Review process, rules, and guidelines

Applicant Project Guidelines

For more details about how the Cartesi Community Grants Program will operate, see this post.

The Cartesi Community Grants Program is dedicated to funding projects that promote the sustainable growth of the Cartesi ecosystem, with a primary focus on public goods projects, reusable infrastructure, and reusable DApp components.

Examples of the projects falling under the Community Grants Program’s mandate include:

  • A DAO governance tool running on Cartesi technology
  • An order book that can be integrated into DeFi applications running on Cartesi technology
  • Tooling and convenience layers (such as DApp development frameworks)
  • An aggregator or sequencer for Cartesi Rollups
  • Open-source front ends (such as a wallet UI)

Examples of the types of projects that would likely fall outside of the Community Grants Program’s mandate include:

  • Full scale development of a DApp that implements a profit model (note that open-source back-end logic for such DApps may properly fall within the Grants Program’s mandate depending on ecosystem impact and reusability)
  • A branded or closed-source front-end
  • DApps that do not require Cartesi technology to run or could be better implemented without it

Note- Applications that are community/event/education focused:

There are also applications that fall outside of the Community Grants Program’s mandate, but are likely well-aligned with initiatives run by other Cartesi branches, such as the Developer Relations group, Business Ambassador group, and Community Management/growth group. Each of those groups have their own budgets and evaluation procedures for funding projects, and are separate from the Community Grants Program and its budget and processes. In the case that your application does not meet CGP standards, but may be palatable to a separate program, the appropriate Cartesi Contributor will reach out to you, and may move the discussion off of this forum. Examples of such projects include:

  • Request for funding an event or workshop
  • Building an educational course or something where the applicant is not the one building with the technology themselves.
  • Request for funding of building a local developer community

We recognize that some decisions regarding which applications fall within the Grants Program mandate may be subjective in nature. The Grant Council will provide a full and public explanation for any grant applications that are rejected for falling outside of the Grants Program mandate.


Apply for a Cartesi Community Grant and receive funding to help your project flourish! Here’s how:

  1. Post your proposal as a new topic on
  2. Gather constructive feedback on your proposal
    2. 1 (optional, but encouraged!) Share to your network and with the Cartesi community over on Discord
  3. Make updates according to feedback to help your proposal succeed in a vote.
    3. 1. Note: You’ll need at least 7 constructive interactions before your proposal can be considered for elevation to a vote.
  4. Ready to submit? Add [REVIEW] to the title, and an admin will convene the Grants Council to judge its feasibility and whether it should pass to a vote on Snapshot.
  5. Once your proposal passes the Grants Council, it will be locked and put to a vote on Snapshot.
  6. Voting on Snapshot will last for 7 days.
  7. Proposal succeeds? Congratulations! Let’s get your project off the ground!
  • NOTE about Veto power:
    • Grant council has veto power over Snapshot vote if there are concerns that arise about team legitimacy, voting manipulation, violation of community standards, etc.
    • Grievances shall be made public and findings posted on the proposal thread on discourse.
    • This will be done with a round of review, interview with applicant, internal discussion, and a final decision to veto (which must be unanimous).
  1. If the vote does not succeed with funding, an admin will tag the proposal as [REJECTED] on Discourse and the proposal may not be submitted again in the form that it was when it was voted on.


Want to help shape the Cartesi ecosystem? Vote for which projects receive funding! Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Voting lasts for 7 days on the Snapshot space Snapshot.

  2. You have two choices when voting:

  3. “Vote to fund this proposal” and “Vote to not fund this proposal”

  4. You can change your vote at any time during the 7 day voting period, but the proposal cannot be edited.

  5. Voting power is proportional 1:1 to the amount of CTSI tokens that a voting wallet has staked in a pool.

  6. You must stake your CTSI 12 hours before the proposal is posted on Snapshot or else your CTSI cannot be seen by Snapshot and will not be counted toward your vote. Thus, it’s a good idea to keep tokens staked perpetually if you wish to take part in the decision making processes in the project!

  7. Tokens held in a wallet, private node, or elsewhere, are not counted toward voting.

  8. If you are a pool manager, only your own personal tokens will count toward your vote (i.e. tokens in the pool you manage are not counted toward your vote).

  9. Voting does not cost CTSI. CTSI never leaves the staking pool and never changes hands when voting.

  10. Once the voting period ends you can unstake -but why do that when you’re earning staking rewards?!


  1. Grant Agreement and Contracts: There are no grant agreements or contracts to sign. Instead, the CGP Program manager will conduct public milestone/checkpoint evaluations throughout the project’s duration. The evaluation results will be made public on the proposal thread.

  2. Payment Address: Payments will only be made to the address specified in the Snapshot proposal, which is the payee address provided in the original proposal on the forum. The treasury address for payment can be found at GnosisSafeProxy | Address 0x691f1CbCFede605f9989d7994562c65d83D6F145 | Etherscan.

  3. Payment Schedule: Payments will be made according to the milestone/deliverable schedule outlined in the proposal, but only upon successful evaluations.

  4. Milestone/Checkpoint Reviews: Payments are contingent on a milestone/checkpoint review conducted by the Cartesi team. The review report for each milestone will be made public on the forum. The grant recipient is encouraged to share project updates on the forum and other channels, respond to community comments, and incorporate public feedback into their project.

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