ConsenSys Grants

Seeking hackers, hipsters, and hustlers. 

We're a gateway for funding your next Ethereum project.

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We’re a gateway for funding open source ethereum projects.

ConsenSys Grants funds projects that meet the needs of a rapidly accelerating Ethereum ecosystem. Some key areas include: core infrastructure, improved developer tooling and UX, security, and access to knowledge for both developers and users. We are equally focused on funding core components and technology that will enable far-reaching social impact projects. ​Throughout 2019 we will give away $550,000 worth of grants dispersed in amounts of $10,000 and $25,000 via GitCoin, a community-driven tool that allows grantees to receive a stream of payments subject to successful milestones being met.

ConsenSys Grants will support projects by connecting the community of grantees and providing access to ConsenSys members and the Grants Advisory Committee. In addition, ConsenSys will help highlight grantee projects through ConsenSys Media.

Meet Our Recent Grantees

Lighthouse

Lighthouse is a security-focused Ethereum Serenity client. As a free, open-source Ethereum Serenity client, Lighthouse will enable users to enjoy the benefits of a sharded, proof-of-stake Ethereum platform, providing at least 1000x capacity. This project lays the foundation for future improvements that can provide exponential scalability to Ethereum. Further, proof-of-stake eliminates resource-intensive mining operations, minimizing energy consumption.

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Black Girls CODE Blockchain Immersion Program

BGC seeks to provide young women of color with the skills to both develop into thought leaders within the developer space and occupy developer, designer, and business roles in the expanding blockchain ecosystem. To do so, Black Girls CODE is developing a three-tiered blockchain program that focuses on education, immersion, and the provision of “hackternships” to test practical ecosystem knowledge.

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Notus

Notifications and transactional email are essential for a quality user experience. Notus aims to make providing the same level of service to dapp users as easy as possible. Notus is a service that allows users to trigger webhooks from Ethereum smart contract events or Graph Protocol GraphQL subscriptions.

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Grant Categories

Infrastructure L1 and L2

Including research, scalability, privacy, interoperability.

Education & Technical Knowledge

Building tutorials for developing with the web3 stack.

Usability & Dev Tooling

Including wallets, linters, next gen user onboarding.

Social Impact

Enabling the betterment of society and/or democratize public access to resources.

Security

Including platforms, tools, languages, (formal) verification, usability.

Important Dates

Wave 1:

Closed – Check out the list of current Grantees below

Wave 2:

Closed – Grantees to be announced at Devcon 5, 2019

Application Process

Step 2:

We will reach out for Interviews if your application is deemed a good fit

Step 3:

Acceptance & Denial Notifications

Step 4:

Grantee Onboarding & Milestone Setting and Mentor Matching

Step 5:

Grant Period Completion & Exit Interviews

Wave 1 Grantees

Thank you to everyone who applied for a ConsenSys Grant! We received an outstanding number of applications and were blown away by the number of diverse and creative submissions received. ConsenSys Grants is constantly refining itself to better serve the community and we thank everyone who has provided helpful feedback. Our efforts are further amplified through the work you have contributed on a day to day basis and we look forward to reviewing future applications! 

Check out the first wave of recipients of ConsenSys Grants, and keep an eye out for opportunities for your own project to receive funding!

Social Impact​

Ribbon Blockchain: Public Health Incentives App – $25,000

Ribbon is a public health incentives app using tokenized incentives to make positive lifestyle changes. It is focused on reducing the burden on the medical system and making communities healthier. 

Nori – $10,000

Nori is finding a way to solve climate change—not just make it less bad. 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.

Usability and Dev Tooling

KickBack – $10,000

KickBack will help blockchain event organizers attract new participants with little to no knowledge or experience of interacting with dapps and smart contracts. Kickback (and “Blockparty”, its predecessor prototype) have so far served over 50 events with nearly 1000 participants. These were mostly crypto related meetups, hackathons, conference, and social events.

Infrastructure

Gas stations network / EIP-1613 – $25,000

Solving the gasless users onboarding problem in a trustless decentralized way through a network of incentivized relays. 

