I'm entering a software contest in which the winner will be awarded a sum of money. However, part of the qualifications for winning is that the winner can demonstrate the ability to be able to afford supporting their software independently for a reasonable amount of time.
What I would love to be able to do is promise the contest organizers that if they choose my solution, I would dedicate a fraction of the prize money to maintaining the software. Obviously, however, I'm afraid they won't believe me and that will hurt my chances. Could I set aside some money somewhere that they can have access to the balance and hold me to my promise? Or, is this a crazy idea and I just need to gain their trust in other ways?