The Algorand Foundation announced a 250 million ALGO (roughly $43 million) grants program to foster development on the Algorand blockchain on April 14.
Cointelegraph spoke to Fangfang Chen, the Algorand Foundation’s head of operations, to find out more about the program.
Algorand launches $43 million grants program
The funds will be allocated to “qualified investors across four major categories: innovative research, development tools for the Algorand blockchain, use cases for decentralized applications (Dapps) […], and education and community initiatives.”
Chen emphasizes that the grants are intended to bring about the Algorand Foundation’s vision for a “borderless economy:”
“In this vision, we see a global economy that is able to function in a frictionless way, enabling everybody to participate in the global economy, no matter where they are based. The goal of the 250M ALGO Grants Program is to encourage innovation and learning that achieves this vision of a borderless economy.”
Chen provides several examples of projects that the foundation believes to contribute to bringing about the borderless economy — including decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols, social media integration, digital identity, supply chain management, and asset tokenization.
“In addition, we will also look to support innovation around infrastructure and middleware that further enables and simplifies the creation of end-user applications,” he adds.
Algorand Foundation announces first three recipients
Alongside announcing the program, the Algorand Foundation has also announced its first three grant recipients.
They include Bloq — a “multi-blockchain infrastructure provider” that delivers Algorand APIs and nodes, PureStake AlgoSigner — an open-source browser plug-in allowing developers to integrate ALGO payments into their applications without compromising users’ private keys, and Reach — a development platform designed to simplify the creation of Dapps on the…