Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Launching the Zcash Minor Grants Program

Zcash Minor Grants

At the moment, we’re asserting 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 Group Grants) by offering a supply of funding for smaller grants. We hope that this may scale back the variety of smaller grant purposes which can be submitted to ZCG, thus enabling them to focus their consideration on bigger, extra important grants which can be extra in step 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, in step with our charitable objective. 

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

We additionally need to interact the Zcash neighborhood, and make the most of the “knowledge of the gang” by polling the Zcash Group Advisory Panel (ZCAP) relating to which grants must 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 lengthen this system sooner or later.  

The Utility Course of

Purposes have to be submitted through the ZF grants platform, and candidates should conform to signal ZF’s grant settlement, and bear 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 evaluation all purposes, and can reject any grant purposes which can be deemed unsuitable (see the FAQs part beneath for examples of why ZF could choose a grant software to be unsuitable underneath this program). Appropriate purposes will then be submitted to a ballot of ZCAP to find out which must be funded. Candidates who’re members of ZCAP is not going to be eligible to take part on this ballot. 

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

As that is the primary time we’re working 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 hold 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 whole funds permits. There will probably 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 whole funds.

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Grant identify 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 increased approval rankings) to fund these grants.

Nevertheless, the Theta grant can be funded as a result of, whereas it achieved a decrease approval ranking than Zeta, it’s sufficiently small that it might 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 realize a greater-than-50% approval ranking 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 enable anybody and everybody to guard their very own privateness, on their very own phrases. Whereas our major 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.

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

  • The grant’s objective just isn’t congruent with the Basis’s mission.
  • The grant doesn’t, in our estimation, symbolize worth for cash.
  • We now have purpose to imagine that the applicant just isn’t able to delivering on the grant.
  • The aim of the grant would violate U.S. regulation or contravene the Zcash Basis’s obligations underneath U.S. IRS 501(c)(3).


Can candidates stay pseudonymous?
Candidates can hold their identification non-public however they need to bear the ZF KYC course of if their software is profitable, which incorporates disclosing and verifying their identification 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 may publish inquiries to this subject on the Zcash Group Discussion board. Alternatively, you may e-mail

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