FREE and OPEN

Grant Program

The Concordium Grant Program aims to fund projects that support the Concordium Ecosystem. Concordium welcomes everybody to apply for a grant.

Introduction

The Concordium Free & Open Grants Program seeks to allocate resources to open-source developers and projects that are beneficial to the advancement of the Concordium ecosystem.

Concordium is a science-based proof-of-stake blockchain created for all, with in particular business applications in mind.
The blockchain uniquely has identification built into the protocol to meet regulatory requirements, while delivering a user-friendly platform that can handle smart contracts. With the Concordium Grant program we hope to showcase the capabilities of the identity layer, and any mention of this is encouraged in your application.

Concordium welcomes everybody to apply for a grant. We aim to fund projects that dream big and add value to the open-source ecosystem as well as the world of decentralized applications. We encourage projects that add value to both the Concordium and the Rust ecosystem. Join us and become a partner in building a better future.

Project Ideas

Concordium Free and Open Grants

Grants for Applications & Use Cases

Concordium issues grants to projects building and deploying applications targeting a variety of real-world use-cases and demonstrating high potential for driving mainstream adoption and enabling borderless economy.

Concordium blockchain is scalable, efficient, final, and safely programmable. These technical features make Concordium the natural network to develop real business applications that deliver value creation, mass adoption and disruptive economic and business innovations.

Here are a few examples, but we are open to other applications and innovative use cases: DeFi or Open Finance, payments, asset exchange, social media, supply chain, copyright authentication, asset tokenization and global information systems.

Grants for Development Tools & Infrastructure

Concordium funds the creation of tools to support the development of the Concordium blockchain. This will form the foundation from which the network and ecosystem can grow, thus making Concordium network easily accessible to developers and system builders.

Initial priorities include development areas such as applications, utilities, monitoring, tooling, deployment and libraries, but we are open to other areas of innovation around the Concordium blockchain. Focus areas include but are not limited to user-onboarding tools, IDE integration for ASC, asset creation and manipulation, compilation to TEAL, TEAL analysis and formal proofs.

Application

Concordium Free and Open Grants

In order to apply for the Grant Program you pick one of two courses of action: apply via Github or apply with Google Form.

We will be looking for basic contact information as well as concise descriptions of the project you are working on, your team's experience, and an idea of the size of grant you are requesting (this is not binding). Applications that are made through Github will be visible to anybody.

The clearer your information, the faster the review can be completed. Please make sure to clarify how your project will benefit Concordium ecosystem.

Committee Review

Our team will review all applications on a rolling basis, determine if more information is required, and then potentially schedule an intro call with the team.

Applications will be evaluated by our Executive Committee.

The Committee consists of the Concordium Foundation representatives and the Concordium Foundation appointed individuals who will ensure that the funding priorities of the Concordium ecosystem are met. The committee evaluates grant applications and provides feedback on these applications.

The Executive Committee will have the power to decide whether a proposal will be accepted or not.
The approval process for grants will be based on the size, scope and general nature of the application. Smaller projects will need less approvals and shorter processing time.
It is expected that all applications present a milestone delivery schedule of first-, second- and final delivery.
Our team might follow-up with a call to review specific details around deliverables, timelines and payment schedules.

Executive Committee

Steering Committee

Payment and follow up

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The Committee makes payment to the CCD address specified in the initial application or to a FIAT-based bank account, subject to standard full KYC and proper due diligence.

Grant applications can be amended at any time, necessitating a reevaluation by the Committee. All grant payments will follow the delivery of milestones. This process is split into first milestone, second milestone and final delivery. A fully compliant "receipt" will be asked in return.

After a grant has been awarded, our team will follow-up as needed regarding further support and milestone check-ins.

Documentation, Licensing etc.

The requirements for documentation and licensing will depend on the nature of the application. To ensure ease-of-use we require all projects to create comprehensive documentation that explains how their project works. At a minimum, written documentation is required for funding. Tutorials or videos are also helpful for new users to understand how to use the product.

Read more about documentation and licensing on Github.
We encourage you to ask any question related to this on email at grants@concordium.com.

8 Steps to Submit Your Application

Concordium Free and Open Grants

Project Idea

A non-exhaustive overview of ideas and broad project ideas we would potentially be interested in funding can be found here. Soon a complete list of accepted applications will be available too. Applications represent concrete and employable ideas for projects that we aim to see running on top of Concordium. Teams are encouraged to apply even if another team has already applied to implement a certain project, we invite you to proceed anyway if you are interested.
Last but not least, you don’t need to start your project from scratch to be able to apply for a grant. Some teams working on other chains are willing to port their existing projects to Concordium, where the relevant licenses allow of course. Some of these teams are interested in contributing to an existing open-source reject. In this case, you should check in advance that the maintainers of the project are willing to onboard you.

Application

We recommend checking out the technical grant template. It gives an indication of what a good roadmap should look like, plus it outlines the criteria of what we look for in an application. If you choose to apply privately you’ll need to fill out the Google Form by clicking the following link: Apply Privately here.

Review

The Committee will review the applications received, determine if more information is required, and potentially schedule a call with the team. Third party experts may also assist in the review of applications.

Decision

The Committee will notify the applicants of whether their proposal has been accepted or not. If an application is accepted, further communication will be required to determine some specific details around timelines and payment schedules.

Follow-up

Once progress has started, the Committee and the relevant teams will have follow-up conversations to see how the project is progressing. A weekly meeting at least will be mandatory for each granted team.

Payment

The Committee makes the payment to the CCD address specified in the initial application or to a FIAT-based bank account, subject to normal full KYC and proper due diligence. Grant applications can be amended at any time, necessitating a reevaluation by the Committee. Up to 4 weeks after the acceptance of an application, funds will be wired. A fully compliant “receipt” will be asked in return.

Licensing

In order to successfully receive grant funding for your application, it is necessary for the project to have open-source code. We prefer Apache 2.0 but the GNU GPL v3 license is also acceptable.

Documentation

To ensure ease-of-use we require all projects to create comprehensive documentation that explains how their project works. At a minimum, written documentation is required for funding. Tutorials or videos are also helpful for new users to understand how to use the product.

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