I would like to start a discussion around the longevity of previous Zcash grant recipients and how many of them are still working on Zcash now. As someone who is considering applying for a Zcash foundation grant in the short-term, I wanted to find out what has happened to previous grant recipients and looked through the previous github repositories that the Zcash foundation had for grant submissions. I noticed that a large number of the grant recipients are no longer as active in the Zcash space as they once were at the time of the grant submission.
The reason I would like to bring this up is because, as the Zcash community is maturing and non-trivial amounts of money are getting rewarded, there needs to more accountability on both the Zcash Foundation and recipients’ end with respect to expectations around being Zcash community members and participating accordingly. Perhaps, there are certain cases where these expectations can be relaxed but we won’t know unless we discuss them. Further, to ensure the longevity of the Zcash ecosystem, there needs to be an investment in making sure that grantees are in it for the long-term.
I would like to highlight the fact that the Zcash Foundation’s emphasis on transparency is the only reason I can make this post and although not perfect, we can openly critique and attempt to improve the grant process. They have posted some rationales for why they funded certain proposals and why others weren’t funded (although this aspect is missing from the current Zcash grant system).
Mainly, I think we should discuss the following:
- What are the main criteria in the team (potential grantee) that the Zcash Foundation looked for the most?
- On the grantees’ side, did they feel like they got a lot of support from the Zcash Foundation and by extension, the Zcash community?
- If they didn’t get a lot of support or feel like they didn’t, what could the Zcash foundation and by extension the Zcash community do to ensure that the team still wants to build on/for Zcash?