RetroPGF Round 3

The Optimism Collective’s third round of Retroactive Public Goods Funding (Retro Funding) took place in the fall of 2023. RetroPGF 3 allocated 30m OP tokens to reward contributions that have supported the development and adoption of Optimism.

# Process Overview

  1. Project Applications: September 19th - October 23rd
  2. Voting: November 6th - December 7th
  3. Results & Token Disbursement: January, 2024

# Results

👉 You can view the Mirror post announcing the RetroPGF Round 3 recipients here (opens new window) and the official results on Agora (opens new window).

Retro Funding recipients must complete a KYC process with the Optimism Foundation. If you're a recipient, please direct questions or problems with the KYC & grant delivery process to [email protected].

You can view the written retrospective with the learnings & reflections on RetroPGF 3 here (opens new window).

# Voting

👉 Voting was live from November 6th - December 7th. There were two applications badgeholders could use to vote in RetroPGF 3:

  • West -
  • Agora -

In addition, there's useful tooling that has been built to support badgeholders:

Badgeholders can find all the information relevant for voting in the Badgeholder Manual (opens new window)

# Project Applications

👉 You can see applications on the voting applications from Agora (opens new window) and West (opens new window)

Every type of contribution to the Optimism ecosystem is eligible for Retro Funding. Whether you’re a developer working on an Ethereum execution client or an educator creating Optimism-inspired video content, if you’re providing impact, you’re eligible!

Retro Funding is open to all Optimism artists, creators, writers, builders, and evangelists. If you're looking for inspiration on what you could contribute to the Optimism Collective, check out the Ecosystem Contributions Board (opens new window)

# Badgeholders


Q: Did my contribution need to have taken place between the end of round 2 and beginning of round 3? A: No, all contributions that have supported the development and adoption of Optimism are considered, no matter when they took place.
Q: Were projects nominated? A: There was no nomination process, instead projects directly applied for RetroPGF 3.
Q:Are VC funded teams or teams that received a grant from the Optimism Token House eligible for Retro Funding? Yes, both VC funded teams as well as teams that received a grant from the Token House are eligble. Badgeholders uphold the principle of "impact = profit", where individuals should receive profit equal to the impact they provided to the Optimism Collective.
Q: If I received rewards in RetroPGF 2, was I able to sign up for Round 3 with the same contribution? Yes, you were able to apply again with the same contribution. We asked that you include the rewards you received in Round 2 in your "Grants and Funding" section of your application.
Q: Are Retro Funding rewards subject to a 1 year lock-up? No, Retro Funding rewards are not subject to a 1 year lock-up. After the round concludes, projects will need to complete a KYC process with the Optimism Foundation and will then gradually receive their Retro Funding rewards over a 90 day period.
Q: Are RetroPGF 3 rewards sourced from sequencer revenue or Retro Funding token allocation? Round 3 rewards are sourced from the [Retro Funding token allocation]( Future rounds of Retro Funding may allocate surplus protocol revenue.
Q: Does my Project need to be on OP mainnet to be eligible? No, your project does not need to be on OP mainnet. As long as you’re providing impact to the Optimism Collective, you are eligible for Retro Funding!