Drupal Association members fund grants that make connections all over the world.
For installation, see the Quickstart project page
Quickstart is a pre-made downloadable development environment for Drupal.
It provides "state-of-the-art" development and testing tools, without requiring users to:
1) Hack up their personal computer.
2) Spend time learning how to hack up their personal computer.
If you find this documentation useful, please drop me a note so I know to continue to improve it.