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ConsenSys Grants Wave 2 Winners

A look at the Grants Wave 2 Cohort and How to Apply to ConsenSys Grants Wave 3.

By ConsenSys

November 14, 2019

Over a year ago at Devcon in 2018, Joseph Lubin announced a $500,000 grant fund to be distributed to dedicated projects building out the Ethereum ecosystem. ConsenSys Grants has already funded 14 projects for a total of $300,000 and is now accepting applications for its third wave of grants. 

ConsenSys Grants funds on open-source projects that benefit the greater Ethereum community. Projects supported include critical areas such as core infrastructure, improved developer tooling and UX, security, social impact, and access to education.

Breakdown of Current Funding

Infrastructure projects have received the most funding of the five categories throughout the first two waves of grants. This is partially due to the number of projects that fit the infrastructure category and the vast bread that is included under infrastructure. Similarly, usability and developer tooling is a broad category and currently ripe for disruption. Teams that make Ethereume easier for users and developers will help entrepreneurs build even greater applications on top of Ethereum. ConsenSys believes that every category is incredibly important for building out the future of Ethereum. If you’re an entrepreneur, developers, or hacking on a side project that will help Ethereum move forward – apply to the third round of grants! 

ConsenSys Grants Funding by Category

Below is a list of all the projects funded throughout 2019 according to category: 

Usability and Developer Tooling

Alice  – Mobile app to easily build native mobile Ethereum applications.

$25,000

Ethers.js – A complete Ethereum JavaScript library for building wallets, frameworks and tools, with a focus on security, compactness and simplicity.

$25,000

Kickback – Helps blockchain event organizers attract new participants with little to no knowledge or experience of interacting with dapps and smart contracts.

 $10,000

**Reach – A programming language/ development platform that abstracts away the complications of blockchain while automatically formally verifying the entire dapp.

€25,000

**Mailchain – Easily send and receive rich-media HTML messages between blockchain public addresses through a simple, email-like interface.

€25,000

**Eth Dev Tools – Chrome developer tool that gives developers strong inspection, debugging and manual testing abilities during dapp development – an extension that acts like a Swiss Army knife for dapp developers and curious users.

€10,000

**Tribute – DeFi subscription micropayments layer powered by directing interest flows from crypto asset holdings to content providers or to whatever the holder wishes to support

€10,000

[Hao Fu (Alice), Mark Pereira (Alice), Mehdi Zerouali (SigmaPrime), Paul Hauner(SigmaPrime), Yadira Blocker (ConsenSys), Gabrielle Micheletti (ConsenSys Grants), Patrick McCorry (PISA)]

Infrastructure

Dappnode – A decentralized network of personally-owned nodes with a user-friendly interface.

$25,000

PISA – Building and protecting global, privacy-preserving, permissionless, off-chain smart contracts.

$25,000

Tellor – A decentralized oracle that provides an efficient, trustless, and decentralized alternative for off-chain data.

$25,000

Zeropool – A platform for fully anonymous and non-trackable transactions on Ethereum, supporting multiple ERC20 tokens, ether, and anonymous atomic swaps.

$25,000

Gas Station Network / EIP-1613 – Solving the gasless users onboarding problem in a trustless decentralized way, through a network of incentivized relays.

$25,000

Notus – Service that allows users to trigger webhooks from Ethereum smart contract events or Graph Protocol GraphQL subscriptions.

$10,000

**Trueblocks – Framework that indexes appearances of addresses, providing lightning-fast access to full, complete, audit-quality transaction histories for any address.

€25,000

[Scott Moore (Gitcoin), Nicholas Fett (Tellor), Brenda Loya (Tellor), Michael Zemrose (Tellor), Richard Moore (Ethers.js), Gabrielle Micheletti (ConsenSys Grants)]

Security

Lighthouse – Ethereum Serenity client enabling users to enjoy the benefits of a sharded, proof-of-stake Ethereum platform with 1000x capacity

$50,000

**Unikeys – Biometric card hardware wallets that enable crypto-asset users to comfortably and securely validate payments using their cards with smartphones

$25,000

Social Impact

Ribbon Blockchain: Public Health Incentives App – Using tokenized incentives to make positive lifestyle changes & reducing the burden on the medical system

$25,000

Nori – Using blockchain technology to incentivize carbon removal makes sense. Nori is preventing fraud and double-counting in the carbon market, and the NORI token enables the world to set a truly market-driven price on removing a ton of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere

$10,000

Education and Technical Knowledge 

Black Girls CODE Blockchain Immersion Program – A three-tiered blockchain program that focuses on education, immersion, and the provision of “hackternships” to test practical ecosystem knowledge

$10,000

Africa Blockchain Developers Program – Giving African developers the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to become industry-ready blockchain developers

$10,000

ConsenSys Grants Wave 3 is Open!

ConsenSys Grants Wave 3 is now open for applications and initial winners are planned to be announced at ETHDenver in February 2020. The deadline to submit applications is January 14, 2020. 

“It’s clear the bar has now been set high with the quality of submissions we’ve received for Wave 2 based on the awarded grantees,” said Johanna Moran, ConsenSys Grants Lead. “Also we’re delighted that many of these projects are addressing urgent infrastructure and dev tooling needs to support the growing Ethereum community.

ConsenSys Grants Wave 3 is open! What are you waiting for? Apply today!