Clojurists Together

Open Source


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.

Apply for funding

Application Requirements:


These questions are to get an understanding of your project and plans for the funding. We would expect most applications would be filled out in five minutes or less. We don't want you spending hours crafting the perfect application; you have enough work to do already.

N.B. Receiving other funding does not disqualify you from receiving Clojurists Together funding. However you cannot accept multiple streams of money for the same work, i.e. you cannot double bill the work you do in your day job on your OSS project as also going towards the work that you do in your Clojurists Together funding.

Example Application

What project are you applying for?

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?


Funding amounts

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:

Selecting Projects

  1. 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.
  2. Each committee member reviews the projects and weighs them against the criteria above.
  3. Each committee member ranks the projects in order of preference
  4. The winning projects are selected by Multi-Winner Ranked Choice Voting

We will then publish a list of all the projects that applied, along with the voting results. The voting results redact all but the top 5 projects.

Project Reports

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.

Getting paid

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: