new blog post: Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant
authorStefano Zacchiroli <zack@upsilon.cc>
Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:07:07 +0000 (11:07 +0100)
committerStefano Zacchiroli <zack@upsilon.cc>
Fri, 5 Dec 2014 15:55:38 +0000 (16:55 +0100)
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+# Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant
+
+I'm glad to announce that I've been awarded a 5,000 USD "Flash Grant" by the
+[Shuttleworth Foundation](https://www.shuttleworthfoundation.org/).
+
+Flash grants are an interesting funding model, which I've just learned about.
+You don't need to apply for them. Rather, you get nominated by current
+[fellows](https://www.shuttleworthfoundation.org/fellows/), and then selected
+and approached by the foundation for funding. The grant amount is smaller than
+actual [fellowships](https://www.shuttleworthfoundation.org/applications/), but
+it comes with very few strings attached: furthering open knowledge (which is
+the foundation's [core mission](https://www.shuttleworthfoundation.org/about/))
+and being transparent about how you use the money.
+
+I'm lucky enough to already have a full-time job to pay my bills, and I do my
+Free Software activism mostly in my spare time. So I plan to use the money not
+to pay my bills, but rather to boost the parts of my Free Software activities
+that could benefit from some funding. I don't have a fully detailed budget yet
+but, tentatively: some money will go to fund
+[Debsources](http://sources.debian.net) development (by others), some into
+promoting my
+[thoughts on the dark ages of Free Software](http://meetings-archive.debian.net/pub/debian-meetings/2014/debconf14/webm/Debian_in_the_Dark_Ages_of_Free_Software.webm),
+and maybe some into helping the upcoming
+[release](https://www.debian.org/releases/jessie/) of Debian. I'll provide a
+public report at the end of the funding period (~6 months from now).
+
+I'd like to thank the Shuttleworth Foundation for the grant and foundation's
+fellow [Jonas Öberg](http://jonasoberg.net/) for making this possible.
+
+[[!tag lang/english planet-debian debian shuttleworth]]