Solana Foundation

Grants

The Solana Foundation Grants Program is focused on funding efforts to further censorship resistance on the Solana Network

Guidelines

Anyone can apply for a grant from the Solana Foundation.

Currently, however, the Foundation is focused on funding projects that promote decentralization and censorship resistance on the Solana network.

You can find a list of Grant Proposals here.

We also encourage you to apply if you have ideas that don't address a proposal directly, but that still fall under the Foundation's broader scope.

If your project does not address decentralization or censorship resistance, we recommend you check out our Alternative Funding Sources.


Generally, your project will have better chances to get accepted if you do the following:

Be Concise

Being clear and concise is always helpful.

Do: Quick blurbs describing what the project is, your team's experience, and why we can expect you to execute on this vision. Bonus points for being precise about technical milestones and expected timelines.

Don't: Long walls of text and lengthy explanations. Save this for an intro call.

More Autonomy is Better

Being clear and concise is always helpful.

While the Foundation strives to assist everyone building on Solana, we physically don’t have the hours in a day to be as hands-on with each project as we’d like.

Being able to execute autonomously says a lot about your team and will help us accelerate the process.

Build what the ecosystem needs

Besides our Grant Proposals, we often see people on Twitter (and elsewhere) saying things like "Solana needs X" or "Solana would be better if it had Y". Use this information!

Open Source

Being clear and concise is always helpful.

What makes decentralized applications so powerful is that it’s built on the premise of being open and composable. Therefore we support teams that intend to open source soon after deploying on Solana’s Mainnet Beta.

Project Ideas

  • Requests For Proposals represent concrete ideas for projects that we would like to see happen.
  • A list of grant proposals we would be interested in funding can be found here. Several teams may apply for the same proposal, so even if another team has already applied to implement a certain proposal, we invite you to do the same if you're interested.
  • An overview of existing projects in the Solana ecosystem can be found here.
  • As mentioned above, Twitter is also a great place to find new project ideas!

Grants Proposals

More detail regarding the Solana Foundation Grants process and available Grants Proposals can be found below. Currently, the Solana Foundation is looking to fund the following initiatives:

  • Automated Stake Delegation & Rebalancing UI
  • Multi Validator Staking UI
  • A feature-rich block explorer
  • An on-chain data and analytics protocol
  • Developer tooling: Serialisation/RPC/IDE/Scaffolding
  • Tools that enable token holders to better understand the network (especially where and how to stake)
  • Tools and/or dashboards that implement "decentralization metrics" tracking along different axes (eg. geographic clustering / dispersion, network / ISP clustering / dispersion, total stake accumulated, etc).

More Grants Proposals will be added here as they become available.

Scope

The scope of the Solana Foundation Grants Programs consists of funding and feedback on delivered milestones, as well as potential VC introductions, technical support, and marketing and design help.

Remember, you can find general documentation and more information re:building on Solana on the Docs Hub, and we encourage you to join the community Discord and Telegram channels in order to get help with specific issues or to stay up to date with the most recent developments.

Process

Application

In order to apply, click the APPLY button at the top of this page. 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). The clearer your information, the faster the review can be completed. Please make sure to clarify how your project addresses decentralization!

Application 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.

Decision

Applicants will be notified via email of whether their proposal has been accepted or not.

If a proposal is successful, our team will follow-up with a call to review specific details around timelines and payment schedules.

Follow up

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

Alternative Funding Sources

There are many sources of funding available to projects in the Solana ecosystem. Depending on your progress, some might be better suited to your needs than others.

Ecosystem Funds

The Solana Foundation partnered with different stakeholders across the world and launched ecosystem funds dedicated to nurturing the Solana developer ecosystem. Multiple ecosystem funds are actively investing in projects building on the Solana blockchain. Their main goal is to provide projects with various resources, such as: funding, strategic advisory, industry connections, go to market strategy, and other extensive support to build meaningful products.

You can find a comprehensive list of active Eco-funds here.

Solana Capital

Solana Capital's mission is to accelerate the growth of the Solana blockchain and adjacent ecosystems by providing capital and business support to the most promising teams building in the crypto ecosystem. Solana Capital invests primarily in the pre-seed or seed stages of companies and is more heavily weighted towards token-based investments.

Hackathons

Solana Hackathons allow anyone with an internet connection to jumpstart their next project on Solana and join the fastest ecosystem in crypto.

Past prizes have exceeded $5,000,000 and have been distributed to projects in DeFi, Web3, and NFT.

Moreover, teams that have participated in these hackathons have often attracted the interest of investors keen on supporting strong new projects -- even if they were not ultimately selected for a hackathon specific prize.

For more information on the latest Hackathon see the Hackathon Hub here.

Additional Information