FAQs: When TF issues a grant, is there an amount reserved for support?
The grants generally are to build and support during the grant period itself, but we usually don’t break down the amount for one or the other, nor is there a contractual obligation after the grant period. We generally deal with the post-grant-period support in two ways: 1) a follow on grant is possible to continue development and support of a tool and 2) most tools are open source, so if it is successful, anyone can potentially continue development and support.
It is definitely the case that building a tool and getting it widely used is not the end of the lifecycle for a tool, and we are always looking to work with people who have built tools to keep them current and supported. At the same time, we don’t want to raise the bar to experimenting and building something so high as to deter people from starting in the first place. If someone isn’t supporting an open source tool they developed, perhaps because they are working on other things or just doesn’t want to support it anymore, TF would be willing to consider grant applications by third parties to support and maintain the tool.