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!
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.
Kickback – Helps blockchain event organizers attract new participants with little to no knowledge or experience of interacting with dapps and smart contracts
Dappnode – A decentralized network of personally-owned nodes with a user-friendly interface.
PISA – Building and protecting global, privacy-preserving, permissionless, off-chain smart contracts.
Tellor – A decentralized oracle that provides an efficient, trustless, and decentralized alternative for off-chain data.
Zeropool – A platform for fully anonymous and non-trackable transactions on Ethereum, supporting multiple ERC20 tokens, ether, and anonymous atomic swaps.
Gas Station Network / EIP-1613 – Solving the gasless users onboarding problem in a trustless decentralized way, through a network of incentivized relays
Notus – Service that allows users to trigger webhooks from Ethereum smart contract events or Graph Protocol GraphQL subscriptions
Lighthouse – Ethereum Serenity client enabling users to enjoy the benefits of a sharded, proof-of-stake Ethereum platform with 1000x capacity
Ribbon Blockchain: Public Health Incentives App – Using tokenized incentives to make positive lifestyle changes & reducing the burden on the medical system
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
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
Africa Blockchain Developers Program – Giving African developers the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to become industry-ready blockchain developers
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!