Cypherpunk Guild Grant Program

Cypherpunk Guild
3 min readApr 19, 2022


The Cypherpunk Guild is pleased to announce the opening of a new grant program to fund privacy-enhancing projects in a variety of areas, from DeFi, to governance, and more.

The Cypherpunk Guild is committed to providing up to 50k USD to projects that aim at expanding the NEAR ecosystem and advancing its mission of empowering people by giving them options to control their money, data, and governance.

The three main areas of interest for the guild are DeFi, Governance, and Social Networks, however, the guild also remains open to exploring and supporting other ideas so do not hesitate to come up with more original suggestions!

Privacy DeFi Infrastructure

As the demand for DeFi applications grows, so does the need to guarantee users’ privacy and safety to secure scalability. The Cypherpunk Guild is looking to fund projects aiming at implementing privacy solutions and strong protection mechanisms for DeFi that will help protect users and DeFi’s smooth ascent. Examples of such projects might include privacy-related solutions encompassing:

-Distributed financial infrastructure

-Prediction Markets

-Identity and KYC

-General Marketplaces




-Asset Tokenization



DAO/Governance Technology

DAOs are emerging in the crypto space as a new form of on-chain governance that allows for decentralized and democratic management of organizations. Since DAOs are run according to member consensus, privacy is essential in order to guarantee an environment free of corruption and pressure for the people engaging in voting, proposal resolutions, and funds allocations.

The Cypherpunk Guild is looking to fund projects that enhance the privacy solutions for DAOs, empower its users, and strengthen the processes of on-chain governance on NEAR Protocol.

Social Networks

The most popular social networks leave their users vulnerable to a variety of threats, such as identity theft, data mining, and the stealing and exploitation of personal information. As we increasingly rely on social networks for communication, we need solutions to guarantee users’s privacy, data protection, and safety.

Being committed to enhancing privacy and self-sovereignty through the use of cryptography, the Cypherpunk Guild is looking to award funds to projects that will work towards the realization of social networks respectful of users’ privacy and safety built on NEAR Protocol.

How To Apply

In order to apply you will need the following:

I. Complete documentation and roadmap (or a well-planned development timeline)

II. A clear and well-thought-out product architecture

III. At least two active devs working on the project

To apply, please send us an email with the required documentation at:

We are looking forward to your projects!

About Cypherpunk Guild:

The Cypherpunk Guild is a group of privacy-minded developers, marketers, and entrepreneurs, jointly collaborating to pioneer a future built around private transactions on NEAR Protocol and the larger crypto-verse. Led by two second-generation Cypherpunks, the Cypherpunk Guild supports the development of private applications on the Open Web, as a means of safeguarding user privacy and freedom.

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