Notus – $10,000

Notifications and transactional email are essential for a quality user experience. Notus aims to make providing the same level of service to dapp users as easy as possible. Notus is a service that allows users to trigger webhooks from Ethereum smart contract events or Graph Protocol GraphQL subscriptions. 

Education & Technical Knowledge

Black Girls CODE Blockchain Immersion Program – $25,000

BGC seeks to provide young women of color with the skills to both develop into thought leaders within the developer space and occupy developer, designer, and business roles in the expanding blockchain ecosystem. To do so, Black Girls CODE is developing a three-tiered blockchain program that focuses on education, immersion, and the provision of “hackternships” to test practical ecosystem knowledge. 

Africa Blockchain Developers Program –  $10,000

The goal of the Ethereum developer program is to give African developers the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to become industry-ready blockchain developers. ABA is working with our network of partners across the continent to provide mentorship and support activities to developers. Projects for participants sponsored through this grant will be social impact challenges to solve unique African problems co-ideated with ConsenSys. 

Security​

Lighthouse, a security-focused Ethereum Serenity client – $25,000

Lighthouse is a security-focused Ethereum Serenity client. As a free, open-source Ethereum Serenity client, Lighthouse will enable users to enjoy the benefits of a sharded, proof-of-stake Ethereum platform, providing at least 1000x capacity. This project lays the foundation for future improvements that can provide exponential scalability to Ethereum. Further, proof-of-stake eliminates resource-intensive mining operations, minimizing energy consumption.

ConsenSys Grants funds projects that meet the needs of a rapidly accelerating Ethereum ecosystem. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis in increments up to $25,000. To apply for a ConsenSys Grant please fill out an application.

Meet Our Board

Aya Miyaguchi
Aya Miyaguchi
Joe Lubin
Joe Lubin
Andreas Wallendahl
Andreas Wallendahl
Kevin Owocki
Kevin Owocki
Ken Ng
Ken Ng
Kartik Talwar
Kartik Talwar

Partner, A.Capital Ventures

Danny Ryan
Danny Ryan

Researcher, Ethereum Foundation

Allison Berke
Allison Berke, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Stanford Cyber Initiative

Tonya Evans
Dr. Tonya Evans

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Director of Blockchain Law Online Certificate Program, UNH School of Law

ConsenSys Grants FAQ

What is the process for applying?

Once your team has applied, you will receive a confirmation email and an option to join a telegram channel if you would like to ask questions about the process or the program.

How many steps are there in the process?

Once applicants apply, the applicants move through four evaluation stages. In each stage an application is moved forward to the next stage or denied. The applicant is only notified during the process if their application does not move forward to the next round. The award is decided after the 4th stage which is an interview. Your team will pass the first stage as apart of winning the hackathon.

How long is the grants process once we apply?

The process is typically 3 months from application to award.

What does a good application look like?

Please see our application best practices.

We are a private business, can we apply?

 Yes, private businesses are welcome to apply but should only apply for ConsenSys Grants funding if what they plan to build will be open source. 

We are a team of individuals, not a business entity can we still apply?

Yes.

Our team plans to launch a token sale, is it eligible for a grant?

No.

Our team was denied in another Wave, can we still apply?

Sure, you are open to re-applying in 2020. We are unable to give teams individual feedback but we urge you to revisit the criteria and your application before you re-apply.

How long is project delivery if accepted?

Project delivery is contingent upon your milestones. Three months is standard but we are open to support projects that extend past three months.

Are projected funded in USD or DAI?

Projects are funded in DAI via Gitcoin Grants

Where are the Hackathons being hosted this year?

Check out our hackathon page!

What happens when we win a ConsenSys Grants Hackathon?

If your team wins a hackathon, the team still must apply to ConsenSys Grants. After applying your team’s application will be fast tracked in the application process but you will be notified of your status at the same time as other teams moving through the process. 

How are payments distributed?

We use Gitcoin Grants to distribute payments. Gitcoin Grants is a separate tool from the traditional Gitcoin bounty product that allows a team to receive individual payments or streams of payment that are not tied to any particular GitHub issue. It also provides a mechanism for projects to raise additional funds from external donors should they so choose. Think of Gitcoin Grants as an Ethereum-powered Open Collective.

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