The first Zcash Foundation Grant Program - a natural extension of the Foundation’s three-pillar Mission to serve the community, protocol, and broader cryptographic science, - has been announced.
The Call For Proposals describes the need for novel, underserved ideas worthy of ZEC grants:
The scope of activities is broad, and can include: software development (e.g., wallet software, libraries, etc.), infrastructure development and maintenance (e.g., hosting forums and block explorer services, etc.), education and outreach, science and research, and many more. The Zcash Foundation is a non-profit organization, and is therefore especially interested in funding proposals that are public goods and not obviously monetizable. We are not looking to fund startup companies that can seek crowdfunding or venture capital investing, or websites that sell advertising space. The intended scale is 1 to 6 person-months of effort, plus direct expenses such as servers and cloud services.
The Call For Proposals by Zcash team
According to the announcement, the theme for this round of grants sits staunchly in the first pillar of the Foundation’s Mission; namely for community development, and specifically for “community infrastructure.”
Ideas should be submitted by September 15th, 2017.
As reported, The Foundation is especially grateful to the Grant Review Committee—Alex Biryukov, Eran Tromer, Gibson Ashpool, Vlad Zamfir, and Zaki Manian—for volunteering their time to review the proposals.
Beyond the Grant program, the Foundation will be ramping up its activities and outreach in the coming months.