Wtf have I stumbled upon?
This is Aave Grants, a community grants program focused on growing the Aave ecosystem through funding the best ideas, projects and teams while contributing to the protocol and wider ecosystem.
Cool! So, this is part of the team that originally built the Aave protocol?
No, that's Aave Companies. Aave Grants was established after the formation of the Aave DAO and the protocol was decentralized to the community. We are funded through the Aave DAO governance process. You can think of Aave Grants as a sub-DAO of the larger Aave DAO. Since being established, we have made two update and renewal posts here and here.
Got it. I’m building in the ecosystem, where can I submit a grant application? Any deadlines or cohorts to keep in mind?
We would love for you to apply. We accept rolling applications throughout the year on our website.
Can I apply for a grant to build on Lens?
Not through Aave Grants. Lens was built by Aave Companies and they periodically run grants program, most recently in April. Follow them on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest opportunities to build on Lens.
One of the ideas listed on the website is aligned to what I am building, should I apply through the same form as a normal grant?
Yes! The application process is the same, and you can indicate that it is in response to an idea listed on the website.
I have not heard back on my application yet, can I get an update?
If you search your email for ‘Congratulations & AGD Next Steps’ then you can confirm that your application has been received. If you have not heard back after 1 month then you can request an update through the Aave Grants Telegram channel.
Will I hear back if my application is rejected?
Yes, you will hear back either way if your application is successful or not.
We are still waiting to hear back on our application but we have made a ton of progress - is there a way for us to update our proposal?
Once applications are submitted they cannot be edited. Please share any updates if you move on to the interview stage or if your application is not successful you can include them in an updated application.
My grant was milestone based, how do I follow up once a milestone has been reached?
You can fill in the form available at