Governance Fund Overview


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# Overview

5.4% of the total initial token supply (231,928,234 OP) will be distributed to Optimism projects and communities via the Governance Fund. The goal of the Governance Fund is to empower the OP community to proactively incentivize future growth of projects and communities in the Optimism ecosystem. You can read more about the total allocation of OP in the Allocations section of our Governance docs.

The first two phases of Governance Fund disbursement ("OP Stimpack"):

  • Phase 0 will run pre-Airdrop #1. Project eligibility is determined by on-chain metrics. The Optimism Foundation will work with eligible projects to construct applications before review and approval by the Token House (OP Holders and their delegates).

  • Phase 1 will start post-Airdrop #1. Any project on Optimism is eligible to submit a proposal. Proposals are reviewed and approved by the Token House (OP holders and their delegates).

Approved OP allocations will be sent to the wallet address in the proposal. A claims process may be required.

All OP tokens received by projects in both Phase 0 and Phase 1 will be allocated at the discretion of that project to incentivize future sustainable growth of their community on Optimism.

# Phase 0

Phase 0 is designed to reward existing projects that have driven growth of the Optimism ecosystem. This phase begins May 3 and stays open for proposals until May 24.

The amount of funding for each project is determined by a set of on-chain metrics, calculated via a snapshot of the Optimism chain on April 1, 2022 at 12:00am UTC.

Below is our initial set of guidelines for Phase 0 token distribution.

# Optimism nativity

Projects in Phase 0 receive a 3x multiplier if they are deemed “OP-native”, a determination made using a simple set of criteria.

To qualify as OP Native, the latest version of the project's contracts must currently exist solely on Optimism (or Optimism AND Ethereum).

# Allocations

To view the amount of tokens each Phase 0 project can claim, view this spreadsheet (opens new window). For more information, see the Methodology Notes section below.

# Proposal Process

Each project must submit a proposal for how they will spend the tokens to grow usage of their project on Optimism. All Phase 0 proposals will be reviewed together as the Token House’s inaugural governance act. After this vote, OP tokens will be distributed to each approved project.

For details on how to submit a proposal during Phase 0, see this template (opens new window).

Projects that do not put forward a clear plan for how they will spend these tokens to incentivize sustainable growth of their community and usage on Optimism will not have their proposals included in the Phase 0 batch approval for submission to the Token House.

If all Phase 0 projects successfully claim the OP they’re eligible for, a total of 36,600,000 OP (0.8% of the total initial OP supply, 15% of the total Governance Fund) will be allocated to 27 projects.

The majority of the Governance Fund will be distributed as part of Phase 1.

# Methodology Notes

  • TVL was pulled from DeFiLlama’s Optimism TVL (opens new window) data. DeFiLlama’s staking, pool2, borrowing, and double count categories were all filtered out in order to focus on core product TVL.
  • Transaction count was based on the project usage snapshot dashboard (opens new window), with contract to project mappings performed manually.
  • We calculated average transactions per day over the last 30 days. If a project deployed less than 30 days before April 1, we averaged transactions per day over the period it was live.

# Phase 1

Phase 1 will begin after Airdrop #1 and will distribute the remainder of the Governance Fund (approx. 196,128,233 OP) to projects in the Optimism ecosystem. Phase 1 will run from Airdrop #1 until the Governance Fund is exhausted.

During Phase 1, any project on Optimism can submit a forum proposal to request any amount of OP tokens. The proposal must include a plan for how the tokens will incentivize growth on Optimism. Proposals will be reviewed and voted on by OP token holders and their delegates.

In these early stages, the Optimism Foundation may release guidelines to help OP governance participants develop an intuition for which proposals will genuinely benefit the Optimism ecosystem. To strike the right balance between preventing spam and facilitating accessibility, the Optimism Foundation may adjust the requirements for creating and passing a proposal.

For details on how to submit a proposal during Phase 1, see this template (opens new window).

When a project gets a proposal approved, they are still eligible to apply for further proposals. We recommend that projects distribute their initial allocation of tokens before requesting further tokens. Projects are also encouraged to reference data from the success of their initial distribution to strengthen their case in future proposals.

# Matching

Although not a strict requirement, the Optimism Foundation recommends that each project submitting a Governance Fund proposal include a commitment to match OP token incentives with their own project incentives (when the project has the capital and capacity to do so).