Rollup Community Grants

🚨 The deadline for submission has passed. Stay tuned for updates.

What if I missed the deadline?

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:

Proposal deadline

The deadline for proposals was April 16th 2021. Grants are decided on a case-by-base basis, and we will follow-up with you about your submission by email.

Interested in applying for a grant? You can still inquire through our general form.


  • 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.


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


Enable users to send transactions across rollups.


Make it easy to monitor and interact with rollups.


Enable a community of rollup coordinators and verifiers to flourish.

Developer Experience

Make it easy for devs to deploy dApps on rollups.


Enable interaction between rollups.


Onboard users to rollups.


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


Find ways to make rollups more efficient.

Build new optimistic rollups

Explore the design space.

Next steps and support

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?


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.