GWG/NDC Q2 Budget

GWG/NDC Q2 Budget

Please find the Q2 budget hosted by the GWG to steward the delivery of NDC V1 Gov led by the NEAR Community. The GWG will steward and facilitate Gigs, RFPs, and Roles to BuiDL and deliver NDC V1 Gov by late Summer '23.

About the NDC

The NDC is a Community-Led movement to BuiDL Web3 Gov on NEAR.

  • BuiDL Gov on NEAR
  • Contribute and be Rewarded

How to Contribute

  1. Join a Workgroup and Contribute (choose from 20 WG’s)
    NDC Workgroups on NDCDocs :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

  2. Pickup a Gig or RFP on BOS (check the NDC Community Hub)

  3. Apply for GWG Open Roles (check the NDC Community Hub)

The NDC is led by the NEAR Community!

Budget Areas of Focus:

  1. The Community BuiDL NDC V1 Gov on BOS w/ Voting and Elections
  2. Restore Funding to the Bottoms-up Grassroots Community
  3. Reboot the NEAR Community

Target Audience: Active NEAR Community

  • Activating the NEAR Community limits outside influence on NDC V1 Gov
  • Active Community Members should be rewarded for their commitment to the ecosystem
  • Who better to help shape Gov on NEAR!
GWG Budget, Q2 2023 April, 2023 May, 2023 June, 2023 Q2, 2023
Bounties, BOS Widgets $2,500 $31,000 $25,000 $58,500
Bounties, NDC Dashboard $16,000 $12,300 $12,300 $40,600
Bounties, UI/UX Work $10,000 $4,000 $4,000 $18,000
General Bounties $12,500 $12,500 $12,500 $37,500
Bounties & Gigs Total $41,000 $59,800 $53,800 $154,600
Community Events $6,500 $6,000 $6,000 $18,000
Swag $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $7,500
Travel $9,000 $9,000 $9,000 $27,000
Events Total $18,000 $17,500 $17,500 $53,000
Core Team, Governance $4,250 $4,250 $4,250 $12,750
Core Team, Legal $4,500 $4,500 $4,500 $13,500
Governance Total $8,750 $8,750 $8,750 $26,250
Community Moderators $2,800 $2,800 $2,800 $8,400
Core Team, Community Mgr $3,500 $3,500 $3,500 $10,500
Core Team, Near Studio $22,500 $900 $900 $24,300
Core Team, Social Media Strategy $4,500 $4,500 $4,500 $13,500
Core Team, WG Coaching $4,250 $4,250 $4,250 $12,750
IAH Incentives, Gorilla Marketing, NDC NFT $0 $25,000 $25,000 $50,000
MarComm Total $37,550 $40,950 $40,950 $119,450
Bounties, Charter Drafting $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $15,000
Bounties, Note Takers $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $3,600
Core Team, Project Managers $16,510 $16,510 $16,510 $49,530
Tools & Subscriptions $500 $500 $500 $1,500
Program Mgmt Total $23,210 $23,210 $23,210 $69,630
Core Team, Architect $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $24,000
Core Team, Full Stack $4,000 $15,000 $15,000 $34,000
Core Team, QA $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $7,500
Core Team, Smart Contracts $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $7,500
Tech Total $17,000 $28,000 $28,000 $73,000
Grand Total, Before Non-costs $145,510 $178,210 $172,210 $495,930
Contingency $7,276 $8,561 $8,261 $24,097
Treasury Buffer $20,000 $0 $0 $20,000
Non-costs Total $27,276 $8,561 $8,261 $44,097
Grand Total $172,786 $186,771 $180,471 $540,027

GWG Delivery OKR’s

NDC Q2 Tech Delivery - [BuiDL by Community]

NDC V1 GOV Diagram

FULL NDC Vision & Q2 Strategy - [PLEASE REVIEW]:

GWG/NDC Q2 Budget


:mega: NDC is Community-Led Web3 Gov on NEAR


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NDC Community Hub:

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(Vote on Funding, Elect Representatives, Make your Voice Heard)




Hello,wow! Half a million dollars for Q2?

  1. $154 000 for bounties? This is a quarterly grassroots DAOs budget;
  2. $27 000 for travel? Business class? Spend your money on traveling;
  3. What it is Near Studio? Why it’s so expensive?
  4. Wg coaching? Kidding us? $12 750 for coaching what?
  5. What is Gorilla Marketing? Why do we need it?
  6. Marcomm - extra $18 600 for bounties?
  7. $ 49 530 for core management salary? Seriously? How many people are there?
  8. Contingency - $24000???

