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

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 you go to vote or else it cannot be seen by Snapshot and will not count in your vote

  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. To be eligible for payout, grantees must pass KYC and execute a grant agreement.
  2. Payment will only be made to the address listed in the Snapshot proposal (i.e. the payee address in the original proposal on this forum) from the treasury linked here GnosisSafeProxy | Address 0x691f1CbCFede605f9989d7994562c65d83D6F145 | Etherscan
  3. Payment will happen according to the milestone schedule set forth in the proposal.
  4. Payments are subject to a milestone review by the Cartesi team. The milestone review report will be made public on this forum. The grant recipient is encouraged to post their own project updates to the forum and other channels, and respond to comments from the community, and to incorporate the public’s feedback as well.