Do you know about the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program?
If you click on the previous link, you'll get all the details. In short, it's a popular programming competition (of about 3 months) opened to students where Google support them to contribute into some open source projects. Both students and mentors (someone of you that will follow the development) are paid. This is one of the greatest opportunity to improve the development of an open source project. I've never seen a project related to the gaming world in this competition, so maybe you could be the first!
Unfortunately, the program has already started, so I think it's too late to make your proposal. Btw, please think about it for the next year