Financial Aid




About the financial assistance programme

We are delighted you are interested in attending PyCon Africa 2024, which will be held on 24th - 28th September in Accra, Ghana. As part of our commitment to fostering an inclusive community, we recognize that some individuals may need financial assistance to make conference participation possible.

Grant Availability and Coverage:

Due to budget limitations, we can only support a small number of attendees with financial aid grants. These grants will be awarded based on financial need and responses provided in the application form. Please note that approved grants may only cover certain expenses (e.g. conference ticket but not accommodation). Any expenses not covered by your specific grant would remain your responsibility.

Application Details:

Please complete the form to provide details on your financial needs and circumstances. This information is essential for the grants review committee to evaluate applicants and make fair and informed decisions on grant recipients.

We welcome your open and honest responses, even for basic needs. Our goal is to make the conference accessible to as many Python enthusiasts as possible.

Your application will be treated in complete confidence.

Who Will Receive Financial Assistance?

We'd love to be able to help all those who submit applications, but our funds are not unlimited, so sadly we won't be able to meet all requests.

The financial assistance programme will prioritise:
* Speakers
* Those who will contribute back to their local communities
* Those who will help increase diversity at the event and in African programming

We will do our best to maximise the impact of our financial assistance funding.

How to Apply

Please complete our form before the deadline: July 19, 2024 (anywhere in the world). We will not accept applications after this date.

Read the questions on the form carefully and answer them as best you can.

What Can I Request?

You can request a free ticket only, or a grant as well as a free ticket. Anyone who is allocated a grant will automatically receive a free ticket.

How Much Should I Request?

Our budget is limited, and we will have to make some hard decisions. Generally, it is easier for us to accept smaller requests, as a single large request could consume most of our budget. The lower your request, the more likely it is that we will be able to accept it.

You need to consider:
* How much you will need to spend in total in order to attend the conference
* How much of this you can contribute yourself

The difference between these two figures is the amount you should request.

How Should I Calculate How Much I Should Request?

You will need to budget for:
* Travel
* Visa, if necessary
* Accommodation
* Subsistence (evening meals, local transport, etc.) while in Accra

Travel

Spend a little time researching your options. If you will need to travel by air, use websites such as Skyscanner or Hipmunk to estimate the cost of airfare. Be aware that a little flexibility with dates or routes can make a huge difference to the price of an air ticket.

Accommodation

There are many websites that will allow you to estimate the cost of accommodation, such as Hotels.com or Hostels World. If you know someone else who is also travelling, you can share a room to lower costs. If you are willing to share a room, let us know in your application.

Be reasonable - we want you to stay somewhere clean, safe, and comfortable, but we cannot afford to place you in a luxury hotel!

Subsistence

You will have lunch and refreshments each day as part of the conference. In Accra, you can get a decent evening meal for about US$5. Local transport by minibus or taxi is also very inexpensive.

Timeline

  • May 27, 2024: Financial aid application opens
  • July 19, 2024: Financial aid application closes
  • July 29, 2024: Financial aid grants awarded
  • August 16, 2024: Deadline to respond to accept/decline financial aid
  • September 24-28, 2024: Disbursement sessions at PyCon Africa

When Will I Receive the Funds?

Funds will be provided to successful applicants on attendance at the conference.

Unfortunately, applicants for financial assistance who have received funds prior and have failed to attend have damaged previous PyCons. Our financial situation cannot withstand this kind of abuse.

In exceptional circumstances, we may be able to provide funds in advance to those who would otherwise find it impossible to attend. Please contact us as soon as possible if this is the case.



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