Lab Fund

Looking to participate but not quite ready for the Seed Fund? Test your mettle in the Lab Fund and explore the possibilities of Stellar! Use, talk about, or showcase Stellar in some way and you’re welcome to participate.


left till the Community Voting phase!

At a glance

The goal of the Lab Fund is to inspire experimental use cases, open-source software, documentation, events, market presence, and real-world stress tests.  The Lab Fund will also serve as an onramp into the Seed Fund.

  • Four times per year, 500,000 XLM is split between ~12 projects
  • Of initial entries, ~12 are chosen by a nomination panel of SDF and community members
  • Final amount allocation is determined by quadratic community vote
  • Strong emphasis on open-source and public-content contributions


This fund is an entry point for exploration and discovery.  It's designed to encourage and support wide and varied ecosystem experimentation, and will have lower prize amounts, higher frequency, and more entrants than the Seed Fund. The bar for eligibility is therefore quite low: use, talk about, or showcase Stellar in some way and you’re welcome to participate. There’s a nomination panel to filter out ineligible entries and to select the ~12 best for the final community vote, but the idea is all are welcome to try and keep trying.


August 31, 2020

Submissions open.  

September 21, 2020

Submissions close. Panel selection begins.

October 12, 2020

Community discussion begins.

October 26, 2020

Community discussion ends. Community voting begins.

November 2, 2020

Community voting ends.

Learn more about the different phases.