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Calling Based Builders

Builder Grants are ongoing experiments to recognize Base builders

Learnings so far

We're constantly working to make the Base ecosystem a great place for builders, and one of the ways we're doing this is through grants.

So far we’ve distributed grants through hackathons (like at ETH Denver and 100 Builders) and onchain platforms (like Prop House’s Onchain Summer, Build on Base, Based Accounts, and Stand with Crypto rounds). Base builders are also eligible for grants through Optimism's RetroPGF and investments through the Base Ecosystem Fund led by Coinbase Ventures. 

We’ve also learned a lot. Most importantly, we learned that the speed of getting capital to builders is critical. Especially early on in projects where things move quickly. 

To fill the gap for builders, we’re introducing Builder Grants. These are small grants for builders with early ideas or initial prototypes, hacking away on nights and weekends. Like our other grants programs, this will be another experiment and we’re excited to continue to iterate.

Builder Grants

Our north star is to quickly and efficiently get resources into the hands of the people making the most meaningful contributions to Base.

Some things we will consider when looking to give out a Builder Grant:

  • Is the builder creating something unique and fun?

  • Is the builder bringing more users onchain?  

  • Is the builder's contribution live and making an impact?

We will mostly be relying on our own discovery process to find these grantees, but if you want to nominate someone you can submit a nomination here. Our team will be in touch if you are selected for a grant. 

Whether it’s a new dapp, design, or dashboard—we can’t wait to see what you come up with. 

We are treating this program as a living organism - we don't have the perfect answers, so we'll be experimenting and iterating based on what we see working. If you have ideas and feedback, we would love to hear!


What is the review process for grants? 

The grants review team is made up of builders on the Base team. We find grants through Twitter, Farcaster, and nominations submitted from the community in the form here.

We then spend time testing and using, before deliberating on issuing a grant based on some of the criteria mentioned above.

Given the number of inbound requests, we will not be responding to all requests and only reach out if you are selected. 

How large are Base grants? 

Grants currently range from 1 - 5 ETH. This is an experiment - we may adjust or change this program as we learn.

What information do you collect from grant recipients? 

We collect W8/W9 forms from all grant recipients for KYC, tax, compliance, and legal reasons.

Please only respond to messages from the @buildonbase or Base team member accounts on Twitter (followed by @BuildonBase).

The information provided in this document is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended as and should not be relied upon as financial, legal, tax, or other professional advice. You should consult with a professional advisor before making any decisions based on this information. We make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, or availability with respect to the information contained in this document. Any reliance you place on such information is strictly at your own risk.

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