Eligibility Criteria

The following is a list of the Avalanche Community Grants Program eligibility criteria and guidelines.

There will be additional round-specific criteria. This list is not exhaustive; use common sense and avoid trying to find loopholes. The following list is indicative and should help applicants understand the program’s ethos and goals:

General Guidelines and Requirements:

  • Verified Github (if applicable) and/or Twitter account
  • A single grant can only qualify for matching from one pool if multiple Foundation rounds are running at the same time.
  • Project Update - If you are a returning grantee, you must provide an update on what work has been accomplished since the last grant round from which your project received funding.

Additionally, the following are not permitted in Avalanche Community Rounds:

  • Hateful Content - No racist, sexist, or otherwise hateful speech, no discrimination
  • Deceiving Users - Malicious content that could cause harm or unintended consequences to users
  • Falsification - Any type of hacking to falsify a contribution is prohibited. No encouraging or enabling Sybil attacks or other forms of malicious manipulation of the grants platform or the Gitcoin community
  • Fraud & Impersonation - Claiming to be a brand or person you are not. The Grant owner must be directly affiliated with the project; the funds must go to the project and be used for the purposes stated in the Grant’s details
  • Quid Pro Quo & Bribery - The Grant may not have any form of quid pro quo that has financial value (a scenario in which a user gets some additional unique benefit/award in return for their donation)
  • Advertising - Using grants to showcase something you are selling, like a token sale or NFT drop
  • Well-capitalized projects - Does not have prior external funding of over $500k USD via venture capital, token launches, or NFT sales
  • Grantees cannot be subject to sanctions, and funding cannot be used in violation of any applicable law, rules, or regulations (for example, those addressing sanctions, financing of terrorism, and anti-money-laundering)
  • Grantees can be eliminated from consideration in the round if they are found to be encouraging or enabling Sybil attacks or other forms of malicious manipulation of the grants platform or the Avalanche and Gitcoin communities.

Avalanche Criteria:

  • Projects and grantees must contribute to the Avalanche Ecosystem in some demonstrable way. The grant must aim to support or directly advance the Avalanche ecosystem.
    This include areas like:
    ** Public Goods Software
    ** Analytics
    ** Education
    ** On-Chain Infrastructure and Protocols
    ** Gaming
    ** NFT / Arts & Culture
    ** Consumer Applications

  • History of contributing to the Avalanche Ecosystem: while this is not a hard requirement, previous contributions by applicants to the Avalanche ecosystem will be taken into consideration for admission into grant rounds.