Application Process

The information below applies to RetroPGF Round 1. This document may be updated for subsequent rounds.

Retroactive POKT Goods Funding is open to anyone who meets the following eligibility criteria:

  • Contributions that took place between Feb 23rd 2023 and May 10th 2024

  • Contributions towards the POKT ecosystem

  • Contributions for which the impact is already delivered (no unshipped projects or promises of future impact!)

  • Contributions for which the impact delivered is above and beyond a scope of work that was already funded (through PEPs, sockets, RFPs)

Applicants may be asked to complete KYC by the POKT Network Foundation (PNF) as part of a risk-based assessment. Applying does not obligate you to complete KYC, however, failing to complete KYC if asked may lead to the rewards you have been granted being returned to the RetroPGF treasury for future rounds.

Application Categories

Protocol

The Protocol category is to recognize individuals and projects that have positively impacted the core elements of the POKT Network protocol, including main code sources such as Morse, and other crucial dependencies and repositories.

Who Should Consider Applying?

  • Made direct enhancements to the POKT Network protocol's core codebases.

  • Contributed significantly to the dependencies and related repositories that support the POKT Network protocol.

  • Played a key role in developing features or improvements that have been implemented in official protocol releases.

Criteria to Highlight in Your Submission:

  • Detailed descriptions of your contributions to the core POKT protocol or its key dependencies.

  • Metrics demonstrating the impact of your work, such as usage statistics, dependency graphs, and community adoption.

  • Specific examples of how your contributions have advanced the functionality, efficiency or stability of the POKT protocol, including improvements to the experience for network actors such as validators, servicers, and/or gateways.

  • Explain how you delivered extra impact beyond a scope of work that was already funded in a PEP, socket, RFP, or from PNF.

Ecosystem

The Ecosystem category is focused on acknowledging and supporting tools and applications that enhance the experience of participating in the POKT Network ecosystem.

Who Should Consider Applying?

This category is designed for developers, innovators, and project teams who have:

  • Created or improved tools and applications that interact with or support participating in the POKT Network ecosystem.

  • Enhanced the accessibility, efficiency, or usability of the POKT Network ecosystem through innovative solutions.

  • Contributed to the development and release of features that impact how users interact with POKT Network.

  • Developed or contributed to wallets, explorers, and other technologies that directly benefit the POKT Network ecosystem.

Criteria to Highlight in Your Submission:

  • Detailed description of your tool or application, its functionality within the POKT Network ecosystem, and how this improves on the functionality that existed before your contribution.

  • Quantitative and qualitative metrics demonstrating the impact of your work, such as user feedback, testimonials, usage statistics, dependency graphs, and community adoption.

  • Specific examples of how your contributions have positively impacted the broader POKT Network ecosystem, such as specific ways they have improved the user experience.

  • Explain how you delivered extra impact beyond a scope of work that was already funded in a PEP, socket, RFP, or from PNF.

Adoption

The Adoption category supports efforts that have significantly contributed to raising awareness and increasing adoption of POKT Network. This category targets initiatives focused on discussions, referrals, marketing, and other forms of support that help POKT reach a broader audience.

Who Should Consider Applying?

This category is perfect for marketers, business developers, community managers, content creators, and advocates who have:

  • Led campaigns or initiatives that increased awareness of POKT Network.

  • Contributed to adoption through innovative outreach strategies.

  • Engaged effectively with communities to attract people to POKT Network.

  • Engaged with newcomers to our community, created educational content, helped community members out, and generally worked to make POKT a welcoming place.

  • Helped attract/onboard developers as customers to a POKT gateway.

Criteria to Highlight in Your Submission:

  • Detailed description of your activities and how they drove awareness/adoption.

  • Quantitative and qualitative metrics demonstrating the quality and quantity of awareness/adoption created.

  • Evidence of how your efforts have driven adoption and attracted new users to the POKT Network ecosystem.

