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Optional template for funding requests on the NEAR Forum.
How to get funding through the NEAR Forum.

Who is this document for?

This document is for people, contributors or communities who have an idea for a project or have started one already and are looking for long term or short term funding to get themselves off the ground.
To get funding within the NEAR ecosystem, an individual or representative of an organisation must make a post on the NEAR forum. This post must detail various pieces of information.
The following document is a guide template that should be used to structure the post on the NEAR Forum so that the request can be processed more effectively.
If you are a:
Post in the following Forum subcategory:
Guild
Creative guild/DAO
Development
Marketing
Education
Education
Other
Community

Where does funding come from?

There are hundreds of funding DAOs on the NEAR Astro DAO. This makes it difficult for a guild, project or contributor to find the right DAO to fund their proposals. There are two main ways to find the appropriate DAO.
  • NEAR Community Fund: a decentralised community fund of NEAR tokens for the community to redistribute democratically through DAOs. The NEAR Governance Forum offers an overview of how the community fund is progressing, what it is giving funding to, and what funding is available.
  • NEAR Grants: a centralised program by the NEAR Foundation necessary for efficient and directed development of more integral parts of the NEAR ecosystem. If you are a project or DApp and want long term support, then the NEAR Grants program might be the right choice.

Forum Post template.

Summary

Begin with a short summary regarding Proposal. Include:
  1. 1.
    What you are requesting?
  2. 2.
    How much you are requesting?
  3. 3.
    What funding option are you requesting it from?
  4. 4.
    How long it will take you to complete the deliverable?

Why is this Proposal needed?

  1. 1.
    What is the current problem? / What is missing on NEAR Protocol that this Proposal provides?
  2. 2.
    How does this impact the community?
  3. 3.
    Are there any metrics to support the scale of the problem?

What is the Proposal?

  1. 1.
    Enter description on what the Proposal is
  2. 2.
    How does this help solve the problem / missing element on NEAR Protocol?
  3. 3.
    How will you measure the success of the Proposal? Any Key Performance Indicators?

What work has been completed to date?

  1. 1.
    Has any preparatory work been completed to date?
  2. 2.
    Is the request being made after work has already commenced? If so, what has been done?

What are the Key Deliverables?

What are the key deliverables (milestones) for completing the proposal?

Costings and Timeline

Example text:
In creating the deliverables mentioned previously, we make a request for [XXX] NEAR, equivalent to $XXX at [$X.XX per NEAR]. Please see below for an itemised breakdown.
Deliverable
$ per Hour
No. of Hours
Expenses
Total Cost
[Design of dApp]
$[XX]
[###]
$[XXX]
$[XXX]
[Backend Infra.]
$[XX]
[###]
$[XXX]
$[XXX]
[Frontend Infra.]
$[XX]
[###]
$[XXX]
$[XXX]
[Mobile Dev.]
$[XX]
[###]
$[XXX]
$[XXX]
[QA]
$[XX]
[###]
$[XXX]
$[XXX]
[Include details on any expenses outside of human cost.]

Estimated Timeline

Example text:
We also envision that the deliverable will be completed by DD/MM/YYYY.
Deliverable
Start Date
Duration
End Date
[Design of dApp]
[DD/MM/YYYY]
[No. of Months]
[DD/MM/YYYY]
[Backend Infra.]
[DD/MM/YYYY]
[No. of Months]
[DD/MM/YYYY]
[Frontend Infra.]
[DD/MM/YYYY]
[No. of Months]
[DD/MM/YYYY]
[Mobile Development]
[DD/MM/YYYY]
[No. of Months]
[DD/MM/YYYY]
[Quality Assurance]
[DD/MM/YYYY]
[No. of Months]
[DD/MM/YYYY]

Who are the Proposers?

  1. 1.
    Summary of contributions the Proposers have made to date.
  2. 2.
    LinkedIn / GitHub profiles