Community

Community Fund

Overview

The Stellar Community Fund (SCF) gives the broader Stellar community the opportunity to vote on which long term projects they believe deserve SDF seed funding. Any project built on Stellar can apply and participate!

Every 3 months, 8 participants have the chance to split a pool of 3 million lumens.

Timeline

Each SCF round consists of 4 phases covering 13 weeks. 

The submission phase: 

During this phase, participants submit their proposals to GalacticTalk.org. Late submissions will not be eligible for the current round. The submission phase lasts 4 weeks.

The discussion phase: 

The discussion phase is the participation and learning phase. Discussion and community participation is highly encouraged. It is fundamentally the most important part of the Stellar Community Fund. Not only does it give participants valuable feedback, it allows them to position themselves as advocates for their proposal and overall growth of the ecosystem.

This round is strictly dedicated to the sharing and discussion of project proposals within the community. Community members should take this time to ask participants questions about their proposals, submit suggestions, and engage with any active elements 

The discussion phase lasts 4 weeks. 

The nomination phase: 

This is the first round of voting. Stellar community members will vote for their favorite project proposals. Each voter must select 3 entries but can vote on up to 8 different entries. The top 8 nominees move to the final vote phase.

Nomination takes place over 2 weeks. There will be a one week pause after the nomination phase before the final vote begins.

The final vote: 

In this phase, the top 8 proposals enter a final vote which guides the lumen distribution. Voters choose their 3 favorite proposals from the top 8. 

Lumens are distributed based on the final percentage of the votes. For example, if a winning project receives 20% of the vote, they will receive 20% of the awarded lumens (600,000XLM of the 3M XLM pool).

The final vote phase lasts 1 week and there will be a one week gap before each new round begins.

Proposals Submission

All proposals should be submitted as a new thread to GalacticTalk.org under the SCF | proposals category. Proposals should be classified by category. Are you building an application, writing a resource, or planning an event? Choose appropriately. Below are category descriptions.

Applications, Tools & Infrastructure: 

This is the ‘developer’ category. If your project is built on Stellar—or is a tool that supports developing on Stellar—your proposal belongs here. All submissions to this category must have a functional / live element. For example: if you are creating a library, you must have reviewable code; if you are building an application, people must be able to demo it.

Resources & Content:

This is the category for people who want to flex their creative muscles. Do you have a great series of tutorials, a podcast, or website that can help educate people about Stellar? If so, your proposal fits within this category. 

This category requires drafts or rough cuts of your proposed content. People must be able to read and review your submitted samples.

Events & Programs:

This is the category for broader Stellar outreach. Are you planning on hosting a workshop or community-driven program? If so, this is the category for you. This category requires that you share a plan for execution. Depending on the scope of this effort you will need to provide items such as proposed venues, curriculum, timelines, guests, costs, etc.

Submission Template

Image: 1200x630 image preview of your project or brand

Title: The name of your project. (Please adhere to the Stellar brand policy)

Summary: A simple sentence summarizing the why of your project

Category: Choose one the three categories (Applications, Tools & Infrastructure | Resources & Content | Events & Programs)

Goals: What your project plans to accomplish broken down by objectives

Description: The description should answer questions like “what does your project enable users to do?” “Why is your project valuable for Stellar?” and “How does your project use Stellar?” It should also cover what platforms the project supports (ex; Windows, Chrome, etc.) and relevant documentation. This section should be very detailed.

Links: Links to your application, code repository, supporting materials, and/or home site. If you are submitting a proposal for content pieces (like walkthroughs), please provide links to the content pieces.

Tags: Tag your project. Examples can be “sdk, javascript, party, game, book, event, etc.”  

Voting

Voting will take place in two rounds. A nomination round and an award round. 

Voting takes place on stellarcommunity.fund.

Submission Eligibility

Applicable law and our internal policies restrict us from providing lumen awards for certain categories of projects. If your project is in one of our prohibited categories, it will not be eligible for an award. If you are unsure whether your project falls inside these one or more of these categories, please contact us and verify!

Regardless of the community’s voting outcome, a submission will be ineligible to receive an award if it:

  • violates any applicable laws, regulations, orders, judgments, decrees, guidance, or other legal authority;
  • involves, facilitates, supports, or promotes unlawful activities, including, but not limited to: fraud, drug trafficking, purchases on dark web markets, theft, illegal arms trafficking, human trafficking, abduction, extortion, embezzlement, corruption of public officials, acts of terrorism or terrorist financing, and intellectual property violations;
  • involves, facilitates, or promotes gambling;
  • is offensive, deceptive, harmful, or libelous;
  • is or contains sexually obscene content;
  • is discriminatory or abusive toward any individual or group;
  • contains, transmit, or instills malware or phishing pages or devices; or
  • infringes or violates any proprietary right of any party, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of privacy, right of publicity, or other rights.