SSV Grants Program
SSV Grants Program

SSV Grants Program

The Grants Program is a community-led grants program to fund development teams building decentralized staking applications and services with the intent of promoting and accelerating development and innovation by developers building on top of the network.

Predefined Grants ($5K - $100K)

A grant allocation of 75K SSV + $750 USDC of predefined grants:

Staking Pool
Develop a staking pool on SSV or integrate SSV with an existing pool. Basic functionality is being able to stake whatever amount of ETH
$30K - 70K
Staking Service
Run a staking service that uses SSV as its backend. Operation should manage SSV related barriers such as fees and payments on behalf of stakers.
Institutional Staking Service
A centralized institutional staking service using SSV to decentralize their backend. Can set up all nodes or choose other operators.
Operators Metadata
Lead the community initiative on standardizing operator metadata, and develop a framework which enables operators to store and manage their metadata through trustless and verifiable off-chain storage protocol which is accessible to 3rd party applications (e.g. ssv explorer & webapp).
DAO Treasury Staking
A service that has DAOs as its users, enabling DAOs to easily allocate and manage staked ETH.
Defi Staking
Enable defi protocols holding ETH to stake in a decentralized way.
Predefined grant payments are encouraged to be in SSV or up to 50% in USDC (depending on the token inventory available).

Micro-grants (<$5K)

Grant Types

Staking Pool Contracts
Develop open-source staking pool contracts that integrate to the on the Goerli testnet (integration reference). Implementation should cover: • Validators registry initialization and upkeep • Validator activation (beacon chain deposit & registration) • stETH minting, redemptions and rebasing
Node Tracker
Develop a service that tracks the geolocation of all active nodes of the
SSV Key Distributor GUI
Develop a desktop GUI application for the SSV Key Distributor tool, compatible to run on Windows, MacOS and Linux operating systems.
White-label Staking Interface
Create an open-source white-label interface for solo stakers that could be utilized by 3rd parties (e.g. staking service for their B2C onboarding) to stake through the The interface needs to be configured to hardcode validator operations to a specific cluster of operators or present only operators within a whitelist of operators.
Integration Guide Code Snippets

Retroactive Awards

Unlike the other grant types, Micro-Grants can be awarded in advance but more often retroactively. Micro-Grants honor those who significantly contributed to the community and the project in unforeseen ways and where those efforts don't match one of the other grant areas. A single committee member can award micro-grants up to $5k. Anyone in the community can be awarded or suggest a candidate. A good example of a Micro-Grant is the creation of smaller tools for the ecosystem or significant moderation, marketing, or support during specific periods, e.g., the incentivized testnet.

Micro-Grant payments are 100% in SSV.

Open Grants

A completely open grant allocation of 75K SSV + $750 USDC, where it is up to the applicants to describe and justify the requested amount.

Open grants MUST NOT copy any of the pre-defined grants.

Open grant payments are encouraged to be in SSV or up to 50% in USDC (depending on the token inventory available).

Bug Bounties

Bug bounties are defined by severity and urgency by the grant committee. This is a variable budget allocation, such that it will only be spent if bugs are found and reported.

Bug bounties grant allocation is capped at 300K SSV (mintings will be performed when payments are to be issued).

Bug bounty payments are 100% in SSV.

Evaluation of Grant Applications

Grants will be evaluated for:

  • Need or use case
  • Technical feasibility and capability of the team, team track record
  • Team involvement in thus far (participating in the testnet? Know the protocol and its core value proposition)
  • Requested grant size
  • Project timelines and execution schedule
  • Competitiveness to similar grant applications
  • Innovation and uniqueness
  • Vision (why build it? Is the project in line with the network’s overall goals?)
  • Product license - who and how can make use of products originating from the grant (for example, code produced by a grant is open source? What license?)

Grant Lifecycle

  • All grant applications will be submitted via the application form.
  • Grants will be evaluated by the Grants Committee
    • Initial evaluation & feedback will be communicated with applicants up to 60 days from submission
      • re-submission and adjustments could be required.
  • The Grants Committee will vote on the approval of the application.
    • The committee can decide to accept the application in whole / partially or reject it.
  • The Grants Committee will communicate their decision (approval or rejection) to the applicant.
  • Accepted grant applications will be published on the forum.


Approved Grants
Grant Calls AMAs

Grants Application Form