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Learn more about matching rounds
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Looking to raise money for your open source project via Grants? You’ve come to the right place! 


How do I set up my grant?


When creating a new grant, select the tags that are most relevant. Your grant will then be reviewed by the relevant matching pool owner to determine if it is eligible to receive matching funds. 


How do grants work?


During Gitcoin’s quarterly grants rounds, grant owners receive funds from two complementary sources: 

  1. community contributions

  2. matching pools (with matched amount to each grant allocated via Quadratic Funding, learn more here).


What types of matching pools are there for GR13?


  • Main matching pool (least restricted, eligibility set and managed by GitcoinDAO)

  • Ecosystem matching pools (eligibility set by ecosystem, managed by Gitcoin)

  • Themed matching pools (eligibility set by main sponsor, managed by Gitcoin)


In GR13, we have matching caps on the main pool and the themed pools:

  • In the main pool, no individual grant’s matching amount will exceed 2.5% of the overall matching pool fund (i.e., $30K, since the matching pool is $1.2M).
  • The themed and ecosystem pools have matching caps laid out by the respective round owners


Please note that the matching amount displayed for any grant is an estimate, and therefore may decrease throughout the round as other grants in that round get funded. Matching amounts are not final until after the round is fully complete and ratified.


What are ecosystem rounds?


Ecosystem rounds are funded by a specific project or set of projects, with matching funds distributed using Quadratic Funding. Ecosystem rounds allow sponsors to access Gitcoin’s leading builder community and allocate resources to build against their priorities while leveraging Gitcoin for grants program management (setup, management, fraud prevention, etc.) GR13 examples: Uniswap, Polygon, Open Gaming


What are themed rounds?


While ecosystem rounds are aimed at rallying funding for and signaling sentiment within a particular project’s community, themed rounds (aka cause rounds) are in support of a particular ‘cause’ or ‘theme’. GR13 themed rounds: Climate Solutions, Support for Ukraine, Longevity.


What are the eligibility policies for each round?


You can find the eligibility policies for all rounds in their respective Round Briefs here.




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