Financial Assistance

About the financial assistance programme

Our financial assistance programme exists to support attendees who would otherwise find it difficult to attend the conference.

We have a budget set aside for this purpose.

Financial assistance can include free or discounted tickets, as well as funds to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and other expenses.

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 whom we feel 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: 8th September, 2022 (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:

  • o how much you will need to spend in total in order to attend the conference
  • o 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:

  • o travel
  • o visa, if necessary
  • o accommodation
  • o 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 accomodation, 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

  • August 15th 2022: Financial aid application opens
  • September 8th 2022: Financial aid application close
  • September 14th 2022: Financial aid grants awarded
  • September 23rd 2022: Deadline to respond to accept / decline financial aid
  • October 14th - 15th 2022: Disbursement sessions at PyCon Ghana


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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