On September 15th, the Zcash Foundation Grant Program Call For Proposals were closed for submission. Since then, public discussion has begun in earnest!
By the Numbers
The Zcash Foundation and Grant Review Committee were thrilled with the community response. We received 29 Grant Proposals for the $80,000 in ZEC grants, of which 27 remain active and open to discussion from the public. We received proposals for Zcash research, outreach, UX, wallet work, and much more. All of them are worth discussing, but I thought I’d offer a sample to give casual followers of the Zcash Foundation an idea of what to expect from the grants:
Alternative Fully-Validating Node Written in Rust
Jason Davies submitted this proposal to build an alternative Zcash client in Rust (the current reference client is written in C++). Multiple client implementations are a hotly debated issue in cryptocurrencies, and there’s some great discussion in the issue.
Zcash Plug-and-Play Full Node Software on Bitseed
Empirical analysis of the Zcash blockchain
Two groups submitted proposals related to analysis of Zcash’s transaction graph—specifically measuring the privacy of a system with both transparent and shielded addresses. Daniel Feher submitted this propsal while hkalodner submitted one here.
Enhancements to the ZCash Desktop GUI Wallet
Abolish the BitLicense
And Many More, All Still Open for Public Discussion!
While the Foundation is no longer accepting new proposals, these (and all other) proposals are still open for discussion until their final proposal documents are submitted by October 6th. The Grant Review committee would love to hear from Zcash users and the public at large—please add your voice and comments here!