Grants Program

About the Moonbeam Grants Program

Funding project initiatives to bootstrap activity, adoption and overall growth of the Moonbeam Network.

The grants program is a multi-level funding structure designed to support many kinds of projects in the ecosystem and help establish Moonbeam as the premier destination for cross-chain connected applications. The program is designed to exemplify community engagement, inclusivity, and transparency while working toward the greater good of the ecosystem by helping projects building on Moonbeam and Moonriver.

Grant allocation is community-directed and funded by the Moonbeam Foundation.

Why You Should Apply

Passion & Enthusiasm

You’re excited about the potential of Moonbeam and cross-chain connected smart contracts as the future of Web3 applications.

Experimentation

You want to build and test your application in a growing ecosystem with a strong community and enthusiastic user base.

Scalability

You need a fully interoperable execution environment but want to maintain your EVM-compatible codebase(s) using the most popular developer tools.

Multi-Chain

You’re bullish on the future of multi-chain and want to execute a deployment that can tap into functionality across multiple blockchains.

Grant Program Resources

By joining the grants program, you will have access to benefits that will help your project’s technical design, growth strategy, and overall development.

Project

Funding

Grants available for applications, infrastructure, tooling, education, and programs to bootstrap activity

Developer Guidance

Technical support during DApp design, testing, and deployment

Ecosystem Networking

Intros to other ecosystem teams for collaborations, such as DeFi, NFT Marketplace, and other protocols

Investor Introductions

Access to VCs that are active in the Moonbeam ecosystem, potentially including the Moonbeam Ecosystem Fund

Resource Recommendations

Guidance for firms to help with audits, marketing, and other operational needs

Guidelines for Potential Applicants

The grants program supports projects that add value and help grow the Moonbeam ecosystem. Projects applying for grants will have a greater chance of success if they can demonstrate a strong project, team commitment, and provide a thorough grant request that meets these criteria:

Community-Oriented

Grant proposals should demonstrate a commitment to the Moonbeam ecosystem through collaborative efforts. Teams that show commitment to the network and its unique capabilities, like connected contracts, will stand out. Applications must align with Moonbeam Guiding Principles and Moonbeam Code of Conduct. In general, teams that apply for grants should act as good stewards for the network and the ecosystem as a whole.

Bold Initiatives

Teams should present a well-researched and tested project that adds value to the ecosystem or fills a gap. Differentiation here is helpful, new ideas that implement technology not yet in use are considered to be most desirable.

Compelling Team and Roadmap

Teams with strong technical backgrounds that come armed with a plan for growth and engagement (and are available and responsive during the application review) will have a greater chance of success. Delivery on the milestones outlined in the application will be important as well, so these should be well-thought-out. The amount requested for the grant should be firmly situated in the plan and in line with the deliverables outlined in the roadmap.

The Grant Application Process

Grant applications are classified into three levels that generally correspond to the amount requested and the size of the work outlined in the application. Members of the community will participate in the determination of who receives a grant.

Level One & Two Grants

Both Level One and Level Two grants follow the same application process, though the approvals differ slightly. Level One describes grant amounts up to $50k, while Level Two grants are $50–$150k.
1. Application

Complete and submit a grant application with accuracy and detail.

2. Initial Screening

The Community Grants Committee will email applicants to schedule a call so they can review the information provided. After the screening call, the Committee will decide if the application moves forward.

3. Committee Review & Diligence

The Community Grants Committee and designated service providers will explore the project, concept, and grant request and assess the project according to the community-approved grant guidelines.

4. Voting

Complete and submit a grant application with accuracy and detail.

5. Implementation & Follow-Up

Teams with approved grants can start working toward the milestones outlined in the grant.

Level Three Grants

Level Three grants amounts range from $150k to $3M and require approval from both the Community Grants Committee and the broader community via an on-chain vote.
1. Community Discussion

Complete and submit a grant idea for discussion to Polkassembly for five days of community feedback. During this time, the Community Grants Committee members will publicly comment. The grant author will be able to edit the proposal to incorporate community before the next phase. 

2. Submit a Bond

To move forward, grant applicants must submit a bond of 5,000 GLMR (to be returned within 30 days of the grant decision, less transaction fees) and formally submit the proposal to the Community Grants Committee for review.

3. Grants Committee Approval

The proposal will be reviewed by the Community Grants Committee from a business, technical, and administrative perspective and to ensure it is in line with the grant guidelines. They may request additional information. Lack of response or cooperation during this process may result in the proposal being rejected. Once the review is complete, the Committee will vote on whether the finalized proposal should move to a community vote.

4. Community Voting

The proposal will be posted for a public community vote. Voters will submit Aye or Nay according to the typical Moonbeam governance process. This can be done on Polkassembly or directly through the Polkadot.js web application.

5. Implementation

For accepted proposals, implementation will begin based on the steps and milestones outlined in the approved referendum, including the execution of a grant agreement or other documentation dictating the conditions for the grant.

How & Where to Vote

Community members play a key role in the review and approval of Level Three grants, which can include sizable fund amounts and can have a significant impact on the direction of the network. There are a few ways for community members to participate.

On either platform, community members will need GLMR to vote on referenda. Comments can be submitted for discussion without GLMR.

Current Grants Committee

The Community Grants Committee is a group of five individuals who are charged with reviewing incoming grants applications and evaluating their merit, contributions to the ecosystem, and overall value to the network as a whole. Committee Members were approved as part of the Interim Grants Program Proposal in September 2022.

The Community Grants Committee consists of two members from the Moonbeam Foundation and three community members who are not serving a role at the Moonbeam Foundation, but understand the priorities of the program and serve to help facilitate the growth of the ecosystem.

All official communications from the Community Grants Committee will come from this email address: [email]@moonbeam.foundation.

The Community Grants Committee will use the following addresses in relation to Level Three grants:
Multisig for Receipt of Bonds: 0xbECe7b5a45f835A7bA8c02F35CdAc1B6d4949412
Address for Publishing Proposals: 0xe6Be7838615e12F89816A5Fa32879Bc36C419033

Current Committee Members:

Aaron Evans, Moonbeam Foundation

Sicco Naets, Moonbeam Foundation

Thiago Castroneves, Moonbeam community member

Jim Farley, Moonbeam community member

Natalia Kovtun, Moonbeam community member