BUILDING THE FUTURE OF CARDANO | GOVERNANCE | SOCIETY
Create, fund and deliver the future of Cardano.
Project Catalyst is an experiment in community innovation, providing a framework to turn ideas into impactful real world projects. We’re putting the community at the heart of Cardano’s future development. Are you ready for the Challenge?
Welcome to Catalyst Swarm. Here you will find some basic information which will help you through your journey.
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Approximately every 3 months, project Catalyst enters a new Funding Cycle. Our Catalyst Clock makes it easy to visualize the flow of a Funding Cycle and the phases we will go through from start to finish.
June 1 to June 30
The first step on your funding journey will be to submit a proposal in Ideascale. You can start with a draft while collaborating with the community to refine your ideas and clarify your presentation. As you improve the quality of the proposal you will eventually be asked to Finalize your submission. Once a proposal has been Finalized, you will no longer be able to edit it, so make sure all checklists are complete, and important attachments and improvements have been added.
June 30 to July 14
Now the Catalyst quality assurance community takes over. Community Advisors (CAs) will assess your proposal based on specific criteria, including Impact and Feasibility, and they will award your proposal a corresponding grade. Once the CAs have finished their work, you will be given an opportunity to see the CA assessments on your proposal, and to offer feedback or even challenge assessments that violate community guidelines. Veteran Community Advisors (vCAs) will then follow up on this feedback, and will check all assessments for conformance to community guidelines, filtering out any assessments that are found to have violated the guidelines.
August 11 to August 25
After aggregating the results of all the valid assessments, your proposal will be ranked against its peers, and provided to the community via the Catalyst Voting App. Now the Ada holding Voters take over, checking out proposals of interest to them, taking into consideration the assessments that have been made, and finally submitting their secure yes or no vote to the Cardano blockchain. If you receive enough votes, and enough of those votes are positive, you are on your way to having your proposal approved by the community.
August 25 to September 1
Tally and Announcement
Once the voting stage is over, the results will be tallied. This results in the Final Results being announced, where all proposals are ranked according to the total voting power assigned by voters to each proposal (example). If a proposal doesn’t receive enough positive support, it will be listed as Not Approved, but if voters have positively supported your proposal, your voting power ranking will compete with the rankings of your peers, with the highest ranks being funded first, until the Challenge Setting funds are depleted.
September 6 to September 20
Funded Proposer Onboarding
If you have been approved and funded, Congratulations! But now the hard work of realizing your project begins. You will be asked to fill out onboarding forms and attend an initial getting-to-know-you meeting where you will learn about next steps in acquiring your funding, monthly progress reports and general information about the process workflow. In Catalyst, these funded cohorts are called ‘Coordinators’, and you will have an experienced and knowledgeable community available to answer your questions, with representation on the Catalyst Circle to ensure your voice is heard.