After two iterations of the Push Grants Program, we have learned many lessons that we would like to apply towards starting a community-run Push Grants Program (PGPv3).
In the first iteration, we designed the program to be governance-led, with all grants conversations and decisions taking place via the governance route. However, over time, we realized that while transparency is important, we also needed more community engagement and a broader understanding of the Push Protocol. This led to low community participation, longer grant processing times, and a slower overall pace.
After learning from the challenges faced during PGPv1, we decided to bring more velocity back into the process by introducing an internal Grants Review Committee. While this may reduce transparency to some extent, our goal was to create a strong foundation that would allow for a more engaged community, more voters, maintained transparency, and improved infrastructure for grantees. (Read more about PGPv2)
How did we achieve this? We introduced several programs and events that enable our community to contribute their skills and expertise to Push DAO. These programs can work together to maximize opportunities for grantees:
- Rockstars of Push (Currently in its second iteration)
- Push Bug Bounty Program: for security researchers
- Push Missions: challenges that involve solving technical or brand awareness tasks
- Push Ambassadors Program: Latin America and India Programs (with more to come)
- Demo Thursdays: a platform for Grants applicants to showcase their ideas to our community and receive immediate feedback or guidance on improving their grant submissions
The Push Ambassador Programs have been instrumental in working with grantees to maximize growth opportunities. The formula is simple: if a grantee grows, Push grows.
All these programs help educate the community by actively engaging them, ensuring they have a deep understanding of the Push Protocol and encouraging critical thinking when evaluating solutions built on top of Push.
As we continue on our path of Progressive Decentralization, we want to gradually hand over control of more programs to Push DAO and allow more contributors to provide value to Push Protocol.
With a more educated and engaged community, as well as contributors and infrastructure to support the ecosystem growth, we believe it is time to establish a Grants working group. This group will leverage the lessons learned from the first two iterations and take the Push Grants Program to new heights.
We would like to kick off this incubation phase and provide an opportunity for our community to share ideas on how to run PGPv3. To ensure a controlled transition in our Progressive Decentralization process, please consider the following guidelines:
- Push DAO operates in seasons: This allows all our programs and working groups to follow an iterative incremental model, providing flexibility to adapt and react to changing conditions (3-4 months).
- Governance = Resource Allocation: The specifics of how this new iteration will run will be decided via governance. However, the grant program’s operation is not limited to governance alone. We have experimented with creating multiple teams that are loosely coupled but aligned with the protocol mission, granting each team autonomy to operate within their allocated funds.
- Transparency: By default, information should be public. Regular quarterly reports and community involvement in grant selection enhance transparency and accountability.
- Cross-Working Group Collaboration: Collaboration with other working groups, such as the Ambassadors, is both encouraged and supported by the contributors running this grants program.
This discussion will remain open for feedback until October 15th, 2023, before we proceed with evolving this into an RFC proposal.
Push DAO Governance calls are public ceremonies that occur every other week on the Push Discord Stage. However, until October 15th, 2023, we will be monitoring this post and creating an open space for discussion around this idea. This post will also be shared in the Discord Proposals forum for further refinement and brainstorming.