GWG June Funding Request

GWG June Funding Request

Please find attached GWGs June funding request to cover costs related to stewarding the delivery of NDC V1 Gov led by the NEAR Community. The GWG’s mandate is to steward and facilitate Gigs, RFPs, and Roles to BuiDL and deliver NDC V1 Gov by late Summer '23.

This is our third time around requesting funding from the Community Treasury. May’s bounties are paid out in full. We will be returning 20,000 Near of unused funds from the May round, leaving us approx $3,300 USD.

It’s time for us to get working on paying out the June bounties.

Summary of Changes

There were fewer process changes this time around, but still some:

  • We don’t only have June charges, we also included some requests related to anticipated charges for early July where we require quick reimbursments, such as flights and contract audits
  • We sped up the turnaround, reviewing the request with the Trustees on the morning after the deadline to submit the bounty forms
  • Starting to introduce a “fast track” method, whereby uncomplicated and undisputed bounties with pre-existing KYC approvals can be paid faster than the rest

In Summary, we are requesting $157,711 to cover June’s Retroactive Bounties, down $22k from the original $180k which was budgeted for June in the Q2 Budget.

The following are the budget overruns we saw for June:

  • We added a Master Scheduler to the Core Contributors, adding to the already increased team size from adding a Process Lead and increasing the recurring bounty of some Core Contributors last month
  • Community Manager hoping to request an increase from $3.5k to $4.5k

We also saw significant savings or reductions compared to budget:

  • Fewer BOS Widget gigs than expected (will increase again next month)
  • PikesPeak done early with phases 1-3 of the dashboard
  • General bounties fewer than expected
  • Only one event held at Collision this month
  • Marketing down 20k from expected

Funding Request Details

The table below outlines the details of GWG’s request for funding from the Community Treasury for bounties incurred during the month of June 2023:

Budget line item Budget Category June Funding Request Orig Q2 Budget Difference
Bounties, BOS Widgets Bounties & Gigs $20,000 $25,000 -$5,000
Bounties, NDC Dashboard Bounties & Gigs $0 $12,300 -$12,300
Bounties, UI/UX Work Bounties & Gigs $4,000 $4,000 $0
General Bounties Bounties & Gigs $8,000 $12,500 -$4,500
Community Events Events & Swag $2,000 $6,000 -$4,000
Swag Events & Swag $2,500 $2,500 $0
Travel Events & Swag $9,000 $9,000 $0
Core Team, Governance Governance $4,250 $4,250 $0
Core Team, Operations & WG Support Governance $10,000 $0 $10,000
Core Team, Master Scheduler Governance $4,500 $0 $4,500
Core Team, Legal Governance $4,500 $4,500 $0
Community Moderators MarComm $3,000 $2,800 $200
Core Team, Community Mgr MarComm $4,500 $3,500 $1,000
Core Team, Near Studio MarComm $0 $900 -$900
Core Team, Social Media Strategy MarComm $4,500 $4,500 $0
Core Team, WG Coaching MarComm $6,000 $4,250 $1,750
IAH Incentives, Guerilla Marketing MarComm $5,000 $25,000 -$20,000
Bounties, Charter Drafting Program Mgmt $5,000 $5,000 $0
Bounties, Note Takers Program Mgmt $1,200 $1,200 $0
Core Team, Project Managers Program Mgmt $23,000 $16,510 $6,490
Tools & Subscriptions Program Mgmt $500 $500 $0
Core Team, Architect Tech Team $8,000 $8,000 $0
Core Team, Full Stack Tech Team $15,000 $15,000 $0
Core Team, QA Tech Team $2,500 $2,500 $0
Core Team, Smart Contracts Tech Team $2,500 $2,500 $0
Contingency Contingency $8,261 $8,261 $0
Total $157,711 $180,471 -$22,760

Comprehensive work :+1:t2:

Can we get a breakdown of what individuals occupy each role as part of Core Team members?

Where are the reports of each of the core team members?

Can we benchmark how much is the NDC costing versus other projects building on NEAR? (Mintbase, Meta Pool, REF, etc.)


Really don’t see the value in any of this. Who is the customer here? How does this help the ecosystem acquire customers?

At this point NF could have spent the 150k on giving each new user a dollar as a bounty for staying active in dapps, and spent another $9USD per user fighting fraud.

15k active users would be more valuable any of the nebulous, intangible nonsense listed here. There’s no orientation towards business or a profit motive.

Would rather see the money going towards users than whatever this is. Throwing money at users would be more effective at this point.

Looking forward to seeing some changes here. Month after month of the same people drinking subsidies at the trough isn’t inspiring.