Blaze, stop wasting Community treasure. 95% of NDC works were done for free by champions, whereas you have requested half a million dollars.

Let’s vote for this budget in the I am Human app.
@illia @marieke.flament


Hey @Vanya Appreciate you jumping in on the topic however I would advice you to refrain from tagging Marieke and Illia in your comments. If there is anything that needs escalating you can ping any of the mods and we can take note of them.

Since you’ve asked for clarity it is also advisable you wait for the OP to reply to your concerns :slightly_smiling_face:

@fiatisabubble When we are going to vote for this budget in I’m human app ? NDC Community didn’t give consent for the budget.

Hi @blaze,

I think there’s a typo here.

  1. Please see all the info shared above for the allocated budget. I recommend reviewing the Vison and Q2 Strategy and the products built to bring NDC V1 Gov online. What’s remarkable is that these products are being built by the Community via Gigs and RFPs

  2. No, a $2K stipend for up to 4 people per mo.

  3. A Marketing agency responsible for the NDC, and I am Human Brands, along with content authoring. This service is now being transitioned to the Community via gigs and a new WG.

  4. Please see the OKRs above. We have objectives to ensure 5 Grassroots Constellations have completed Charters and processes to receive Funding from NDC V1 Gov. This will fully restore funding to the Grassroots Community. Workgroup guides help review and guide the workgroup to Charter completion.

  5. This is the new WG forming with gigs to have the Community facilitate grassroots marketing

  6. These bounties are for Community contributors that help in workgroups with Charters, Moderation, Coordination, Meetings, etc.

  7. 2 Full-Time Product managers as contractors, not incentives or benefits (as with all NDC Contributors)

  8. Contingency is standard in any budget of an initiative of this magnitude.

Overall, the GWG has come in under budget for every QTR.

This QTR aims to Reboot the NEAR Community via Contributions and Rewards to bring NDC V1 Gov online.

This budget is comprised chiefly of Funding the WG’s, NDC Product BuiDL, and Marketing to invigorate the NEAR Community to become a HUMAN ON NEAR.

To be able to vote for Funding, Elections and determine how We, the Community (NDC) will Govern.

Have you joined the movement?

The Onboarding for IamHuman is underway and a Key focus of the OKRs in Q2, which is why there is a heavy focus on Marketing to the NEAR Community to onboard.

We have a bounty up to add Human Powered Polling on EasyPoll:

Please stay tuned for more Gigs.

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Updated that line item. Thank you.

The IamHuman initiative is powered by the NDC and has only gone live a couple of weeks ago. I’m sure all stakeholders are eagerly looking forward for it to be fully implemented in all governance processes but it may need some battle testing and fine tuning as users start testing out its features :+1:

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Hi @blaze,

Some Q.

  1. Where can I find the core team’s salary?
  2. Marketing budget seems to be on the higher side given market conditions. Do you expect a meaningful ROI here?
  3. Event budget seems even more luxurious. Where can I find more detail? Many huge projects don’t spend anywhere close to $2,500/month on swag.



Thanks for sharing the budget and for always been open and transparent with community.

I have some questions and some comments.

Qs -

1. Is the budget paid out in NEAR or in USDC (or stable coin equivalent)?

Most people would agree the budget is chunky. If it were to be extrapolated to a yearly budget ($2m+ per year) that would be 25% more than the entire Grassroots DAO budgets combined ($1.5m) under v0.

My key concern is that the market is ROUGH. If paid out in NEAR, I worry the sell pressure would be immense - NEAR keeps dropping in CoinMarketCap rankings, OG holders and projects keep getting rekt and losing faith. I would support budget getting paid out in USDC only (interesting how changing the unit of account automatically changes the perception of just how much money we are talking about here…)

2. NDC is ‘Community Led’ - who is the decision maker on this budget?

As it is to be expected of a Chunky budget in the midst of a rough bear market, most community members I’ve had the opportunity to talk about are a mix of surprised, sceptical or against it. Which leads to the key question - who is the real decision maker here?

