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Moonbeam's grant application process is designed to support projects that contribute to the growth and advancement of the Moonbeam ecosystem. Our grants are tailored to support projects at various stages of development, from early-stage startups to more established teams looking to scale their operations. Moonbeam's $10 million Innovation Fund invests in early stage projects that advance integrated web3. The fund's initial focus areas are web3 gaming and RWAs, areas that promise to onboard millions of new users to web3 by creating real world value. The fund may invest outside of these areas in projects of outstanding utility. Recipients receive investments of $100K - $250K in addition to mentorship, technical support, and an introduction to Moonbeam's VC network.

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Community committee grants

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Community committee grants

These grants are managed by 2 Moonbeam Foundation members with 3 community-elected experts for a six-month term. They provide not only financial support but also technical assistance, co-marketing, mentorship, and strategic guidance to help innovative startups thrive within the Moonbeam ecosystem.


Step 01

Complete and submit a grant application with accuracy and detail.

Initial Screening

Step 02

The Community Grants Committee or designated service provider will reach out to the grant applicant to schedule a call so they can review the information provided. Based on the information provided in this phase and in the grant application, the reviewer will decide whether the project moves forward based on the community-approved Grant Guidelines.

Committee Review & Diligence

Step 03

The Community Grants Committee and designated service providers will explore the project, concept, and grant request and assess the project according to the community-approved grant guidelines.


Step 04

After the diligence phase, the Community Grants Committee will vote on whether the application should be accepted or rejected. A grant application is approved if at least three Community Grants Committee Members vote “Aye” with at least one of the Foundation Community Grants Committee Members voting “Aye”. A grant application will not be accepted if there are more Nay Community Grants Committee votes than Aye votes.

Implementation & Follow-Up

Step 05

Teams with approved grants can start working toward the milestones outlined in the grant.

Ecosystem grants

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Ecosystem grants

Through the Ecosystem Grants program, the Moonbeam Foundation offers extensive support to empower established projects, helping them achieve significant milestones and expand their impact. These grants are distributed through a structured, metrics-driven allocation framework that was developed in collaboration with Gauntlet to enhance transparency, community alignment, and the strategic distribution of funds for maximum effectiveness.

Community-Aligned Framework

The Moonbeam Foundation, with recommendations from Gauntlet, has developed a structured and community-aligned framework for its ecosystem grant allocation. By establishing consensus on the framework's structure and key metrics, setting default growth expectations, and evaluating grant recipients against consistent metrics, the process promotes transparency, adaptability, and community involvement.

Metrics for Impact Assessment

The Moonbeam Foundation is committed to capturing and evaluating a comprehensive set of metrics to assess the impact of its grants effectively. These metrics include:

  • TVL: the total USD value locked within the protocol, indicating the amount of capital deposited by users
  • DAU: the number of unique users who interact with the protocol within a 24-hour period.
  • Trading Volume: the cumulative value of all trades executed on the platform, converted to USD
  • Trading Fees: The total fees collected by the protocol as a percentage of the trading volume
  • Capital Efficiency: The ratio of trading volume to TVL, indicating how effectively the protocol uses its locked capital to generate activity.
Growth Expectations & Market Conditions

By establishing default growth expectations for each metric based on the protocol's lifecycle stage and taking overall market conditions into account, the Moonbeam Foundation ensures a consistent and objective evaluation process. This approach allows for tailored assessments that recognize the unique development phases of each project, ensuring that metrics are relevant and achievable.

By incorporating market conditions into the evaluation, the foundation can adjust expectations to reflect the broader economic environment, promoting fairness and accuracy in the assessment of grant impacts

Before and After Assessment

To comprehensively evaluate the impact of grants, recipients are required to gather median daily values of the key metrics over a two-month period prior to receiving the grant. Following the grant period, recipients must also provide corresponding "after" metrics. This before-and-after assessment allows for a clear comparison of performance, enabling the community to measure the effectiveness of grants accurately and transparently.

Strategic Fund Allocation

Gauntlet's recommendations highlight specific allocations for future grants:

  • 30% to decentralized exchanges (DEXes)
  • 25% to lending protocols
  • 25% to cross-chain interaction applications
  • 20% to innovative products.

This strategic distribution aims to strengthen the foundational infrastructure of the Moonbeam ecosystem, prioritizing critical sectors like DEXes and lending protocols while also fostering growth through interoperability and innovation.

On-Chain Ratification

The allocation of funds within the Ecosystem Grants program is ultimately ratified by the Moonbeam community through an on-chain vote. This decentralized decision-making process ensures that the community retains direct control over how grant funds are distributed, aligning with the principles of transparency and democratic governance.