Opening Applications for the Second Round of ZF Minor Grants

Back in February, we tried out something new: a Minor Grants program for smaller grants, selected by ZCAP. The response and feedback was overwhelmingly positive, so we’re doing it again!

As before, the maximum grant size is $25,000, and the total budget is $75,000. Applications are now open at the Zcash Grants Hub so if you, or someone you know, (or even someone you don’t know!) have an idea for how to make Zcash - or the general cause of financial privacy - better, tell them to apply.

The deadline for applications is 20:00 UTC on Monday 18th September.

The goal of Minor Grants is to lower the barrier to entry to participation in the Zcash ecosystem by funding smaller and/or riskier projects (or work by individuals as opposed to teams) that are unsuitable for the ZCG Major Grants program. Ideally, it will attract new talent and potentially act as an “on-ramp” for teams - or for individuals to join or form teams - to demonstrate what they can do before applying for a Major Grant.

We’ve made the application process as simple as possible. The most significant change we’ve made is that we’re explicitly encouraging non-English speakers to submit an application in their native language, and we’ll take care of (Google) translating it to English!

For full details, please read the blog post:

If you have any questions, post them here! :point_down:


Do you know the expected frequency of open application periods? It would help to scope a particular grant proposal if I knew how many months’ worth of work would fit into this grant period before the next period.

While I believe a grant proposal could describe work that extends beyond a single grant period, I can reduce risk for the ZCG grant review board by proposing smaller units of work with smaller payouts, giving them a renewed opportunity at each grant period to commit additional funds if they are pleased with the work thus far.
Contrast this to pay-per-milestone, which while the payouts are broken up, the total amount is still committed at the beginning, making it unavailable for other proposals.


Hopefully, we’ll do another round early next year but it’s entirely dependent on our financial situation.

FYI, Minor Grants are entirely separate from ZCG.

The Zcash Community Grants committee (commonly known as ZCG) is responsible for reviewing grant applications under the Major Grants program, as specified in ZIP 1014. These grants are funded from the Major Grants slice of the Dev Fund.

Minor Grants is an entirely separate program, funded from the Zcash Foundation’s slice of the Dev Fund. The ZCG committee has no role in approving Minor Grants. Instead, grant applications are reviewed for suitability by the Zcash Foundation, and suitable applications are then submitted to a poll of ZCAP to determine which should be funded.


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This round of ZF Minor Grants Program is :fire:.

Here is a brief summary of the entries for the second round of ZF minor grants.
Excerpts are quoted from the original forum posts, please read the full application for proper context.

Zcash Mempool Visualizer (Proposal for Minor Grants)

Asking for: $18,400 USD

Proposal: Brazilian Privacy Alliance

Asking for: $24,600 USD

Proposal: Creation of “Radio Z” an online Zcash radio station

Asking for: $6,200

Proposal: New stage of Zcast, the Spanish Zcash podcast

Asking for: $24,000

Proposal: In-person classes for entrepreneurs on Zcash as a payment method

Asking for: $7,550 USD

Proposal: Extend ZecHub Bounty program into 2024

Asking for: $7,000 USD

Proposal: Zcash Africa

Asking for: $9,850 USD

Proposal: - Trade Show Booth

Asking for: $13,962 USD (537 ZEC x $26 USD)

Zecwallet Lightwalletd server continuation

Asking for: $6,000 USD

Proposal: Zcash HCI Guidelines & Design System

Asking for: $24,000 USD

Zcash Metrics and Analytics Dashboard

Asking for: $25,000 USD

Proposal: Art for Privacy Awards (Premios Arte para la Privacidad)

Asking for: $9,000 USD

Grand total of applications: $175,562

The total budget for the ZF Minor Grants Program is $75,000.

Since not everyone can be accepted, I wish all the participants the best of luck. And may the ZCAP members vote for the best!



I don’t know if it’s unethical for me, as a participant in the minor grants program, to compile this list. But my intention is just to make easier for people to find all the applications.

The order of applications is the order I found in the forum, I’m not favoring any particular application.


We have published the list of Minor Grant applications that were submitted for this round, and we will open the ZCAP poll later today.


With so many interesting projects and proposals I am sure we will have a very interesting 2024 for our entire Zcash ecosystem.

All the best for all the proposals!


I’m glad to see my proposal on the list! We hope for the support of the community to bring together Art plus Zcash. I wish everyone great success, wonderful proposals.


Good luck everyone!
This round is absolute :fire:

Also, congratulations to Zcash Foundation for the initiative.


Wow! Each project has something unique to offer the ecosystem. Good luck to all, and let’s keep building for privacy :heart:


Approve “Improved Lightweight Formal Verification of Halo2 Proof Systems”. Discard all else. :hugs:

I have read the proposals, and all of them are great…
If the community continues like this, adding value to the project, Zcash is going to become a “unique” initiative project in the crypto ecosystem!!!

They are all great.
Success Zcashers!!!


Wow…I am super excited that my proposal Zcash Study Centre First Cohort is on the list, and this is going to be an opportunity to kickstart the process of drafting and training web3 developers in Nigeria to become an army of Zcash developers that will contribute to the advancement of Zcash and its privacy related projects towards massive adoption of the Zcash protocol. Like I have always said in most of my write-ups, the future of Zcash is partly in Nigeria, so let us all build it together by supporting the Zcash Study Centre First Cohort. Also, I want to appreciate everyone whose project is listed here for their great mind of community development. Thank you.


Good luck everyone :zebra: :hearts:


Great cohort. Glad to a see a mix of community + technical initiatives. This is the core of what we should be funding.


The results are in!

With 116 votes cast, the approval threshold was 59 votes. Three grants were approved:

Congratulations to the successful applicants! We hope to run another cycle of the Minor Grants program in early 2024.


Congrats peeps! I’m excited to see what happens next :slight_smile:
I am super glad we have lightwalletd functionality and servers on this roster - this was ultra important for any and all mobile wallets moving forward!