May 19, 2020

Calling all developers! Do you have a project you’d like to work on that would improve FreeBSD?

The FreeBSD Foundation is still soliciting the submission of proposals for work that directly benefits any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system.

As you may know, the FreeBSD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and building the FreeBSD Project worldwide.  One way we provide this support is by funding software development, including work performed by the Foundation’s permanent staff, and by providing development grants.

Request Focus

Proposals will be accepted for work on any of the subsystems or infrastructure in FreeBSD, although the Foundation is particularly interested in receiving project grant proposals in a few key areas:

  • Installation and deployment tooling, including pkgbase
  • Containerization improvements, such as jail orchestration or Docker compatibility
  • Improving the security of FreeBSD and of applications running on FreeBSD
  • Development tooling, such as debuggers, fuzzers, static analysis tools
  • Establishes FreeBSD as a leader in projects with multiple operating system support, for example ZFS, LLVM, or libarchive
  • Developing improvements to ports infrastructure and tooling

Please note: Proposals should be for work that you would commit to doing now, not just ideas for something that might be great to have in FreeBSD. 


Grants are open to all developers, including those who are not currently FreeBSD committers. However, developers without access to commit to the source tree must provide details about the completion of their project. The proposal must identify what is to be done and why it is important to the FreeBSD community. Proposals will be evaluated on desirability, technical merit, and cost-effectiveness.

Please see the project proposal submission document for full details.