[OSGeo-Discuss] [Fwd: Re: [NOSI discussion] money for OSS]
nedh at lightlink.com
Wed Jun 7 06:44:38 PDT 2006
I'm looking into this solicitation for my lab but am still pretty much at
the brainstorming stage and waiting to hear from our Grant and Fellowships
Dept. to see if they will give us the go-ahead. If the Museum goes after
this we'll focus on a conservation application collaborating with two or
more OSGeo projects but we would need to define our specific project and
select our partners. The Museum has received significant Mellon grants in
the past since Mellon is one of the foundations that support museum
It may be difficult for OSGeo to pitch something as a foundation but it's
definitely worth investigating that option and I would strongly encourage
it. If folks (the board?) can put together a short (1-2 page) prospectus
outlining a project I expect Mellon would give a quick indication if they
would consider such a proposal. That step should be taken soon. Careful
consideration would have to be given when defining the "project" but it's
not outside of the realm of possibility for Mellon to help support the
development of OSGeo.
All the best,
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tyler Mitchell [mailto:tjm at timberline.ca]
> Sent: Tuesday, June 06, 2006 8:01 PM
> To: discuss at mail.osgeo.org
> Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Fwd: Re: [NOSI discussion] money for OSS]
> Anyone already familiar with the group mentioned below?
> "Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced a Call for Nominations for
> the 2006 Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration"
> Something to aim for?
> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Re: [NOSI discussion] money for OSS
> Date: Sun, 4 Jun 2006 08:05:51 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Reuben Silvers <reubensilvers at yahoo.com>
> To: nosi-discussion at nosi.net
> Its great to see the foundation world start to encourage FLOSS
> explicitly, and back it up with real $.
> This grant is somewhat limited to software that benefits Mellon's
> traditional constituencies:
> ... "higher education, with a special emphasis on the arts and
> humanities; libraries and scholarly communications; performing arts;
> conservation and the environment; or museums and art conservation."
> Hopefully this is a success for them and other foundations copy the
> --- Adam Bernstein <adam at amberbug.org> wrote:
> > Dunno if everyone else already knows about this, but it looks great
> > --
> > $25-$100K awards!
> > ab
> > 14) Mellon Foundation Announces Awards for Open Source Software
> > Deadline: August 15, 2006
> > The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced a Call for
> > Nominations for the 2006 Mellon Awards for Technology
> > Collaboration. These awards, to be bestowed for the first time
> > at an international technology conference in the fall of 2006,
> > will recognize notprofit organizations that have demonstrated
> > exceptional leadership in the collaborative development of open-
> > source software through the contribution of substantial, self-
> > funded organizational resources to the open-source project for
> > which they are nominated.
> > MATC awards will be made at two levels -- $25,000 and $100,000
> > -- for significant contributions to collaborative, open-source
> > software development that serves one of the foundation's
> > traditional constituencies. The level of the award will depend
> > on the scale and significance of the nominated project.
> > Any U.S. or foreign organization that meets the foundation's
> > legal criteria for receiving grants and its strict standards for
> > excellence is eligible for consideration. The board of trustees
> > of the Mellon Foundation has authorized multiple awards at each
> > level.
> > Visit the Mellon Foundation Web site for the complete Call for
> > Nominations.
> > RFP Link: http://fconline.fdncenter.org/pnd/10002728/mellon
> > For additional RFPs in Science/Technology, visit:
> > http://fconline.fdncenter.org/pnd/10002729/science
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