About the Program

What is the difference between “Ecosystem Support Program” and “Ethereum Grants Program”?

The Ecosystem Support Program is an expansion of the original Ethereum Grants Program which mainly focused on financial support. The Ecosystem Support Program was created to leverage Ethereum Foundation resources to increase the Ethereum ecosystem’s capacity to self-sustain and thrive. Awarding grants continues to be an important tool for us; but impact often takes more than just money, so we’ve expanded the range of support we provide. Our goal is to take an individual approach to each project, working together to establish realistic goals and offering support targeted to facilitate those goals.

What can Ecosystem Support help with?

To give you an idea of what the Ecosystem Support Program can do for you, here is a non-exhaustive list some of the ways we have helped other applicants.

We have:

  • Awarded grants
  • Provided feedback and direction on a project
  • Facilitated collaborations with other teams and individuals
  • Found mentors and advisors
  • Connected projects to community members in the same geographical area
  • Connected projects to others working in the same topic area
  • Facilitated project participation in events (hackathons, conferences, etc.) to meet the community, showcase work, and get feedback
  • Provided introduction to other funding programs

We are still expanding the scope of our support, so if what you’re looking for is not on this list, please get in touch and let us know what you need!

About the Process

Who can apply?

Newcomers to Ethereum, established projects, and past grantees are all welcome and encouraged to reach out. Whether you’re facing a specific challenge and don’t know who to ask or where to go, or know exactly what you need and hope we can help you access it, feel free to submit an inquiry. The best way to find out if the Ecosystem Support Program is a good fit for your project is through a two-way conversation.

What types of projects are you interested in? Some previous areas of focus have been 2.0 clients, state channels, scaling/layer 2, zero knowledge proofs and more - but we’re always open to new ideas. If you think your project will make Ethereum better for everyone, we want to hear about it!

Are you open to enterprise? Of course! We are happy to work with for-profit entities that are contributing to the Ethereum ecosystem, although enterprise projects are likely to be better suited to receive non-financial support such as mentorship, introductions to domain experts, or facilitated collaborations.

What happens after an inquiry is submitted?

You’ll be assigned a guide, who will be a consistent point of contact to help you navigate the process. There will be an initial conversation and peer review to determine whether the program is a good fit for your project and what types of support might be most appropriate. If it seems like a fit, you’ll enter the next phase of formally applying for a grant, exploring other resources, or both. Whichever track(s) you embark on, your guide will be with you every step of the way.

Ecosystem Support Program Process

How long will it take before I hear back from you? You should hear from us within about two weeks after you get in touch. If your inquiry progresses to a grant application, the overall process may take a few weeks to a few months depending on the scope and complexity of your project.

Is my application confidential? Any information you provide may be shared in the peer-review process, so be mindful of what you decide to include.

Can grants be paid out in ETH? We can provide payment in ETH or Fiat currency.