Sunday, April 21, 2024

Launching the Zcash Minor Grants Program

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At the moment, we’re saying a brand new, experimental Zcash Basis (ZF) grants program, which we now have nicknamed “Minor Grants”. That is meant to enrich the Main Grants program (aka Zcash Neighborhood Grants) by offering a supply of funding for smaller grants. We hope that this may cut back the variety of smaller grant purposes which are submitted to ZCG, thus enabling them to focus their consideration on bigger, extra vital grants which are extra consistent with what the Main Grants program is meant to fund. Moreover, we want to create a channel for grant purposes that aren’t straight Zcash-related however discover broader purposes of zero data proofs or different approaches to monetary privateness, consistent with our charitable function. 

The utmost grant dimension for this Minor Grants program shall be $25,000, and the funds is $75,000. 

We additionally wish to interact the Zcash neighborhood, and benefit from the “knowledge of the gang” by polling the Zcash Neighborhood Advisory Panel (ZCAP) relating to which grants ought to be funded.

We plan to see how this primary iteration of this system goes, what number of and what kind of grant purposes are submitted, how the neighborhood responds and the suggestions we obtain, earlier than deciding whether or not to repeat or prolong this system sooner or later.  

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The Software Course of

Purposes should be submitted by way of the ZF grants platform, and candidates should conform to signal ZF’s grant settlement, and endure the ZF KYC course of if their software is profitable. 

The deadline to submit a grant software is 09:00 UTC on Monday twentieth March. 

ZF will assessment all purposes, and can reject any grant purposes which are deemed unsuitable (see the FAQs part beneath for examples of why ZF might decide a grant software to be unsuitable below this program). Appropriate purposes will then be submitted to a ballot of ZCAP to find out which ought to be funded. Candidates who’re members of ZCAP is not going to be eligible to take part on this ballot. 

We purpose to publish the listing of appropriate grant purposes, and open the ZCAP ballot by third April. The ZCAP ballot will stay open for roughly two weeks, and we hope to announce the outcomes on seventeenth April. 

As that is the primary time we’re operating this program, we don’t actually know what to anticipate, so  this timeline could also be topic to alter. We are going to attempt to maintain candidates and the neighborhood apprised of any modifications or delays. 

To be eligible for funding, a grant software should obtain higher than 50% approval from the individuals within the ZCAP ballot. Eligible grants will then be funded so as of precedence decided by the extent of ZCAP’s approval, and because the complete funds permits. There shall be no partial funding of grants. 

Instance of how the Zcash ballot will work

Within the instance beneath, ten appropriate grant purposes for various quantities had been voted on in a ZCAP ballot that had a turnout of 134 with a $75,000 USD complete funds.

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Grant title Quantity ZCAP Approval Votes ZCAP Approval (%) Eligible for funding? Funded? Cumulative funding
Alpha $15,000 128 96% Sure Sure $15,000
Beta $9,000 127 95% Sure Sure $24,000
Gamma $1,200 109 81% Sure Sure $25,200
Delta $25,000 102 76% Sure Sure $50,200
Epsilon $20,000 97 72% Sure Sure $70,200
Zeta $18,000 91 68% Sure No
Theta $1,800 88 66% Sure Sure $72,000
Kappa $5,500 72 54% Sure No
Sigma $1,000 62 47% No
Omega $12,000 57 43% No

On this instance, the approval threshold to be eligible for funding can be 68 votes.

The Zeta and Kappa grants wouldn’t be funded as a result of there can be inadequate funding remaining within the funds (after funding grants with greater approval rankings) to fund these grants.

Nonetheless, the Theta grant can be funded as a result of, whereas it achieved a decrease approval score than Zeta, it’s sufficiently small that it could possibly be funded out of the remaining funds.

The Sigma and Omega grants wouldn’t be eligible for funding as a result of they failed to attain a greater-than-50% approval score within the ZCAP ballot.


What’s the Zcash Basis’s mission?
Our mission on the Zcash Basis is to construct monetary privateness infrastructure for the general public good, by serving to maintain and enhance open monetary networks that permit anybody and everybody to guard their very own privateness, on their very own phrases. Whereas our main focus is the Zcash protocol and blockchain, we additionally assist broader purposes of zero data proofs, in addition to different approaches to monetary privateness.

Do grant purposes must be Zcash-related?
No. Any grant that aligns with the Zcash Basis’s mission is appropriate for the Minor Grants program.

Do grant purposes must be Zcash-related?
No. Any grant that aligns with the Zcash Basis’s mission is appropriate for the Minor Grants program.

Below what circumstances would ZF reject a grant software as unsuitable?
Listed here are some examples of why ZF might reject a grant software:

  • The grant’s function shouldn’t be congruent with the Basis’s mission.
  • The grant doesn’t, in our estimation, symbolize worth for cash.
  • We’ve got cause to consider that the applicant shouldn’t be able to delivering on the grant.
  • The aim of the grant would violate U.S. regulation or contravene the Zcash Basis’s obligations below U.S. IRS 501(c)(3).


Can candidates stay pseudonymous?
Candidates can maintain their id personal however they have to endure the ZF KYC course of if their software is profitable, which incorporates disclosing and verifying their id to ZF.

The place is the funding for this program coming from?
This program is being funded by the Zcash Basis, from its slice of the Dev Fund.

My software to the ZCG program was rejected. Can I re-apply to the Minor Grants program?

Can present and former recipients of ZCG grants apply for a Minor Grant?

Can I submit a number of Minor Grant purposes?

I’ve a query that’s not answered right here.
You possibly can put up inquiries to this subject on the Zcash Neighborhood Discussion board. Alternatively, you possibly can e-mail

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