I am worried we are sleep walking into spending very large amounts of money with very:

a) little input from the community
b) feedback, questions and concerns being automatically dismissed because this ‘community led program’ doesn’t actually need the community to approve spending

As I’ve outlined on my Vision for Grassroots DAO post, the only I way I see governance being valuable long term is with things being Default Dead: nothing move forward unless there is sufficient buy-in from the community. If we were to apply this to GWG and this budget: is the budget simply being communicated to us or are we being asked whether we want to proceed?

3. How does NDC determine value creation?

I have a very simple principle - you should always create more value than you extract. While it may be true that NDC has the potential to create and unlock several orders of magnitude more than the requested budget, the key questions are:

  • What is the simplest way we can achieve our goal?
  • Can we achieve our objectives in a more cost-efficient manner?
  • Do we have the best people for the job?
  • Are we doing what matters the most right now? (Unlock maximum impact)
  • Are there inefficiencies, redundancies that need to be eliminated?

There is always the risk of the NDC becoming too bloated which leads to polarisation: some people concentrate on the things that are adding value while some people concentrate on things that may not be needed or working as intended. The truth lies somewhere in the middle: can we cut the budget in half and achieve the same results?

The aim is not to hamper people doing greta work. But to acknowledge that we are closer to a Brussels level of bureaucracy than the vision of Decentralised Governance as an engine for growth of the ecosystem.

4. What are the current oversight mechanisms?

Expanding on the questions around value creation above, who determines and approve each item of this budget? I’ve seen a proliferation of working groups - some without clear leadership, reason for existing, or even much activity recently and they are more likely than not to be funded.

I want to be clear that I do not believe that anyone has bad intentions. But I am worried that realistically - there is no one keeping track of ‘part time hours’ worked, or asking tough questions prior to disbursing money.

5. What happens if the NDC fails?

The reason why most of us are in crypto is because of corrupt politicians and bloated bureaucracies that then significantly hurt the economy and our ability to work, progress and succeed. Perhaps the biggest lesson from recent financial crises is: ‘too big to fail’ is a recipe for disaster. Entitlement and immunity is what kills you.

I thin we should all be reminded daily that the NDC can fail.

Everything we do - and ask funding for - needs to be seen through a very clear North Star:

  1. Is this creating value for the NEAR ecosystem? (NEAR as a blockchain can also die)
  2. Is this more or less likely to lead to the long term success of NDC? (as measured by community approval, participation. Big assumption is that NEAR doesn’t die first as a blockchain because all the focus went into governance and not enough into fostering an environment welcoming and supportive of builders)

Overall, it’s a strange feeling to be considered an OG, to spent countless hours trying to catch up with all the discussions, countless more hours contributing what I hope would be valuable insights, and not see myself reflected in a huge budget (have never received $1 from NDC). I believe the sentiment is similar with many founders and builders operating on shoestring budgets, grinding just to keep their project alive on NEAR (many have to go to other blockchains out of necessity).


I am sharing the same concerns with all the point you made.


Please find the detailed breakdown now added to the sheet, the PM’s are full-time.

