Whether improving Ethereum, educating developers, guaranteeing onchain privacy, or fighting for crypto in DC, builders have used Gitcoin to connect with their community and make a lasting impact. Gitcoin Grants 18 (GG18) was the latest iteration of the quarterly quadratic funding rounds that ran on the decentralized Grants Stack. This round saw increased crowdfunded contributions above the previous two rounds on Grants Stack – making it the biggest ever on the new decentralized tech stack. With $680k crowdfunded from 328K contributions, we saw a 12% increase in donations and three-fold growth in the number of contributions relative to the Beta Round.
The round was operational from August 15 to August 29 with 4 Core Rounds and 7 Feature Rounds, each with a distinct matching pool. The primary difference between Featured Rounds and Core Rounds is that the Featured Rounds were not run directly by Gitcoin but by their respective community members and supporters who functioned as Round Operators. Since the Beta Round, the PGF team deliberated further on eligibility requirements and took additional feedback from the previous governance post into account for the GG18 eligibility criteria.
Across 11 rounds, 47,513 unique donors made 328K contributions and raised $680K (refer to the Grants Data dashboard for additional details). For this post, we’ll dive into the Core Round results of this round.
Note: The number of contributions and estimated total contributed amount in the following sections indicate eligible donations counted for matching calculations after Sybil detection.
The Climate Solutions round comprised 89 projects with 14,084 contributions from 5,631 unique donors, raising approximately $34K. The matching pool for this round was $250K. For the complete list of grants in this round, view this sheet. The distribution of the funds in the separate matching pool by Shell is here.
The Ethereum Infrastructure round comprised 28 projects with 67,714 contributions from 11,955 unique donors, raising approximately $123K. The matching pool for this round was $200K. For the complete list of grants in this round, view this sheet.
The Web3 Community & Education round comprised 239 projects with 29,177 contributions from 12,421 unique donors, raising approximately $104K. The matching pool for this round was $250K. For the complete list of grants in this round, view this sheet.
The Web3 Open Source Software round comprised 124 projects with 202,029 contributions from 39,706 donors, raising approximately $360K. The matching pool for this round was $300K. For the complete list of grants in this round, view this sheet.
The Snapshot vote is now closed and grantees will receive funds shortly (there is no action needed to claim funds). Please visit this gov post for additional details. Payouts for the Featured Rounds are similarly facilitated by respective round operators. If you are a grantee in a Featured Round, contact your round operator for any additional questions.
Gitcoin Grants is driven by the vision to empower communities, allowing them to build, fund, and protect what is important to them. By actively engaging with the community and implementing feedback, we aim to create a platform that truly meets the needs of its users. We will continue our pursuit in alignment with the broader goals of progressive decentralization and active community involvement.