Scope: Distribute grants for Month 4 and establish uniform processes and frameworks for monthly grants
- Outline Month 4 contributors and proposed grant amounts
- Describe the ongoing responsibilities of those receiving recurring grants
- Establish new uniform standards for grant amounts and evaluations
This is the first month in which monthly grants have come under the purview of the Grants Program, specifically falling under the umbrella of Community Grants. As part of this transition and the continued growth of Badger and the group of people contributing to the DAO, we are implementing more concrete processes and frameworks for monthly grants. Our aim with the structure laid out below is to increase the transparency and equitable compensation for value delivered by contributors.
This proposal will first lay out Retroactive Grants for March, which includes project-basis efforts as well as ongoing General Contributors for March, including the function to which they contributed, the amount of their grant, and their specific contribution. Next, it will lay out the ongoing General Contributors on monthly and quarterly bases with standardized grant amounts based on the new proposed compensation framework. As always, General Contributors are compensated in $BADGER from the treasury. Thereafter, the proposal will introduce the new compensation framework and standards and the process by which General Contributors are reviewed and paid out.
As this is the first month we are implementing these standards, they are not set in stone and are open to continued improvement based on feedback from contributors and DAO members.
Along with project-basis General Contributors (e.g., design, translation, independent efforts, etc.), the ongoing General Contributors who are also listed in Retroactive Grants table are listed with their grant awards for March, which did not fall under the compensation framework proposed later in this BIP. Starting from April, however, the amounts will be calibrated to the new compensation framework, if passed. The amounts in the Monthly and Quarterly Grants tables reflect the anticipated brackets for each General Contributor, which can be adjusted at the end of the month during evaluations.
|MorazanCA#3616||Other||5||Spanish translations (with an independent team: cheo0202, shenanigan#3630, enti#1546, Erik Suazo#8499, Valdo#1008)|
|flex#6512||Development||250||MemeLtd project support and NFT game (“badger-scarcity-game”)|
|Notabot, Fossil, Alfredo||Other||300||Code review, project scoping, 3rd party integration planning|
|Pon||Other||150||NFT jersey design|
|shillmoon||Other||50||Art design for Badger-Cometh Spaceship|
|Lipp||Operations||150||Project management and organizational advisory|
|ri0t#2144||Operations||15||Badger substack newsletter|
Our newest ongoing contributors are listed without specific rates as they and the DAO explore where they can best contribute in the longer term and the level of time commitment feasible for each.
|Lipp||Operations||Project management and organizational advisory|
|ethkaneki#7128||Development||200||GraphQL Codegen & BSC Chain|
|ethkey#8419||Development||100||General codebase improvement and automated testing|
|ewok #6735||Development||250||AWS, DNS - Cloudflare, security, monitoring, auditing, and smart contract assessments|
|flex#6512||Development||250||MemeLtd project support and NFT game (“badger-scarcity-game”)|
|Kerthmash#2764||Development||250||AWS, Cloudflare, smart contract review|
|Tritium - VLK||Development||250||BSC, Scout, AWS, and general automation|
|WARR!0R#0466||Development||125||Landing website v2 buildout (both desktop and mobile)|
|Ingalandia#9826||Operations||100||Content and marketing lead|
|Will.i.am||Operations||200||Events, marketing strategy, and product marketing lead|
|Mr Fox#2399||Operations||200||Operational structuring and project management, Badger Ambassador Program|
|andy8052/DrApplesauce||Advisory||100||Member of smart contract advisory board|
|ArcSin2x#4335||Advisory||100||Member of smart contract advisory board|
|ETHAUDIT||Advisory||200||Member of smart contract advisory board|
|fshutdown#3009||Advisory||100||Member of smart contract advisory board|
|Sam122||Advisory||100||Member of smart contract advisory board|
|Arben||Advisory||200||Strategic advisor, including institutional expansion, business development, legal, and infrastructure security|
|BlackMamba#6054||Advisory||200||Strategic advisor, including institutional expansion, business development, legal, and infrastructure security|
|freewhol€z||Advisory||100||Strategic advisor, including institutional expansion, business development, legal, and infrastructure security (On retainer basis for legal services to be charged hourly)|
|J||Advisory||200||Strategic advisor, including institutional expansion, business development, legal, and infrastructure security|
|blackbear#4259||125||Head of Support|
|Kryptobi||75||Member of Support team|
|sp7290#4859||75||Member of Support team|
Total $BADGER Allocation for month 4 = 4400 $BADGER
In the interest of efficiency and consistency, monthly grants will now be paid out in accordance with the following matrix:
*Amounts subject to change based on significant $BADGER price fluctuation.
