Travel Assistance Program

As the name suggests the Community Summit only works because of the participation of our amazing community members. But not everyone in our community has the financial support of their employer or the money to pay their own way. Without them we’d be losing out on input from people who are necessary to the conversations we will have at our upcoming event.

With that in mind we are happy to announce a travel assistance program for the 2017 WordPress Community Summit, which will take place on Tuesday-Wednesday, 13-14 June, before WordCamp Europe in Paris, France. Travel assistance will make it possible for more WordPress contributors to attend this event. This assistance may cover all or part of travel and/or lodging, based on need.

There are no specific requirements to apply for travel assistance — we won’t ask to see your tax returns — but we do have some goals in mind as we introduce the program.

Important note: Before you apply, please determine if you fall within one of the following categories.

  • Contributors selected based on the list recommended by the wp.org team reps: https://make.wordpress.org/summit/2017/01/26/community-summit-2017/
  • Non-active contributors that applied over Sign-Up form and finally selected by the Community Summit organizing team.
    https://make.wordpress.org/summit/2017/02/20/community-summit-2017-sign-up-request/

Our travel assistance team will be looking for applicants passionate about WordPress who would not be able to attend the event without financial assistance.

Please indicate in the application the level of financial assistance you need, keeping in mind that we strive to accommodate the maximum number of applicants that our budget will allow. In other words, please only apply if you really can’t afford the trip and your company will not pay for you to attend and ask only for the amount you need to fund your attendance.

Application deadline is April 14th, 2017

Things to consider before applying:

  • Please evaluate if you will really be able to attend the event.
    If you decide you can’t attend after receiving a travel assistance award (travel/hotel), you will not be eligible for a WordPress event assistance in the future. We understand that situations may come up last minute, but please be considerate of other applicants and consider family and job obligations before applying.
  • It is your responsibility to research the visa requirements for your country.
    Please research obtaining a visa for your country prior to submitting your application and let us know the anticipated wait time to hear back about a visa. The WordPress Foundation can provide an Invitation Letter if necessary, whether you are applying for a travel assistance or not.
  • You must have a current passport with an expiration date no earlier than 3 months after the conference to apply.
Apply here for the travel assistance program and if you’ve been selected, we’ll be back to you before April 24th.

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