Blockchain Funding Opportunities


Aragon Nest & Flock – Aragon Nest was launched to support projects building fundamental tools and infrastructure, largely around Aragon and Ethereum

0x Ecosystem Acceleration Program – funding startups building in a variety of 0x relayer verticals.

Polkadot Grants –These are more informal grants published on the Web 3 Foundation's github. Funding can be applied for by those building around the Polkadot ecosystem and working to make the Web 3 vision a reality.

Gnosis Ecosystem Grant – is more than just a fund, not only are we encouraging third-party development on Gnosis platforms, we’re providing mentorship, community, and outreach support.

ConsenSys Grants – will be dispersed in amounts of $10-25k via Gitcoin. Applicants will have the opportunity to apply under categories, which will be determined by the wider Ethereum community in an effort to support decentralized decision making. For now, ConsenSys will support projects that focus on infrastructure, research, user experience, design, interoperability, and developer tools. To learn more, sign up here for a dedicated newsletter to keep up to date on grant recipients and projects.

The Stable Fund – aim to support startups using using Dai or Maker infrastructure as a core component. The Stable Fund offers no-strings attached (equity-free) grants of up to $25k and equity funding of up to $200k.

Moloch DAO – grants-DAO/Guild supporting the development of Ethereum. Ethereum founders Joseph Lubin and Vitalik Buterin and their respective organizations ConsenSys and the Ethereum Foundation are each donating 1,000 ether (ETH) to the Moloch decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). This donation brings the organization's total funds up to $1 million, a Cointelegraph correspondent learned at the Ethereal Summit on May 10.

Ethereum Community Fund – The Ethereum Community Fund is similar to the EF in that it wishes to advance the Ethereum ecosystem, however is backed by several founding members including Cosmos, OmiseGo, Maker, Golem, Web3 and Status. Typical grant amounts range from $10,000 to $100,000; in general, ECF will provide funding that will initially cover 6 months of runway. See previously funded ECF alumni here. Interested parties can submit an application here.

Ethereum Foundation – The Ethereum Foundation grants have committed over $11M to over 52 projects since they kicked off their program at the start of 2018. They fund projects that are committed to advancing the Ethereum ecosystem; a rather broad mandate covering public infrastructure and community goods. Preceding the funding of each wave, the EF publishes a wish list for the types of projects that they hope to see apply.

Protocol Labs Request For Proposals (RFP) Program – The first RFPs solicit improvements to components used in Filecoin. Future RFPs will fund problems across PL's entire stack of protocols, from Multiformats to Filecoin, and they also welcome open problems and suggestions for work that they may be interested in funding. The RFP Program has an inital commitment of $5M to fund multiple rounds of grants ranging from $5,000 to $2M. Check out active RFPs here. Each RFP references an Open Problem Statement in Protocol Labs' public research repo. Application instructions can be found here.

MakerDAO Core Community Development Group (CCDG) – A series of initiatives (fund grants, bounties, community development rewards) designed to create direct incentives and support structures to allow people to participate in and contribute to the success the Dai Stable Coin platform.

Social Alpha Foundation – Co-founded by Jehan Chu of Kenetic Capital, Social Alpha Foundation offers grants ranging from $10k - 100,000k. There are two categories of grants: the education grant, which supports organizations, collectives and individuals that offer blockchain education with a focus on social impact and the application grant, for non-commercial blockchain applications that tackle social welfare issues with a focus on Public Health, Environment or Education.

Zcash Foundation Grants – Zcash Foundation Grants are distributed twice annually and have a broad scope. See here for ideas. The foundation emphasizes that they are especially interested in funding proposals that are public goods and not obviously monetizable. The program had a 2017 Q4 budget of $80,000, funded by the Zcash Foundation, which they increased to $250,000 in 2018 Q2, funded by the Zcash Foundation and the Blockchain Institute.

Dash Budget Vote Proposal Tracker – Dash has a large budget of $1M+ allocated monthly to this program (10% of Dash’s block rewards are earmarked for this program, decreasing by 7% roughly every year. Proposals receive funding if “Net Votes” (total 'Yes' minus total 'No' votes) exceeds 10% of all active masternodes. Reputation plays a big role in who gets funded: applicants are encouraged to build a relationship with the community, demonstrate that they’re the right person for the job, and drum up support for their proposal in the pre-proposal forum. You can check out Dash Watch to see examples of funded proposals.

Interchain Foundation –The Interchain Foundation supports development around the Cosmos ecosystem. Currently, the foundation operates on an ad-hoc basis but will evolve into a fully-formed program towards the end of 2018, after the launch of the Cosmos Network.

Blockstack Public Benefit Corporation –The Blockstack Public Benefit Corporation is committing $1M to support teams building social network dapps using the Blockstack infrastucture. Each developer or team that is accepted will receive $100K.

Stellar Partnership Grant Program – This grant program aims to support projects who integrate with the Stellar network and pursue the improvement of the global financial landscape and promote financial inclusion. The Stellar Development Foundation has allocated 25 billion total lumens to this program (a monster $6b pool at these prices?!).

The Request Fund – Request Network has pledged $30 million (in $REQ & $ETH) over the next 5 years to the Request Fund for projects based around mobile apps to create, detect, and pay requests. See here for a wishlist from the Request network team and the application form here.

Monero Forum Funding System (FFS) This could be classified as a "grant" but operates more as a crowdfunding mechanism: anybody can donate Monero towards these projects. Applicants must move through a multi-step and openly-vetted process. If the proposal is successfully granted, funds are held in escrow and disbursed to the recipient as specific milestones are met.

NEM Community Fund – As of September 2018, funding process is undergoing a restructure. The funding pool consists of ~300 million NEM ($28M at current prices) and is largely focused on the Asia-Pacific region.

Bitcoin Development Grants – A $1.2M grant fund for Bitcoin protocol development supported by Bitmain, Xapo and many more crypto figureheads.

Scuttlebutt Grants – $5k grants ($200k pledged) to support with the development of Scuttlebutt, funded by DFINITY.

SmartCash SmartHive Governance Portal – Over 10 million SMART available (~$2M USD) to fund projects contributing to the SmartCash ecosystem. SmartCash holders vote on projects to be funded.

FOAM Grants Program

UNICEF Innovation Fund – Financial and technological support from UNICEF’s Venture Fund is available for companies that can show a strong founding team and a clear path to improving the lives of children/humanity. ($50-90k). We are seeking open-source projects that have already been started - you’ve been running it for a while - it shows some positive indicators - but you need funding to take it to a level where it can really attract additional investment and funding by generating real data. The fund is looking to invest in a group of companies developing software solutions on open blockchains, specifically in the areas of smart contracts, analyzing data directly from public blockchains, tokenization and mining.


ETH PRIZE– issuing bounties to solve the Ethereum ecosystem's biggest challenges. There are currently two bounties available, for $250k each.







The Bounties Network –An open-source, generalized platform for bounties across Ethereum

Status Open Bounty – Status has an active bounties platform that is supported by a $1m pledge in Nov 2017 to support projects and developers in the space.


Accelerators & Incubators