Drupal Association members fund grants that make connections all over the world.
Right now, the only display type options for attributes are "text field", "select box", and "radio buttons". Adding "text area (multiple rows)" is a very simple task—simply adding another option to the _uc_attribute_display_types() function and fixing a few references in the attributes module where it references the type index. I am submitting a patch which adds textarea support, and I've tested it on the 6.x-2.0-rc3 version. Works great.