  • Feedback and impact assessment before and after your initiatives. Explain how your efforts generated more awareness/adoption over and above that created by other awareness/adoption initiatives.

  • Explain how you delivered extra impact beyond a scope of work that was already funded in a PEP, socket, RFP, or from PNF.

Information Required

Applicants will be required to provide the following information as part of their application:

  • Name or Alias

  • Email

  • Contribution/Project Details

  • wPOKT Wallet Address

  • ARB (Arbitrum) Wallet Address

  • OP (Optimism) Wallet Address

  • Details of funding already received for the contribution (such as through a PEP, socket, RFP, or from PNF) and an explanation of how the impact delivered exceeds the scope of the funding received

  • Links to relevant resources, such as repositories, product demos, or user testimonials

Application Guidelines

Applications will be assessed by the Foundation before entering the voting pool and after voting concludes. Violating any of the following rules may result in disqualification and removal. Voters are also able to report violations during the voting process which may result in the same outcome. Disqualifications will be published by PNF along with the reasons for disqualification.

  1. Promises of future impact - You are only evaluated based on the impact you have already created. Do not mention or allude to your future work or future impact. This is retroactive funding, not proactive funding!

  2. False statements & deception - False claims about your contributions, past impact or funding & grants are not allowed.

  3. Hateful Content - No racist, sexist, or otherwise hateful speech, no discrimination.

  4. Deceiving Voters - Malicious content that could cause harm or unintended consequences to users.

  5. Fraud & Impersonation - Claiming to be a brand or person you are not. The Grant owner must be directly affiliated with the project, the funds must go to the project.

  6. Advertising - Using RetroPGF application to showcase something you are selling like a token sale or NFT drop.

  7. Bribery - Bribing voters or vote buying is strictly forbidden.

  8. Contacting voters to promote your application - Using private channels such as DMs to promote your applications to voters.

  9. Self-dealing - Voting for your own application (self-dealing) or refusing to comply with the Conflicts Committee's efforts to prevent self-dealing. This includes failing to disclose the existence of Conflicted Voters* when applying, refusing to disclose the voting addresses of Conflicted Voters if asked by the Conflicts Committee**, or receiving votes from any Conflicted Voter. The Conflicts Committee, not PNF, will be the final authority on self-dealing disqualifications.

    • *Conflicted Voters are defined as DAO voters who have a direct interest in an applying organization, either as an employee, contractor or equity holder.

    • **The Conflicts Committee ensures that PNF is not the unilateral authority on suspected self-dealing activities. It consists of three members – a PNF director, a DAO-nominated board observer, and a neutral (non-POKT) third-party selected by PNF. The Committee will determine if applications have failed to disclose Conflicted Voters and will inspect the ballots of Conflicted Voters to ensure that no self-dealing votes have been cast.

  10. Refusing to KYC - The POKT Network Foundation reserves the right to request KYC as part of any risk-based assessment they complete as part of the program. If you are asked to complete KYC and fail to comply, your grant may be returned to the RetroPGF treasury for future rounds. Applications on behalf of a DAO or Foundation will be required to provide proof that the provided wallet addresses are official wallet addresses.

  11. Outside of RetroPGF’s scope - Contributions that do not have a clear relationship to POKT Network, applications that do not highlight a valid contribution***, or contributions which are outside of the RetroPGF scope.

    • ***We define contribution as an activity which required a minimum time commitment of 1 hour and which provided impact to POKT. User interactions (e.g. sending transactions) with POKT or wPOKT and staking are not part of the scope of this round

  12. Spam - Applications containing spam, such as irrelevant answers, plagiarized content, broken or unrelated impact metrics and contribution links.

  13. Languages other than English - This is the working language of the majority of voters so please ensure you translate any content that is part of your application.

  14. Duplicate applications - Multiple applications from the same individual, project or group which apply for the same impact. An applicant can list multiple projects as its impact evidence but applying with different applications for the same impact results are not allowed.

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