Congratulations on becoming a Grant recipient! The Foundation is excited to have you onboard and is committed to helping you bring your project to life.
Before your first meeting your team should create three things:
Top-level README.md. This provides the description of your project, goals, features, roadmap, and installation instructions. Required criteria:
README that explains what the codebase does, how to build/install and test locally, and how to contribute
Be open source under a permissive Apache 2 license
Examples or a working demo.
Dedicated open-source repo. Ensure that all work that is being completed is regularly committed to a repo. Track and close issues.
Update document. To make sure teams are making progress on projects, teams must send regular updates to email@example.com. These updates help ensure your team is successful by allowing the Grant Committee to provide guidance if roadblocks occur and milestones get off track.
When creating your documents make sure you outline the following:
✅ Public Repo
✅ Twitter Handle for project (use the
for helpful resources)
✅ Blog for project
✅ Team is on the
& active posts at each milestone (at minimum)
✅ Schedule for posting on
✅ Schedule for community engagement (i.e.
Since Celo is a decentralized platform, the Celo Foundation expects all funded projects to be open-source by default — this means that the codebase is public and under a permissive license (we recommend
If there are any parts that need to be kept private (e.g. an admin key), please let us know ahead of time (at firstname.lastname@example.org), and document it in your project’s README.
There are many resources out there on building on Celo. Check out the Celo developer resources
and reach out to your Mentor or the Celo
for any guidance you may need.
Every Grant has a series of milestones that must be completed to receive payment. These milestones vary by project but could include elements such as: Design, Develop, Test, Pilot, Launch.
Once you have completed a grant milestone send an email to
. Once received you will be prompted to complete a milestone form. The Grant Committee will then review to ensure objectives have been met.
Before the final payment, grants will be evaluated using the following framework:
Engagement: How well you follow best practices & engage with the Celo community
Visibility: Maintaining transparency on your project accomplishments and challenges
Roadmap: Ability to reference a list of commits that complete your roadmap
Timeline/Milestones: Ability to meet your timeline and key milestones
Launch: Successful launch
If projects do not meet their success metrics or obligations of the grants they may not be entitled to receive the full payment.
Submitting an Invoice
After your milestone has been approved by the Grant Committee you’ll submit an invoice to
. If you do not already have an invoice generator, here is a
The invoice should include:
Note: For your first invoice you must provide a
(non-US institution), or
form (US individual).
Payment is usually issued within 2 weeks of receipt of your invoice and your W8/W9. (Please note that it can take between 7-14 days for funds to hit your account for some fiat-based international payments).
Any questions regarding billing please contact email@example.com.
If you need additional support and would like to schedule a video call, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule some time during our weekly office hours.