Rules and Guidelines

Make sure to read through the rules and guidelines prior to submitting your project. What we're looking for is organic, genuine interest and discussion around your project. Foster and encourage that. Be kind and supportive to your fellow competitors.

Submission Elibility

Applicable law and our internal policies restrict us from providing lumen awards to certain categories of projects. If your project is in one of our prohibited categories, it will not be eligible for an award. If you are unsure whether your project falls into these one or more of these categories, please contact us and verify.

Regardless of the panel or community voting outcome, a submission will be ineligible to receive an award if it:

  1. violates any applicable laws, regulations, orders, judgments, decrees, guidance, or other legal authority;
  2. involves, facilitates, supports, or promotes unlawful activities, including, but not limited to: fraud, drug trafficking, purchases on dark web markets, theft, illegal arms trafficking, human trafficking, abduction, extortion, embezzlement, corruption of public officials, acts of terrorism or terrorist financing, and intellectual property violations;
  3. involves, facilitates, or promotes gambling;
  4. is offensive, deceptive, harmful, or libelous;
  5. is or contains sexually obscene content;
  6. is discriminatory or abusive toward any individual or group;
  7. contains, transmit, or instills malware or phishing pages or devices; or
  8. infringes or violates any proprietary right of any party, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of privacy, right of publicity, or other rights.

Participant Eligibility

SDF intends to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the distribution of lumen awards. All winners will be required to submit KYC documentation and fill out an applicable tax form. Failure to submit appropriate documentation or failure to pass our KYC checks will result in your rewards being forfeit. These tax forms will be used for accounting and tax reporting purposes, so please be aware of your country’s applicable laws regarding tax-filing. Lumens will be reported at closing price on the day they are sent to you.

‍You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in SCF unless your country's minimum age for receiving a cryptocurrency award is older, in which case you must meet the minimum age applicable in your jurisdiction.

Unfortunately, if you’re a national or resident of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, or the region of Crimea, we are unable to send you any lumens. Additionally, we may be unable to send lumens to winners in countries where local law makes it unlawful for residents to hold or receive cryptocurrencies. Please note: we currently cannot send lumens to residents of the US states of Alabama, New York, Georgia, Connecticut, New Mexico, Hawaii, Vermont, and Washington.

Current Ecosystem Infrastructure Grant recipients are ineligible to participate in the Seed Fund, though they may participate in the Lab Fund.‍

While you may resubmit “losing” proposals, there should be significant improvements or pivots to your initial pitch; otherwise your entry will be considered ineligible.‍

Manipulation and Disqualification

While this is a community fund, the SDF retains the right to disqualify entries and timeout participants without warning or explanation in order to maintain a fair and profitable experience for everyone. If we find you’re acting in bad faith, we may bar you from participating in future rounds as well.

Please do not use the SCF Keybase team for defamation either of the program or of individual participants. Such behavior is a bannable offense.