan. Project applications for the next funding cycle close one month before the cycle starts.
Project applications may be submitted at any time. They are evaluated quarterly.
An example timeline for the February-April funding cycle:
- Anytime: submit an application
- January 20: Applications for February-April funding cycle close
- January 27: Funding decisions are returned
- February 1: February-April funding cycle begins
- February 15: Projects submit first project report
- February 30: Payment for first month of work is made to projects. Projects submit second project report
- March 15: Projects submit third project report
- March 30: Payment for second month of work is made to projects. Projects submit fourth project report
- April 15: Projects submit forth project report
- April 30: Final payment for third month of work is made to projects. Projects submit final project report