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Grants
How the Zcash Foundation funds the Zcash ecosystem.

The Zcash Foundation funds Zcash development, research, and other ecosystem projects through a platform called ZF Grants. We explained how the platform works in the testnet launch blog post, and shortly the Foundation will publish a rubric for evaluating grant proposals. Open requests-for-proposal are listed on the ZF Grants website.

Screenshot of the ZF Grants homepage.

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Occasionally, the Foundation establishes separate agreements or partnerships, as with Parity Technologies and ZecWallet.

Beyond the RFPs, we wrote a list of potential ideas for grants. Qualified individuals or teams are welcome to flesh out their favorite prospects and submit them to ZF Grants as full proposals!

Grant Ideas

Wallets

  • Zcash hardware wallet support
  • Key-management tools
  • Physical storage (paper wallets or lightweight hardware) for z-addresses
    • Spending from such storage would be by importing the key to a full wallet, or by payment offloading

Core and Security

Mining

  • Integrate the best CPU miner from the Zcash Open Source Miner Challenge into zcashd, designed to run continuously in the background, solo-mining as a contribution to the decentralized network instead of as a business
  • Adapt Matt Corallo's BetterHash proposal for Zcash to decentralize mining participation
  • Build an alternative PoW puzzle and upgrade proposal (for ASIC-resistance or optimized ASIC production)

Layer-2

  • BOLT development
  • Lightning Network integration for Zcash

Ongoing Services

  • A "service status dashboard" site that monitors the status of the dozens of Zcash-related online services (e.g., those listed in this section, the network monitoring and anomaly detection suggestions listed above, as well as exchanges, software download sites, etc.), so that systemic problems can be identified at a glance
    • The monitoring website can check that the services are responding to web requests, as well as heuristically check that they are synchronized (e.g., blockchain height is correct and underlying zcashd is a recent version) and sensible (e.g., transaction volume and spot price are not zero)
  • Network monitoring and anomaly detection (as discussed above)
  • Continuous monitoring of third-party Zcash block explorers to identify discrepancies (indicative of failures or attacks)
  • Foundation-supported blockchain explorer
  • Proving key distribution
  • Light client servers / infrastructure

Education and Outreach

  • Translation to new languages
  • Zcash meetups
  • Zcash presentations, hackathons, or workshops
  • Scholarships for exceptional zero-knowledge researchers (Ph.Ds or postdocs)

Other places where promising ideas may be collected:

If you'd like to suggest a grant proposal idea, email contact@zfnd.org or make a pull request.

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