[EuroPython] "Pro rata" ?

svakSha svaksha at gmail.com
Thu May 15 15:45:10 CEST 2014

On Thu, May 15, 2014 at 6:28 PM, Andreas Jung <ep at zopyx.com> wrote:
> Hi Svaksha,
> See
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_rata
> It basically means that the financial aid committee has the freedom
> to decide how much financial support can be given for travel and
> housing depending on the application, level of volunteering and so on.
> Since the budget for financial assistance is not infinite the committee
> has to make decisions in order to spread money in a reasonable way the
> across elegible applicats. The decision for the final round will be made
> after the deadline  which ends tonight.

Thanks for the reply Andreas. I agree with your observation that
budgets are always limited. Basically, I'm trying to understand how FA
is disbursed because in the past, I've never quite managed to bridge
the (huge) gap between the grant and the actual amount required for
travel costs, accommodation costs, etc..

To explain, for example, Pycon grants are fixed amounts distributed
between travel, ticket, hotel, tutorial, conf, etc.. This break-up
means I cannot find a sponsor for travel and use that grant amount to
offset the accommodation costs.  So, four years in a row, I have had
to return the FA received from Pycon (USA) at the last minute, as its
harder to find sponsors for multiple things as opposed to requesting
they fund either "travel" or "hotel" for 'N' amount. This means I
increase the work for the volunteer who will then have to re-allocate
the grant amount or worse, I blocked someone else who could have
attended easily in that grant amount.

This was the information I was looking for as pro rata seemed similar
to the above and I wanted to avoid giving extra work to everyone
involved. Hope that explains.
Thanks,- SVAKSHA  ॥  http://about.me/svaksha

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