Rollup Community Grants

The Ethereum Foundation is sponsoring a wave of rollup community grants. Proposals are due April 16th 2021. Here are all the details you need.

Calling all those interested in building up the Ethereum rollup community!

The Ethereum ecosystem is likely to be all-in on rollups as a scaling strategy for the near and mid-term future (see Vitalik’s rollup centric ethereum roadmap). A variety of optimistic and zk-rollups are already in production or will go live soon.

As gas prices are soaring the most promising short term solution to getting a scalable EVM like developer experience is optimistic rollups. Therefore, in this round our wishlist emphasizes evm-optimistic rollups. However, don't let this restrict your creativity - we are accepting applications for all types of rollups.

The goal is to grow the rollup community and help to kickstart a flourishing ecosystem. We want to make it easy for dapps to live on multiple rollups and have user and developer experience for rollups on par with mainnet or better. Social recovery wallets could be made the default and it should be easy for users to move from one rollup to another even during prolonged periods of very high gas prices.

Wait, what are rollups?

Here some links to dive deeper:

Submit proposal

Anyone is free to participate (individuals and teams) in this grants round.

If you want to submit something but need some inspiration, check out the wishlist below.

Ideas and projects at any stage of development are welcome:

  • Idea phase.
  • Proof of concept.
  • Work in progress.
  • Fleshed out project.

Grants are decided on a case-by-case basis and you may enter more than one proposal! So long as each proposal is unique and meets the requirements.

Fill out all required fields before submitting

Deadline

The deadline for proposals is any time the day of April 16th 2021. We will follow-up with you about your submission by email.

Requirements

  • Proposals must be in English.
  • Work must be open source with a free and permissive license.
  • If published work, it must be accessible by a url.

Selection criteria

Surprise us with your creativity! But here are a few selection criteria considerations (depending on the submission type some criteria might not be applicable):

  • Potential impact on broadening the rollup community.
  • Quality of contribution to the rollup ecosystem.
  • Clarity, conciseness and organization of documentation.
  • Novelty supporting rollup adoption.
  • Insights that lead to substantive changes in rollup implementations or specifications.
  • Analyses or visualizations that help a non-technical audience gain insight into the networks.

Wishlist

The Ethereum Foundation is interested in the following things, but don't let this restrict your creativity.

Wallets

Enable users to send transactions across rollups.

Infrastructure

Make it easy to monitor and interact with rollups.

Community

Enable a community of rollup coordinators and verifiers to flourish.

Developer Experience

Make it easy for devs to deploy dApps on rollups.

Interoperability

Enable interaction between rollups.

Adoption

Onboard users to rollups.

Standards

The rollup space is very young, it is a good opportunity to establish standards.

Research

Find ways to make rollups more efficient.

Build new optimistic rollups

Explore the design space.

Next steps and support

Use the form above to submit your proposal.

For any general support questions about your submission, please email [email protected].

For technical questions about rollups, ideas or direction for proposals, and all things rollups, we invite you to join the EthereumRollupGrants telegram channel.

Frequently asked questions

Who can submit proposals for Optimistic Rollup Community Grants?

Anybody!

Feel free to submit as teams or individuals.

What makes for a good proposal?

The more detailed information, the better.

In short, we need enough information to understand your goals, your motivation and your challenges. The more details you provide, the more likely we’ll be able to help.

For example:

  • Showing a clear grasp of the problem you're trying to solve
  • Clearly identifying your project's impact and how it would help the rollup ecosystem
  • Detailed description of your project

What state does my idea or project need to be in?

Any stage of development!

If you have an idea or project that benefits the rollup community, we want to hear about it! The goal is to support regular, consistent work that pushes forward the rollup ecosystem.

The Rollup Community Grants is an open call for proposals. Which means, it's expected that some ideas or projects won't be fully shipped before the deadline, but instead require ongoing efforts.

What if I miss the deadline?

You can submit an inquiry for support through the Ecosystem Support Program.

The Ethereum Foundation has a general grants initiative called the Ecosystem Support Program (ESP).

If you miss the deadline for this dedicated round of grants, but have a proposal related to rollups, head on over to ESP.