PyCon Portugal 2022 offers grants so that those who might otherwise not be able to attend won't hesitate to participate. Some expenses for the conference attendance (which could include travel, hotel, registration, etc) will be covered for opportunity grant recipients.
We actively encourage you to apply for an opportunity grant. While we wish we could give grants to everyone who applies, we do not have the funds to do that. Our goal is to maximize the impact our grant program has, within the limited funds we have.
We try to do this in a number of ways:
Conferences are a meeting place for developers from all around the globe. Therefore, the selection process is designed to benefit people that we believe will make a difference, particularly speakers and tutorial presenters.
Additionally, the selection process attempts to promote a more diverse PyCon Portugal. While encouraging diversity takes many forms, we're happy to use the opportunity grant program as a very direct method of supporting diversity within the Python community. In particular, our grant program prioritizes those who belong to under-represented or marginalized groups in our industry, as attending our event is likely to be more difficult and financially onerous for them.
When prioritizing grant applications, we try to get a feel for how much impact this grant will have on the applicant and the wider community and country, compared to others. In this, we consider things like involvement in a local community, social impact of the applicant's activities, and how accessible other conferences are to them.
Our program prioritises anyone who is part of an under-represented or marginalized group. They include, but are not limited to:
women and other gender minorities of all expressions and identities; e.g. trans, agender and non-binary people
people of colour
sexuality minorities, including asexual people
people with disabilities, whether visible and invisible
people with chronic illnesses or diseases
religious and ethnic minorities
age minorities (under ~21, over ~60)
people experiencing poverty
homeless and home/food-insecure people
caregivers of children or other dependents
people who have experienced trauma and its aftermath (PTSD, anxiety, etc)
people living with or recovering from substance abuse
The closing date for grant applications was July 30th, 23:59 UTC. We aim to inform you of the results within a few days after closing the application window. Note that if you need a grant, you must apply before the deadline. Moreover, speakers are automatically entitled to a ticket.
Lastly, we know that some of you reading this will doubt whether it's right and proper for you to apply for a grant. That's why we want to stress:
Have you already attended a conference in the past? That's OK.
Already received a grant in the past? Still OK.
Don't have much experience with Python? That's OK, too.
Don't want to take money away from someone else? Really, it's OK, everyone says that!
Don't feel like you deserve this? That's also OK: you do.
With our limited funds, we can't promise you will receive a grant, but if you're not sure, we encourage you to apply. If you're uncomfortable with other people knowing you received a grant, you don't have to tell them - our policy is to never publicly identify grant applicants or recipients without their explicit permission.