Grant Proposal Template

I’m supportive of the new information requested in this updated template. It will make reviewing proposals a lot smoother.

One aspect I would like to better understand expectations on is the “OP received through the Governance Fund should not be sold by the grant recipient” rule. Is there an expected timeline for this request? In some cases, I would imagine teams requesting funding to further build on Optimism might need help in covering non-OP denominated expenses especially if they are building a public good. Is there an expectation that they can’t sell any tokens indefinitely even if means helping them fulfill the goal in the proposal?

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Thank you for the valuable feedback on the new proposal template! We’ve added 3 additional fields to reflect your feedback:

  • Please link to any previous projects the team has meaningfully contributed to:
  • Did the project apply for or receive OP tokens through the Foundation Partner Fund? Yes/No/In Process
  • If OP tokens were requested from the Foundation Partner Fund, what was the amount?

We hope this new template will save you valuable time and improve the delegate experience in Season 2!

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Much needed change! I spent a lot of time researching projects requesting funds, this template will make delegates’ lives much easier.

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I agree that proposals should include some subjective proposer generated data and analytics, which will be a great improvement vs what was available in cycles 3 and 4.

However, I’d also like to see some basic information to enable objective data and analytics professionals / community members to perform analysis for the Optimism community / delegates. Information could include:

  • All smart contracts relevant to the proposal, at minimum including (i) address, (ii) chain, (iii) description of the smart contract, (iv) if branded / marketed differently than proposal protocol…reason for inclusion (e.g., core team forked protocol, etc.). Even something similar to the Velodrome security page in docs would be a good start. Ideally across all chains so user base performance and brand loyalty could be observed

  • All relevant organization addresses (e.g., treasury address, DAO operational address, sub DAO addresses, etc.).

This would give analytics professionals a head start and if provided directly by the proposal team should cut down on cycles where contracts are missing, chains are missing, etc. (i.e., enables completeness of the on chain picture / performance).

There’s always a balance between zero data supported diligence vs overly restrictive diligence, but there is a lot of $OP up for grabs and I for one would like to execute some data diligence to objectively support or challenge proposer teams in a productive and optimistic way.

Additionally:

  • Would be great to hear feedback from other delegates if there are other key breadcrumbs which would be helpful in this context?
  • If formalized or structured in the future, a call with proposers to ask questions about trends and performance may be more efficient / productive than comments in discourse, but would require coordination. To make sure the proposer is being fairly represented by objective data analyses

Lastly, generally a minor point and may be overly prescriptive, but should probably suggest that teams make a linktr.ee or similar for their proposal as I know there are limits to the number of links to post in Discourse. Could make it easier for delegates to make sure they hit all the relevant key links and nothing is buried in comments.

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yep, it makes sense, but some grants are not directly for users, some projects use their allocation to make their projects better, for example, ‘rotki’ has used %100 of their allocation to fund their developers (they sold their allocation directly) these kinda projects are out of scope? or was it just a mistake? just asking. btw I also support these kinda incentives if It makes OP ecosystem better, if it is worthy, it is okay for me.

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would love to know if this apply to only Phase 1 gov token or Phase 0 as well ?

Some context:-

We had a discussion on this in past when Perp choose to self-delegate( I want to discuss project boosting their delegate power with governance fund ) but after our feedback they decided to revoke it.

Today, I saw that SNX team has done the same by using their phase 0 fund(Dune).
My opinion still remains the same, I think team should not use gov fund token to self-delegate

One thing I like to see is Foundation not micro-managing us but If we go though my thread on Perp, we are clearly divided here, one side find it against open gov while other doesnt and quite frankly I dont see us making any progress by repeating the same conversation again so I wont create a new thread.

My request from foundation would be to update the template to reflect if the rules apply to all grant fund or just Phase 1. Doing so will make the process more clear and put an end to this conversation.

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I just saw this entry. I was looking in the discord and here in the forum if someone had touched the subject of self-delegation. I have written this thread:

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A trivial loophole around the no-selling rule is posting OP as collateral. Should protocols be discouraged from borrowing against their granted OP?

