DEVgrants: Here to Help | Ethereum Foundation Blog

Few would dispute the fact that Ethereum has one of the most diverse and thoughtful communities ever assembled around an open source project. Driven by what can only be described as fierce determination, developers from all walks of life have risked their time and credibility to pioneer this radical and little-known area of ​​innovation. In fact, even before its inception, Ethereum already boasts hundreds of projects covering everything from self-stabilizing currencies to potential replacements for government services. Today, we are launching a new program to support and thank those who continue this journey with us.

Introducing ÐΞVgrant.

ÐΞVgrants is a program that provides funding for contributions to both the Ethereum platform and projects based on Ethereum. Its three goals are:

  • To provide developers interested in contributing to the Ethereum ecosystem the opportunity to commit significant time to completing their projects.

  • Although not the main focus of ΞTHDEV, extending the codebase with useful components that are of great value to Ethereum users in general.

  • To extend our work to other communities and the general public.

ÐΞVgrants are dedicated to boosting efforts already underway. This means that if you haven’t started on your project yet, you should do so before you apply.

ΞTHDEV is not biased against applications from companies or developers seeking to benefit from the results of projects funded by ΞTHDEV; Please note that it should not be considered a platform.Only applicants creating open source public goods for the public goodI will consider it.

What is not ÐΞVgrants?

  • it is do not have Venture capital program. We do not “invest” or “subsidize” projects that are not yet in development.
  • it is do not have bounty program. We do not attempt to pre-explain specific goals or ascribe value to those goals.
  • it is do not have – App Seed Funding Program. At this point in the development process, most ÐApps’ scores are near the critical low point of the development process.

To qualify, you must:

  • Already working on a project.
  • Reasonably, it should provide value to key components of the Ethereum core software, its development process, or key parts of the ecosystem (common services, APIs, ABIs).

Grants may be used to realize or maximize the value of individual contributions. example:

  • Payment for professional services or equipment.
  • Payment of expenses incurred as part of collaborative workflows.
  • A payment to help project members with their living expenses (usually when they are away from work).

Application process.

Parties interested in receiving funds should contact the ÐΞVgrants Administrator (grant@ethereum.org), a proposal outlining the work to be performed, a project plan detailing the schedule and estimated work hours, and a proposed methodology for reporting project progress and results. To do.

Additionally, please include a real-time contact method (XMPP/Telegram/Skype ID, IRC nickname, phone number, etc.) and at least one time zone.

ΞTHDEV will make best efforts to evaluate new proposals within two weeks of receipt. Approved applicants are requested to sign a contract with ΞTHDEV and accelerate development as soon as possible. This agreement is a legal contract between the successful applicant and her ΞTHDEV and all applicants are advised to review the terms carefully before submitting their application.

How is the evaluation done?

Initial evaluation

The initial evaluation will be done by the ÐΞVgrants administrator. This consists of a review of the application, a high-level investigation into the status of the project, and an online interview with one or more of her project developers. This evaluation concerns the social and technical merits of the project, including its broad applicability and benefits to the Ethereum ecosystem, the general personality of the developers, and the progress made to date.

Final evaluation

The final evaluation will be made by the ÐΞVgrants Board, a team comprised of Ethereum founding members and ÐΞVgrants administrators. This evaluation considers the summary results of the initial evaluation over the past two weeks. Applicants may or may not be invited to be part of this discussion for further consideration and consideration.

What should I explain in my proposal?

We understand that each project has unique characteristics that should be highlighted and highlighted, but all applications can benefit from clearly addressing the following points:

  • Project goals and scope.
  • Deliverables covered by the work period.
  • Timeline and estimated work time.
  • Amount of funds requested.
  • How the project will benefit the Ethereum ecosystem.
  • A methodology for reporting progress and results.

How much funds can I request and how will payments be made?

Although exceptions may occur in specific cases, ÐΞVgrants targets a wide range of needs from USD to USD. 1,000tah1,000~ 10,000 per project, or enough to cover the living expenses of one or more developers for several months.

ΞTHDEV can provide payment in two different ways, depending on the amount requested, the length of the project’s proposed development period, and the work performed upfront.

Option 1:

Half of the total amount approved at the start of the project and half at completion.

Option 2:

Multiple payments based on milestone achievement.

Your preferred method can and should be requested in your application, but ΞTHDEV reserves the right to make the final choice.

What about transparency?

All projects approved by ÐΞVgrants will be posted on the future ÐΞVgrants website and @DEVgrant Twitter account. In most cases, funded projects already have publicly accessible repositories, and in all cases must comply with one or more designated open source licenses.

The conclusion is

We would like to thank the community again for their development efforts, critiques, and encouragement. We hope this program will be of some small help to your great work, and we look forward to reading all your applications.

Comments, questions, and applications should be directed to the ÐΞVgrants Administrator. grant@ethereum.org.If you are interested, please follow us. @DEVgrant Follow us on Twitter for the latest information on funded projects, changes to assessment policies, and more.

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