Filecoin Dev Grants

Engaging community members to contribute to the Filecoin protocol, project and ecosystem.

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Why Filecoin Dev Grants?

To date, the Filecoin project has focused primarily on research, specification and implementation of a decentralized storage network protocol. Throughout this process we have been fortunate to work with incredible community members and contributors. Some are already building tools on the budding network in active development.

We created the Filecoin Dev Grants program to...

  • Reward ongoing & existing contributions that add great value to the Filecoin ecosystem
  • Inspire more contributors to solve open problems and engage with the Filecoin project
  • Seed the creation of new products, businesses and tools to increase the utility of Filecoin

We’re looking to fund talented and eager teams that want to work with us to build a more robust, efficient, and decentralized web.

How it Works

All grants begin with a proposal. We currently have 2 categories of grants.

Next Steps Microgrants

Next Step Microgrants are available to support taking the Next Step after building an initial prototype with Filecoin

Apply for a Microgrant

Open Dev Grants

If you’re interested in building something great that isn’t covered by any open RFPs, submit a proposal to our open category. Full proposal instructions can be found at the link below.

Submit a Proposal


Proposal templates can be found on our GitHub site. Generally, all projects must meet the following requirements:

•   All projects must be open-sourced.

•   All projects must be dual-licensed under MIT and APACHE2 licenses.

•   All teams must be self-managed.

Once you submit a proposal, a member of the Dev Grants team will review it on GitHub and either approve, reject, or request changes on your proposal. If your grant is approved, congratulations! We’ll connect with all grant winners to finalize legal and financial details, funding milestones, and timeframe.

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Grants Timeline

Grants are issued in monthly waves.

We are reviewing proposals on a 30-day basis, and all submissions are open for consideration.

Ready to apply?

Please visit our GitHub repo to learn more about the proposal process, open RFPs, review process, and more.

Apply Now

Interested in research challenges or libp2p? Related are libp2p devgrants, open research challenges including the Replication Game, SNARK challenge and VDF FPGA competition, and past Protocol Labs Research RFPs.

Resources & Community

Visit the Filecoin Github Repos.

To discuss grant topics, please visit the Filecoin Community Forum.

Join the Discussion Forum

Have questions about the grants program? Visit the devgrants category of our forum.