RFP Program Update

Hi everyone,

Last year, Zcash Community Grants launched its RFP initiative to actively recruit developers for specific projects. We published four RFPs, and all four were filled. We also posted a number of RFIs that received a significant amount of engagement from the community. We believe the program has been a success and plan to continue it in 2023.

As a reminder, RFPs are Requests For Proposals that describe specific projects ZCG is interested in funding and seek to solicit bids from developers interested in working on a project. RFPs are posted to the Zcash Community Forum and the Zcash Grants platform. RFIs are Requests For Input, which you can think of as “pre-RFPs,” where we have a general idea for a project and we’re asking for the community’s feedback to help us make it better, or to better reflect what the community wants to see before we post an actual RFP. RFIs are posted to the Zcash Community Forum for discussion. You can view all prior RFP and RFI activity here.

A few updates:

In the coming months, we’ll publish a number of new RFPs and RFIs. We’re also working on creating a form that allows community members to submit RFP ideas to ZCG for consideration. We believe this will allow the community to help shape the future development of Zcash and contribute to the growth and success of the grants program. In addition, we’re exploring ways we can collaborate with ECC and ZF by possibly participating in the bi-weekly Arborist calls. We believe more collaboration will allow us to publish higher quality RFPs that better reflect the needs of the ecosystem.

Finally, given that RFPs are designed to solicit multiple bids from developers, we’ve improved our process to better handle multi-bidding scenarios. Going forward:

  1. ZCG will ensure all pricing information is hidden from the public to avoid a potential bidding war for the same project.
  2. After receiving a proposal, ZCG will announce that a proposal has been received and notify community members that if anyone would like to submit a counterproposal, they have 10 days to do so. After 10 days, ZCG will review and vote on the proposal.
  3. Once the committee has made a decision, all pricing information related to the proposals will be disclosed to the community and memorialized in our biweekly meeting minutes.

Please let us know if you have any questions, feedback, or ideas on how to improve the RFP program.

Thank you,

Zcash Community Grants