**Advisors may be paid a bonus of up to 500 $BADGER based on performance and direct value delivered.
These categories are defined as follows:
Time Commitment: The level of contribution from the General Contributor. Despite these being described in hours per week, the Grants Program does NOT intend to actually play bookkeeper over contributors’ time. Rather, these are meant to be approximations.
- NONE: Altogether absent and may be transitioned out of recurring status.
- Project: One-off efforts, such as design contributions, translations (based on reach, quantity, and quality), etc. Please note that larger projects such as new products or collaborations should be submitted for an Ecosystem Grant, NOT a project-based Community Grant.
- Low-Time: <5 hours per week
- Part-Time: ~5 to 20 hours per week
- Full-Time: ~20 to 40 hours per week
Function: The area in which the General Contributor primarily contributes. While a General Contributor may end up assisting in more than one place, generally, they contribute to one primary function. The following lists specific segments that fall under each function, but the lists are not all-inclusive.
- Development: Development work as well as DevOps and QA.
- Operations: Business & Economics, Content & Marketing, Project Management, and contributions that have to do with internal operations and management.
- Advisory: Contributions relating to high-level strategy rather than internal operations, including legal, institutional, and security experts.
- Other: The catch-all miscellaneous category that mostly houses one-off contributions or shorter-term projects. Many who fall under this category will be paid using the Project basis.
The amounts in the framework are porous maxima – meaning that each General Contributor will be evaluated each month to determine contribution level and resultant grant amount.
For instance, a General Contributor who was only able to work at a low-time level may be paid out for part-time level if they were able to contribute more time the following month. Likewise, someone who previously was able to work at a full-time level may be paid out at the part-time level if they were not fully available the following month. This allows for flexibility for both the DAO’s budgeting as well as General Contributors’ time, based on each person’s fluctuating bandwidth.
Though we have two recurring tracks (Monthly and Quarterly), these are not permanent, and contributors may be transitioned out if they are no longer able to contribute.
Two segments will work on entirely different models, one of which is currently being revamped.
- Support: Our diligent and valiant Discord moderators fall under this category. Support members are currently paid out at 75 $BADGER/month with Head of Support paid out 125 $BADGER/month. As with all grants, amounts are subject to change based on significant $BADGER price fluctuation.
- Translation: We immensely appreciate enthusiastic Badgers from all over the world who have been translating Badger’s official English media into a number of different languages. Content & Marketing and Support are now working to assess what Badger’s outreach needs are, after which we will introduce a separate compensation framework for translations based on reach, quantity, and quality.
Finally, we are working on developing a track by which General Contributors can potentially be considered for longer commitments, including joining as a Long-Term Core Contributor.
In the past, the DAO has, on occasion, awarded grants for commitment or work promised rather than delivered. While many have fulfilled these commitments, in the interest of more sustainable management of the DAO’s operations, we are switching to only paying out Monthly Grant awards after delivery of work for that month.
The process for evaluation and payout will be as follows:
General Contributor X joins in Month A (anytime between the 1st and 10th of Month A).
Between the 20th and 25th of Month A, X fills out the Monthly Grant form (Month 4’s form can be seen here).
Between the 25th and 28th of Month A, Evaluators (a group primarily composed of LTCC and Seeders) assess all General Contributors with whom they worked; these evaluations are both individually reported as well as discussed collectively by the Evaluators.
As an example, X may have named Evaluators Y and Z as the people to which X reported in Month A.
Y and Z each individually submit evaluations of X’s work for Month A.
At a monthly meeting, Evaluators discuss General Contributors, during which Y and Z will address X’s contribution and advocate for the level of payout and potential continuation on a recurring track.
On the final day of Month A (the 28th, 30th, or 31st), the Grants Curator will post the Month A BIP, which lists all General Contributors and how much they will be paid for Month A, for community vote followed by snapshot vote, if applicable.
If Month A’s BIP passes, the data for those awarded in the BIP is processed by Finance/Treasury for payout.
General Contributors receive their payout for Month A in the first week of Month B.
As stated previously, we are still in the midst of developing these processes, leaving them subject to change based on feedback and experience. It is our hope that implementing uniform processes and frameworks will mean better stability and consistency, both for the DAO’s operations and for those who contribute to them.
Vote “For” if in favor of the proposed Month 4 grants and new framework and vote “Against” if not in favor.
As a reminder, if you have a building project in mind, please remember to check out our Ecosystem Grant Application. If you’re interested in getting involved more generally, check out the #looking-to-contribute channel in our Discord!