I hope this isn't an inappropriate place to put this... sorry if it is!
I found an opportunity to apply for $5k for "any open-source AI project." Here's the link: https://nat.org/aigrant-get-5-000-for-your-open-source-ai-project-1118dd7db083
I am sure that Ardupilot qualifies, so whoever goes after funding may want to consider this source. If it's not worth anyone's time, no problem at all. Just wanted to share.