Grow with Stellar Grants & Funding

The Stellar Development Foundation offers grants and funding to projects building on and contributing to the growth of both the Stellar network and Soroban, Stellar’s native smart contracts platform. Explore our grants and award programs below and see if you’re eligible to apply today.

Grant Programs

Research & Development Grants

To encourage innovation, SDF offers Research and Development Grants (R&D) that support the creation of minimum viable products and proofs of concept aimed at improving liquidity, increasing throughput, or otherwise extending the capabilities of the Stellar network to meet ecosystem needs.

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Academic Research Grants

The Stellar Development Foundation is soliciting proposals for basic technical, economic, and legal research advancing the foundation’s goals of financial inclusion, fast and inexpensive cross-border payments, efficient decentralized markets, and other beneficial applications of distributed ledger technology.

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Stellar Community Fund

The Stellar Community Fund (SCF) is an open-application awards program that draws on community input to support developers and startups building on Stellar and Soroban. Qualified submissions may receive  awards of up to $150K worth of XLM.  SCF rounds run every 4 weeks. 

Don’t yet know what to build? Apply to participate in the quarterly SCF Startup Camp.

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Marketing Grants

SDF offers Marketing Grants to support the growth and user acquisition of projects built on Stellar. The funds from Marketing Grants provide support for digital and offline marketing, in-app incentives, PR, and communications.

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Sorobanathon is a content rewards program that offers up to 10,000 XLM per qualified submission. Roll up your sleeves, get your developer creative juices flowing, and join the Sorobanathon: Equinox fun!

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Enterprise Fund

The Stellar Enterprise Fund is for companies that demonstrate real and sustainable Stellar use cases. SDF will invest in companies with the greatest potential to grow our network.

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Matching Fund

Matching Fund is an investment track within the Stellar Enterprise Fund. SDF will match investments raised from lead investors of up to $500,000 USD for earlier stage companies (pre-seed to Series B) interested in building on Stellar.

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More Funding Sources

The Stellar Development Foundation also offers other sources of funding for projects in the Stellar ecosystem. There is no application for some of these programs; we find promising enterprises and engage with them.

Currency Support

Currency Support funds go to teams that issue redeemable, fully-backed currency stablecoins on Stellar, offer deposit-withdrawal endpoints for the network, or support market-making efforts for essential tokens on the Stellar DEX.

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Infrastructure Grants

The Infrastructure Grant program supports projects that provide crucial network utility.

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Developer Initiatives

Developer Support lumens go to hackathons, meetups, and other important developer-community initiatives. 

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Bug Bounty Program

The Stellar Bug Bounty Program provides bounties for vulnerabilities and exploits discovered in the Stellar protocol or any of the code in our repos.

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Read the SDF Mandate

Our mandate provides transparent and live updates on our progress towards our goals.‍