Group Public name Internal name April May June Total Q2
Bounties & Gigs Bounties, BOS Widgets EasyPoll (IamHuman Integration) $0 $6,000 $0 $6,000
Bounties & Gigs Bounties, BOS Widgets Kudos / Upvote / Nominate $0 $7,500 $7,500 $15,000
Bounties & Gigs Bounties, BOS Widgets NDC Academy $0 $0 $0 $0
Bounties & Gigs Bounties, BOS Widgets Wiki / NearDocs $0 $7,500 $7,500 $15,000
Bounties & Gigs Bounties, BOS Widgets TrackMyBounty $0 $7,500 $7,500 $15,000
Bounties & Gigs Bounties, NDC Dashboard NDC Dashboard, Pikes Peak RFP $16,000 $4,800 $4,800 $25,600
Bounties & Gigs Bounties, NDC Dashboard NDC Governance Gateway $0 $7,500 $7,500 $15,000
Bounties & Gigs Bounties, UI/UX Work Graphical Support $6,000 $0 $0 $6,000
Bounties & Gigs Bounties, UI/UX Work UX work, cross widgets $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 $12,000
Bounties & Gigs General Bounties General Bounties (referral, graphics, content, amplify) $12,500 $12,500 $12,500 $37,500
Bounties & Gigs Bounties, BOS Widgets Martin $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $7,500
Events Community Events Community Events $6,500 $6,000 $6,000 $18,000
Events Swag Swag $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $7,500
Events Travel Travel $9,000 $9,000 $9,000 $27,000
Governance Core Team, Governance Governance $4,250 $4,250 $4,250 $12,750
Governance Core Team, Legal Legal WG $4,500 $4,500 $4,500 $13,500
MarComm Community Moderators MarCom, Mods Lead $800 $800 $800 $2,400
MarComm Community Moderators MarCom, Mods, Senior $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $3,600
MarComm Community Moderators MarCom, Mods, Junior $800 $800 $800 $2,400
MarComm Core Team, Community Mgr MarCom, Community Mgr role $3,500 $3,500 $3,500 $10,500
MarComm Core Team, Near Studio MarCom, Near Studio $22,500 $900 $900 $24,300
MarComm Core Team, Social Media Strategy MarCom, Social Media & Mods Lead $4,500 $4,500 $4,500 $13,500
MarComm Core Team, WG Coaching Core Team, WG Coaching $4,250 $4,250 $4,250 $12,750
MarComm IAH Incentives, Guerilla Marketing IAH Incentives, Guerilla Marketing $0 $25,000 $25,000 $50,000
Program Mgmt Bounties, Charter Drafting Bounties, Charter Drafting $5,000 $5,000 $5,000 $15,000
Program Mgmt Bounties, Note Takers Bounties, Note Takers $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $3,600
Program Mgmt Core Team, Project Managers Core Team, Project Mgr $10,010 $10,010 $10,010 $30,030
Program Mgmt Core Team, Project Managers Core Team, Project Mgr $6,500 $6,500 $6,500 $19,500
Program Mgmt Tools & Subscriptions Tools & Subscriptions $500 $500 $500 $1,500
Tech Core Team, Architect Tech, Aarchitect $8,000 $8,000 $8,000 $24,000
Tech Core Team, Full Stack Tech, Full Stack role $0 $0 $0 $0
Tech Core Team, Full Stack Tech, Dev Ops role $0 $11,000 $11,000 $22,000
Tech Core Team, Full Stack Community SBT, KYC SBT, IAH Dashboard $4,000 $4,000 $4,000 $12,000
Tech Core Team, Full Stack NDC Voting UI $0 $0 $0 $0
Tech Core Team, QA Core Team, QA $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $7,500
Tech Core Team, Smart Contracts Core Team, Smart Contract Dev $2,500 $2,500 $2,500 $7,500
Non-costs Treasury Buffer Treasury Buffer $20,000 $0 $0 $20,000
Non-costs Contingency Contingency $7,276 $8,561 $8,261 $24,097
Total $172,786 $186,771 $180,471 $539,527

The marketing budget mostly comprises rewards for the NEAR Community to onboard the existing Community to IamHuman to bring Governance online with voters. A new WG has started with the Distro, DEGEN, NFT, and SWARM WG’s to create a campaign and budget and tracking around incentives for Projects, Communities, and Verticals.

  1. Event budget seems even more luxurious. Where can I find more detail? Many huge projects don’t spend anywhere close to $2,500/month on swag.

Please find the invoice for Swag from Consensus, with inflation, this is the budget for 180 decent-quality t-shirts.

Quote51438-4-12-2023_44214_PM.pdf (369.9 KB)

NEAR Asked the same question in general once NDC V1 Gov is online, it will be higher. The Trust has no stables. The Legal WG also referenced that Treasury Management in terms of impact, is not a purpose of the Trust. The Trust purpose is toward NEAR.

Please find our forecasted yearly budget.

The GWG has consistently come in under budget every QTR as the NDC movement had not started. Happy to report the movement is gaining a lot of traction and much more is now happening. With over 20 workgroups, 100’s of Community created documents, Charters, Budgets, Design docs, NDC Tooling

The budget was created based on over 4 months of research by many Community members including expert input. You can now find the detailed supporting documents on NDCDocs

NDC Q2 Budget Supporting Docs:

NDC Overview:

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honorable mentions:
Core contributors INC4, MetaPool,
EugeneTheDream (@ekuzyakov), and the NDC

The goal of the Governance Working Group (GWG) is to be the steward of bringing NDC V1 Gov ONLINE which establishes governance for the NEAR Ecosystem that allows the Community to vote on how funding (Community Treasury), representatives, and governance are managed.

