The ssv.network 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:
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
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.
$30K - $50K
DVT as a 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. Core requirement is being non-custodial and enabling the selection of any set of network operators.
Up to $100K
DAO Treasury Staking
A service that has DAOs as its users, enabling DAOs to easily allocate and manage staked ETH.
Up to $100K
Enable defi protocols holding ETH to stake in a decentralized way.
Up to $100K
Predefined grant payments are encouraged to be in SSV or up to 30% in USDC (depending on the token inventory available).
Staking Pool Contracts
Develop open-source staking pool contracts that integrate to the ssv.network on the Goerli testnet (integration reference). Implementation should cover: • Validators registry initialization and upkeep • Validator activation (beacon chain deposit & ssv.network registration) • stETH minting, redemptions and rebasing
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 ssv.network. 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
Create code snippets in solidity to support and enrich the “staking pools” integration guide in the ssv.network documentation: • Validators registry setup • Deposits management • Validator activation • Liquid Staking Derivative Rebasing • Management Functions
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.
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 30% in USDC (depending on the token inventory available).
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 ssv.network 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?)
- 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 ssv.network forum.