In addition to its focus on research and long-term projects, the Tezos Foundation will deploy a new ecosystem grants fund with more immediate priorities, to be administered by TQ. In this post, we briefly outline how the new program will work, what to expect, and the timeline for submissions.
We will provide more extensive details about the program on March 1st, when the first RFP period opens.
What’s the goal of the new program?
The ecosystem grants program will fund a wide range of projects, startups, and entrepreneurs. It introduces a structured grant-making process with concrete timelines and advances short and medium-term proposals more quickly.
The overall goal is to provide greater clarity for the community in terms of priorities and expectations, and more hands-on support for prospective grantees throughout the entire process.
How will the new ecosystem grants fund work?
The ecosystem grant fund is designed to directly respond to key short and medium-term priorities we have identified for the Tezos ecosystem. To accomplish these goals, the fund will make a greater number of targeted ecosystem grants in the range of $1,000 to $50,000 by requesting proposals competitively on a quarterly basis.
Our first request for proposals (RFP) will open on March 1st after which we will accept submissions for three weeks. While specific details will be made available in the RFP, our preliminary areas of focus will be in the following categories:
- Developer tools for Tezos smart contracts
- Deployable smart contracts that have been tested and/or formally verified
- Tezos integrations or porting of major dApps and key infrastructure (e.g. layer-2, state/payment channels, popular smart contracts, etc.)
- Developer education (tutorials, explainers, training programs, data visualizations, etc.)
We look forward to seeing proposals from the Tezos community in each category! Stay tuned…