New Grant Program to support the Celo Community

Xochitl Cazador
Dec 16, 2019 · 3 min read

Developers, Designers, Dreamers, and Doers committed to building an open financial system can now apply for the Celo grants program.

The Celo Foundation, launching early next year, will be dedicated to supporting an open financial system that creates prosperity for all. Only by working together can we help the world prosper. It is the community that will build, grow, and support the Celo ecosystem. The Celo Foundation grants program will support projects that are committed to its mission. The Foundation expects these grants to accelerate technical development and expand the Celo ecosystem while providing entrepreneurs access to capital and mentorship.

Eligibility

Both startups and individual developers are eligible to apply now for a Celo Foundation grant.

Grant Categories

Through user research, Celo has been shaped and co-created with many communities around the world, resulting in technology that supports an open financial system. In addition to the technical building blocks of Celo, the Celo community has identified several use cases that will help provide conditions of prosperity for all.

Contribute to Celo Protocol

Building blocks and tools to scale Celo.

Strengthen the Protocol

  • Validator Tools
  • Governance Tools
  • Stability Protocol
  • Additional on-chain attestations
  • Networking low connectivity access
  • SDK in multiple programming languages

Build on Celo

Smart Contracts, decentralized applications, and tools to provide financial products and services in the Celo ecosystem.

Facilitate Usage & Access

  • On / Off Ramps
  • Integrate cUSD/cGLD to wallet applications
  • Earning programs

Payment Use Cases

  • Point of Sale
  • Inventory
  • Invoicing
  • Conditional Cash Transfers
  • Shared Wallet with permissions

New Use Cases using infrastructure

  • Pensions
  • Wages / Salaries
  • Savings / Interest
  • Credit Score / Reputation
  • Rewards

Educate Celo Community

Supporting organizations that educate and nurture the Celo community.

  • Documentation
  • Translation
  • Training

Have an idea not listed above?

If you’re passionate about building an open financial system, would like to work on Celo, and have an idea not listed above — we encourage you to submit your proposal.

Evaluation Framework

Subject to Terms and Conditions, applications will initially be evaluated as follows:

Review and Approval

Applications will be evaluated based on alignment with the Celo mission and measures including:

  • Mission Alignment
  • Market Opportunity
  • Usability & Scalability
  • Team Expertise

If approved, Applications will be informed. Any grant is contingent upon diligence review and final documentation which will include certain milestones and other provisions and conditions of the grant.

Deadline & Application Form

Please submit your application by December 31st. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

Please note, Terms and Conditions will apply. And by submitting an application, you agree to the Privacy Policy.

Other ways to contribute to Celo

As a decentralized platform, anyone can contribute to the codebase and help educate the broader community. In an effort to accelerate the development, a set of funding initiatives will be launched to encourage the community to participate and make Celo their own. Stay tuned for more!

Thank you for your interest and support! Please email any questions to alliance@celo.org

The Celo Blog

Celo is an open platform that makes financial tools accessible to anyone with a mobile phone. Visit celo.org for info on the community, contributors, and technology.

Xochitl Cazador

Written by

Strategy + Operations executive passionate about Social Impact and Blockchain @StanfordGSB @Celo @she256

The Celo Blog

Celo is an open platform that makes financial tools accessible to anyone with a mobile phone. Visit celo.org for info on the community, contributors, and technology.

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