- Overview ℹ️
- About the Beta Round 💭
- Donating + Passport Stamps
- Join the Gitcoin Grantee Community
- How to Create Your Grant 🎨-
- ➡️ WALK THROUGH VIDEO ⬅️
- How to Promote Your Grant
The Gitcoin Grants Program is a quarterly initiative run by GitcoinDAO that empowers communities to use web3 to fund their shared needs, with the impact of individual donations being magnified by the use of the Quadratic Funding (QF) distribution mechanism.
Historically, the Gitcoin Grants Rounds were fully operated by the Gitcoin team on a centralized platform. Starting April 2023, we’ll be running our Gitcoin Program Beta Round exclusively on Grants Stack, the easiest way to deploy, manage and grow a successful grants program. Built with Gitcoin’s open-source funding allocation protocol, Allo Protocol, and integrated with Gitcoin Passport for enhanced fraud prevention. More information can be found on the Gitcoin website.
About the Beta Round 💭
The Gitcoin Program Beta Round is the second set of Gitcoin Program QF rounds that will run on the new decentralized Grants Stack (Gitcoin ran a streamlined Alpha Round in January 2023, with the goal of testing the new Grants Stack while supporting established grantees).
The dates for the Beta round are April 25th to May 9th, 2023, and there will be 5 Core Rounds managed by Gitcoin, each with its own Eligibility Criteria and a distinct matching pool:
- Climate Solutions
- Ethereum Infrastructure
- Web3 Community & Education
- Web3 Open Source Software
- ZK Tech
There will also be a number of Featured Rounds managed independently. Stay tuned for more information on these rounds.
Donating + Passport Stamps
It’s a good idea to start onboarding your community to web3 and ensuring they are ready to support your project as soon as possible. People can donate to your project through Grants Explorer. Here is a guide for how to use Grants Explorer.
Important Note: It’s also important that your supporters update their Passport in order to have their donations count toward the QF allocation of matching funds. Passport Stamps expire after 90 days so everyone will need to refresh their passport scores before the Beta Round. Learn more here: What is Gitcoin Passport and How Do I Add Passport Stamps?
Join the Gitcoin Grantee Community
Do you want to meet and collaborate with grantees in your round? You can join the Gitcoin Grants Telegram group here: https://t.me/+9e-n218BmnAxNjFh
Also be on the lookout for round meetups hosted by Gitcoin and the community. Events, resources and current announcements can be found on the Gitcoin Community Hub Grantee Portal.
How to Create Your Grant 🎨-
Grants Stack includes 3 tools: Builder is where project owners create and manage their own projects; Explorer is where projects will apply to participate in a round and where supporters will donate; Manager is where Round Managers and Operators will find the backend round management tools.
Creating and managing your grant in Grants Stack is a two-step process:
- Create your grant proposal in Builder at http//builder.gitcoin.co. If you already have a grant on Builder, be sure it is updated with what you’ve been working on, any challenges you’ve faced and future plans. *Note: Be sure to review the Gitcoin Program Beta Round Eligibility Criteria.
- Once the rounds are live on Explorer, apply for the appropriate round based on the round’s Eligibility Criteria. *Note: For the Beta Round, once you’ve applied for a round, you will no longer be able to edit your proposal.
Important note: For the Beta Round, each individual round will take place on ETH Mainnet.
If you want to be walked through the creation process, here is a:
➡️ WALK THROUGH VIDEO ⬅️
If you want to read about how to create your grant, here are guides for how to:
- Create a project in Builder
- Edit your project in Builder
- Video: Quick Start Guide to Markdown for formatting; Markdown Cheat Sheet
- Once the Rounds are created: Apply to a round in Grants Explorer
- Tips, tricks and advice: Check out the Gitcoin Community Hub Grantee Portal updates for ideas from past grantees, events and resources
How to Promote Your Grant
Promoting your grant is important because the more you promote it, the more individual donors you will attract, and the more funding your project may receive! For a comprehensive guide to promoting your grant, see the Gitcoin Grantee Marketing Runbook & Toolkit.
Here are just a few simple ideas to get your outreach started:
- 🐦 Post about your project on Twitter (example)
- 🔈Host or attend a grants round Twitter space. Gitcoin hosts a few during grants rounds!
- 📣 Share your grant with other communities and people you know. Discords, Slacks, text message groups, all of it. Every donation counts!
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