The Association for Software Testing recently announced a 2012 Grant Program designed to advance the cause of testing at local user groups and events.

Want to invite a speaker on testing to your local user group – and get some help with providing travel expenses? There’s a program for that. What to run a peer workshop but need help with expenses? There’s a program for that too.

Maybe you’d just like to ask AST to provide some promotional support and reimburse the cost of drinks and appetizers? You guessed it. AST can do that too.

The program is effective for 2012, but you can apply right now if you have something in mind.

Merry Christmas, everybody — let’s make it a great year.