Grants

The TON Foundation invites talent to imagine and realize projects that have the potential to integrate with the daily lives of users.

Our vision

Our vision is to expand an ecosystem of users empowered by personal sovereignty, unbound capital, and freedom of expression. We achieve this through allocating capital to critical projects, connecting ecosystem participants, and increasing network adoption. We support open-source projects that contribute to the public good and the advancement of the ecosystem.

TON is for Talent

We accept applications from individual contributors, independent teams, nonprofits, academics, etc. We see grants as an additional incentive for talented people to build something benefiting TON.
Grants are for:
1. Projects contributing to public good via the TON blockchain
2. Early-stage and ideation stage projects looking to kickstart
3. Projects that champion open-source code
4. Projects with unique use-cases
Grants are not for:
1. Event or exhibition donations (see [sponsorships](https://ton.org/sponsorships) page)
2. Individual NFT projects (see 3rd party grants, e.g., Getgems)
3. Investment or VC funding - i.e., not substitutions for a round of funding
4. dApps not built natively on TON

Areas of interest

We are seeking to fund non-commercial developments in the following categories:
Developer tools
From setup to deployment
Developer education
Tutorials, smart contract, etc.
Academic research
Simulations, web3, etc.
Education materials
Programming language

TON Ideas Hunt

We are searching for TON grant ideas and teams who can deliver. These can be submitted through the Telegram bot in a form of 1) description of the project/proposal, and 2) identifying teams who can deliver on the project. Optionally, applicants can suggest improvement areas for the grants/sponsorships programs. One-time TON award will be made for each step completed and accepted, the size of which will be subject to the grant committee and determined based on the value to the TON Community. Accepted ideas will also be featured in the regular announcement posts.

Submit your project

Fill out all applicable sections in the web form or the Telegram bot.

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the TON Grants.
When would I hear back about the decision?

All applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Decisions will be emailed, and successful applications will be announced monthly on TON Society channels.

What if I already applied for Ecosystem Fund incubation and/or Launchpad?

Projects accepted by other channels will automatically receive a grant. You do not need to apply again.

What is the average size of the grants awarded?

We understand that teams will come in all shapes and sizes and from different parts of the world. We encourage applicants to benchmark against their peer group, exercise professional judgment, and be reasonable in the request.

What currencies are the grants paid in?

We award grants in Toncoin (TON), the native utility token for The Open Network. Toncoin is listed on major exchanges across the world for easy swap to other currencies as needed to fund the project.

Do I need to fill out the project proposal template if I already have a presentation?

While not mandatory, we encourage the applicants to submit as much detail as possible. If you already have a pre-existing presentation, we encourage you to cross-check it against the questions per the project proposal template to ensure that all bases are covered.

What happens if I am not selected?

As your project idea/development advances, we encourage you to reapply and highlight the substantial changes made since the time of the previous application.

How can I provide feedback about the TON Grants?

We understand that building on TON means that the process of building itself should be open and transparent. We welcome any kind of feedback regarding the grant program submitted through [email protected]. Don’t hesitate to just drop us “Hi” and to express your concerns in any manner you find appropriate. However, we will favor clear expression of the matter and well-motivated suggestions over unstructured ones.