Instead of doing it in a completely centralized way we have been actively working on the governance process and interacting with the Community to define how V1 Gov will function. The GWG is actively decentralizing while actively brining NDC V1 Gov online by empowering devs to BuiDL NDC Gov, Community members to define governance processes, and revitalizing and onboarding the Community to the NDC through rewards for onboarding to IamHuman.

  • MVP Gov products and processes that are lean and iterative.
  • What are the costs to BuiDL a decentralized society? The effort is massive multi-year and expansive. It’s surely north of 1M USD
  • We have industry-leading experts in the GWG with immense experience in enterprise-level Fortune 500 delivery, budgeting, and execution who our the stewards of the process.
  • What matters most right now is onboarding OG’s projects, communities, and verticals. The NDC is massively growing and new OG’s come forward weekly.

Community | Funding | Governance
By and for the NEAR Community

The Super Power of the GWG is, however the Community Contributors! :raised_hands: There is absolutely no way that NDC could be at its current state of progression without the support of the Community, Founders, Backers, NF, Pagoda, Proximity and the rest of the nodes. :raised_hands::raised_hands::raised_hands::raised_hands::raised_hands::raised_hands:

  • Simply put it’s never been done at this level, it’s raw, organic, evolving. We will not get it right upfront, it will take time, it will be iterative, it will be community-led.

Advisory Panels, Ecosystem Roundtables, Community Feedback Loops (as this one)

75% of things fail in the first five years. This is not contemplatable. In my view, if we fail to assemble the Community to NDC V1 Gov due to infighting, gangs, disbelief or not revitalizing our Community then it will fail massively and no more funding will transition to the Community Treasury.

Web3 is stressful, most Community members are managing 3-5 gigs to make it. NDC has the potential to be the Gig Economy in Web3. Shaped by the NEAR Community.

NDC PRINCIPLE II - You will be rewarded if you are a contributor to the NDC, directly contributing to BuiDL Web3 Gov. It must be verifiable via two other contributors. You can be removed from your gov contribution role for misconduct. No hiring process is required. All Gigs are outcome-based. We learned last cycle upfront payments should only be given for a high enough reputation level.


  • MODERATED A WG (workgroup)


  • What did you do
  • What is a modest reward for your contribution







NDCGigs (#nearDocs v0.01)

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Where is your salary here?

  • Kaz?
  • Sarah (who does nothing)?
  • other people

What the traveling? Private jet?

This is fake information to get your incentives and bonuses.
Only 2-3 charters are ready.

Waste of time and money. NF removed degens for not effective work for Blaze, who would like to come them back?

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Hey Mariette.

If you wish to engage in this topic please address your concerns in a respectful manner. Your subsequent comment had to be removed because of poor use of language, which is against the community guidelines :pray:


These are forecasts. Names are not present as rewards are issued retroactively, the ids will be present in the issued rewards.

Please find the details of my grant here:

I am not included in the GWG budget. Unless there are specific expenses like pre-paying events or swag. Which will be disclosed in the rewards with payments and quotes.

Not every workgroup is focused on Charters. Here are the areas of focus outlined in the docs shared above:

Workgroups create

  1. Governance principles, guidelines, processes & procedures
  2. Constellations
  • Decentralized Verticals
  • Sustainability Engines
  • Services Industries
  1. Projects & Products
  2. Advisory Panels
  3. more Workgroups

Plz, see GWG Q2 OKRs with a Goal of 5 key Charters & Budgets.

My hope is for our entire Community to be revitalized. Yes, that includes DEGENS and every Collective that provided value that has left or is dormant in the darkest reaches of the NEARVerse. I think that is what many do. How was value / is value measured?

Hmm, a DAY 0 community member is not part of the Community? We the Community (NDC) are working to make a better change. Who is the community, well, we’ve been discussing it for some time. Here’s what NDC (the Community) came up with.

Maybe you don’t agree?

Make your voice heard. Join the NDC.

Shape the Future of NEAR | Led by the Community | Led by Humans ON NEAR


We needed NDC police to investigate cases against community and share them with authorities in the real world. In agenda relationships between Blaze and INC4, corruption between NDC and NDC trustees.

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Hey Mariette.

These are very serious allegations. If you cannot support them with convincing evidence I suggest you refrain from making such comments. It’s ok to be in disagreement but accusing community with unbacked claims is not something we tolerate and is against our community guidelines :pray: