seems like a trivial amount – why doesn’t the PSF pay for half if not all of that??
Because no one has written a grant application to get the money. I’m also not sure that the PSF hands out grants that big for code development efforts.
Biggest grant I can find by the PSF is 10k https://www.python.org/psf/records/board/resolutions/
I don’t imagine them really wanting to give people a reason to change the defacto standard python away from one they control.
The PSF doesn’t control CPython, and doesn’t care which Python you use, as long as you use Python :-)
(Source: Former PSF board member)
I stand corrected, thanks!