I can imagine some strategic uses for this, e.g., temporarily increasing capacity as you wait to ‘spend’ your OP on whatever growth initiatives over some time period, but I’d imagine this would be the kind of thing that would have to be outlined well in advance.

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This is a fine line sure, because a sufficiently malicious interpretation would be post as collateral and then let it be liquidated since then the borrowed assets would be “free” to use.
What if a protocol posts the OP as collateral, borrows something and with that something buys more OP to use for delegation. Is this a realistic expectation?

The case you outlined I think falls within a non malicious, non governance attack. It’s protecting their granted assets while their plan bears fruit, as long as it’s clearly outlined from the beggining.

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Yeah, that’s a great set of examples spanning the range of possible intentions.

A lot of hangups we’ve faced in Season 1 have come from insufficiently defined expectations and somewhat clumsy post-hoc reactions, and frankly we’ve just scratched the surface of possible shenanigans protocols could engage in. Mere self-delegation as an unexpected activity could seem quaint by the end of the coming season.

My suggestion is that (until we come up with a better method than issuing a lump sum up front to be used over 3-12 months) we explicitly prohibit any movement of or action with OP except in accordance with what’s outlined in a proposal.

There are indeed strategic uses of in-reserve OP, and I think it’s fair not to outright prohibit any use that doesn’t directly translate to Optimism’s growth, so long as the final ‘action’ of the OP does work to grow the eco. But grantees should at min outline their strategies.

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Updated to include a field that asks proposers to specify a voting cycle to avoid ambiguity we’re encountering in Voting Cycle 6 about which proposals should be evaluated

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Updated to reflect changes related to the Grants Council

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Hi @lavande and @ben-chain
Do you have any response to Linda’s and ArabianHorses’ issues?

I.e. The blanket no-sale rule: Does it expire after a designated lock up period? Is there any allowance to use grants for the actual project that will be carried out?

It just seems odd that this rule has no stated expiry. What’s the incentive or reward for applying to and winning a grant from Season 3?
It seems like a paradox: Applicants are meant to incentivise growth, yet all the can do is effectively become an organisational bridge to hand over OP to its users. If these users are already familiar with Optimism then there is no growth, and if they are new to Optimism then why do they want OP (without at least at lot of future work & incurred costs by applicants to make OP appealing).

Sorry, I’m happy to be corrected, by anyone here. But what am I missing? Why are organisations applying for Season 3, to become obligated to future work, without a reward or incentive? In particular when this is meant for small scale experiments?

Disclosure: I’m strongly considering applying for Season 3 to help get a unique education program up and running in 2023, but after reading this Forum topic I’m confused as to why to volunteer for this ~6 month effort with zero help to meet the running costs of the project, let alone be rewarded for it (beyond the incurred costs).

Thanks for any advice or clarification.

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It is very good post. Thanks.

Hi, we created a grant proposal just before the end of the last voting cycle but unfortunately too late to finish by the cycle deadline. You can see this here . Now it seems that we don’t fit in either the Growth Experiments or Builder sub-committee outlines and the Partner fund looks to be intended for existing projects migrating to Optimism.

Could anyone suggest what we should do?

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Hi @Axel_T I think the idea is for OP tokens to be distributed to users and let them choose if they want to sell or not. Mainly to achieve decentralization. If you want/need funding there are other channels for it like Partnership Program, Retroactive public good funding, etc.

My own opinion is that OP tokens are tough to be a governance token. Even if they have a price, liquidity, and all. Their main use of them is to vote on the token house governance and this is why projects have a lock and no selling policy.

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Thanks @Gonna.eth I appreciate your direct response.

I don’t necessarily agree with your advice, as I don’t think it aligns with the Governance Fund’s goals and purpose, as outlined in the Optimism Docs and the Governance Fund Charter, and thus I don’t think it’s the best advice for the future of Optimism overall, but I still genuinely appreciate the response.

It’s always good to get other’s opinions, see how they interpret things, and you are still the only one to date who has responded to ArabianHorses’, Linda’s, and my own queries (all noted above) about this particular issue. So cheers! It’ll all be taken on board.

Have a great day!

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We’re working on clarifying for everyone and will publish an update to the grant proposal template shortly!

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