The objective of this post is to define a couple canonical terms so that we can make sure we’re all speaking the same language?
Allo is a credibly neutral open-source protocol that enables groups to efficiently and transparently allocate pooled capital.
Gitcoin Grants Stack is a protocol-enabled solution that enables any community to create, manage and grow a grants program. From deployment and application management, to funds allocation, Grants Stack makes it easy to run and grow a grants program.
Gitcoin Grants Stack is powered by Allo Protocol.
Gitcoin Passport is the premier solution for easy-to-use identity management tools that protect communities from Sybils and bots.
Gitcoin Grants is a quarterly cycle where Gitcoin helps to drive awareness and funding to both Program and Community Rounds. This “hype cycle” generates buzz and excitement, creating opportunities for projects to gain exposure and secure funding. Gitcoin Grants act as a catalyst, attracting contributors, participants, and spectators and offering projects and round operators a unique opportunity to maximize impact, reach diverse audiences, and enhance credibility.
Gitcoin Grants is powered by Gitcoin Grants Stack and protected by Gitcoin Passport.
A program is a set of rounds that are logically grouped together and named for what connects them…
- GreenPill Network creates a program, and within that program the team has the ability to run multiple rounds that tie in with the theme of said program.
- The Climate Solutions round(s) fall within the Climate Program.
- The ETH Infra, Web3 Community & Education and OSS rounds fall within the Gitcoin Grants/ETH/Gitcoin Program.
Each program is run by a team of round operators responsible for the execution and success of the rounds.
The Gitcoin Grants flagship Program (the program for short) is the entity that operates and runs the flagship rounds that are managed by Gitcoin contributors. These include ETH Infra, OSS, Web3 Community & Education (and have, in the past, included Climate & ZKTech).
This program serves to dogfood Gitcoin Grants, to build a flagship program that others can emulate, and to fund Gitcoin’s most OG constituency, OSS Devs.
A round is a time-delimited campaign which, run on Gitcoin Grants Stack, is a time period in which matching funders, crowdfunders, and grantees, can contribute to Funding What Matters in their ecosystem.
Program Rounds are rounds that occur within the Gitcoin Grants quarterly cycle, and refers to the specific grant rounds directly managed and overseen by the Grants Program Team (formerly PGF). These rounds are meticulously curated and optimized to align with Gitcoin’s mission and values, emphasizing transparency, decentralization, and community engagement.
A community round is a round that is run on Grants Stack / Allo Protocol by a community member (typically not funded or administered by Gitcoin). Community rounds can be run in parallel with Program Rounds during the quarterly Gitcoin Grants cycle, or as a standalone round.
A round operator is responsible for the running, execution and success of a round. Usually includes a few key team members.
A Gitcoin-run round is a round that is run on Grants Stack / Allo Protocol and is administered by someone who is compensated by Gitcoin.
A mechanism is credibly neutral if it does not discriminate for or against any specific people, treating everyone fairly, to the extent that it’s possible in today’s diverse and complicated world. ~ Vitalik Buterin
There are parts of the Gitcoin ecosystem that are credibly neutral, and parts that are not.
Credibly neutral: Allo Protocol, Passport, Grants Stack
Not credibly neutral: rounds, programs.
Contains both credibly neutral and not credibly neutral components: Gitcoin Grants ecosystem
Decentralization is the transfer of control of an activity or organization to several local entities or authorities rather than one single one.
Progressive decentralization is the philosophy of decentralization over time, in increments. Over time, legal, brand, governance, product, computation, data, functions of Gitcoin have been progressively decentralized. As Gitcoin Grants continues to progressively decentralize, there may be different components that modularize and decentralize over time.
One way we may eventually progressively decentralize is through modularizing the programs.
Hopefully these definitions will help disambiguate terms and enable smoother communication across the DAO.
Any questions let me know.