Exploring Three Grant Programs for Mina Developers

Learn how to get started as a developer in the Mina ecosystem.

In the rapidly expanding landscape of blockchain technology, zero knowledge (ZK) proofs have emerged as a powerful new primitive. Developers seeking to explore ZK’s unique scalability and privacy properties and build production-ready applications are choosing Mina for its lightweight, recursive design and intuitive developer experience. 

The following grant programs are designed to empower developers and entrepreneurs to learn and build their ideas on Mina Protocol. 

zkIgnite Grants

zkIgnite is a cohort-based, community-governed innovation fund for experienced ZK builders and entrepreneurs in the Mina ecosystem. 

The program is designed to support developers with key resources and grants to turn their ideas and passion projects into full-fledged businesses. The allocation of funding is determined by a team of electors from the Mina community. 

To date, zkIgnite has funded 50 ZK applications and developer tooling projects pushing the boundaries of what is possible on Mina Protocol through Cohort 1 and Cohort 2. Cohort 3 is accepting proposals until January 31, 2024. 

Learn more about Mina zkIgnite grants → 

Core Grants

Core is a grant program to fund public goods and address current infrastructure needs on Mina Protocol through an RFP (Request for Proposals) process. 

Core grants are allocated on a rolling basis and are specific in scope. They focus on supporting high-priority development areas, including, among other things, token standards, zkOracles, Data Availability layers, new development features, and more. 

Learn more about Mina Core grants →

With a major upgrade of Mina Protocol coming soon, plus bridges and other critical tooling in progress, now is the time to get started building. Mina’s TypeScript framework for zkApps makes it easy, and provides unique recursion properties that make your smart contracts composable and efficient. 

Here’s what Mina builders are saying. But don’t take their word for it, read the Docs to see for yourself. 


Mina also supports two key features that many other ZK platforms do not support:

1. You can write zk circuits in Javascript!! Super easy to write, and very compatible with @PaimaStudios

Build your onchain game / autonomous world, including the ZK circuits, all in JS! 😍

— Sebastien Guillemot (@SebastienGllmt) July 26, 2023


Milestone Alert! 🚀
In just 1 month since its launched, #zkDatabase has soared to new heights of 600+ downloads, boasting 170-180 weekly 🎉

Your trust fuels our commitment to revolutionizing provable data @MinaProtocol ♥️

— Orochi Network (@OrochiNetwork) September 5, 2023




About Mina Protocol

Mina is the world’s lightest blockchain, powered by participants. Rather than apply brute computing force, Mina uses advanced cryptography and recursive zk-SNARKs to design an entire blockchain that is about 22kb, the size of a couple of tweets. It is the first layer-1 to enable efficient implementation and easy programmability of zero knowledge smart contracts (zkApps). With its unique privacy features and ability to connect to any website, Mina is building a private gateway between the real world and crypto—and the secure, democratic future we all deserve.

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