Grants and Donations
Support bitcoin developers so they can focus on building our future.
BitMEX, like other companies in the Bitcoin space, relies heavily on the (often-volunteer) work of dedicated open source developers. This work may be difficult, demanding, and often thankless. We believe it is the duty of corporations to help nourish the ecosystems in which they exist, giving back where possible to the projects from which they benefit – and from which their very business model may stem. Without the millions of free hours dedicated by open source developers powering everything from our operating systems to our web servers to Bitcoin itself, the BitMEX trading platform could not have been built.
Brink exists to strengthen the Bitcoin protocol and network through fundamental research and development, and to support the Bitcoin developer community through funding, education, and mentoring.
Brink was founded in 2020 with generous financial support from John Pfeffer and Wences Casares. Brink is 100% funded by donations from individuals and organizations who wish to support the open source Bitcoin network and protocol.
Chaincode Labs is a Bitcoin research and development center based in Midtown Manhattan, New York. Chaincode Labs is passionate about the development progress of the Bitcoin network and providing resources for independent innovators in the Bitcoin ecosystem. Chaincode Labs is privately funded and exist solely to support and develop Bitcoin. Chaincode Labs was co-founded in 2014 by Alex Morcos and Suhas Daftuar, who both co-founded global trading firm Hudson River Trading.
The Gemini Opportunity Fund is a fund focused on making Bitcoin more scalable, secure, and sustainable through grants, fellowships, and donations. The fund will support a range of individuals, foundations, nonprofits, and projects that we believe will help to ensure the continued success of the Bitcoin Network.
In 2020, the Human Rights Foundation launched a fund to support software developers who are making the Bitcoin network more private, decentralized, and resilient so that it can better serve as a financial tool for human rights activists, civil society organizations, and journalists around the world.
OpenSats is committed to funding Bitcoin as well as these technologies on the periphery including scaling technologies, secure communication protocols, self-custody solutions, second-layer tech, educational resources, research and design contributors, etc.
Free and open-source Bitcoin projects as well as related free and open-source projects which help Bitcoin flourish and reach its fullest potential may apply to be listed on the Open Sats website by submitting an application.
OKCoin is dedicated to investing in protocol development, increase utility and adoption, and the developer ecosystem. Grant recipients are chosen for their articulated and demonstrated vision for advancing the ecosystem; OKCoin's funding is provided to support their work. OKCoin's focus is on investing in Bitcoin development: Okcoin grants are free of obligation - grant recipients are not expected to work on behalf of the exchange.
Open source money for open source packages. Value4Value payments for npm (and other package managers)
Superlunar worked to strengthen web3’s infrastructure by empowering its contributors. Since 2020, we funded and supported the global builders, maintainers, and educators working toward the continued success of the Bitcoin Network and adjacent technologies. We considered proposals for individuals seeking sponsorship, project-based work, and large scale programs. Programs seeking sponsorship should be focused on educating and nurturing developer talent, ideally serving underrepresented areas of the ecosystem. Superlunar was an extension of the Gemini Opportunity Fund created in 2020 and plans to build upon its previous impact. Previous GOF grant recipients include foundations such as MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), projects like Mempool.space and multiple Bitcoin Core developers.
Bitcoin is the best money. It should be used like it. Spiral builds and funds free, open-source projects aimed at making bitcoin the planet’s preferred currency. Get paid in bitcoin to work on bitcoin. Spiral's grant process financially supports developers and designers in over a dozen countries and counting.
Empowering open-source Bitcoin builders in Brazil. Vinteum is a non-profit Bitcoin research and development center dedicated to supporting Bitcoin developers in Brazil and the wider Latin America region. Vinteum will train and fund open source developers to work on Bitcoin and the Lightning Network. Vinteum's aim is to foster the next generation of Bitcoin builders. The grant program awards year-long grants to established Bitcoin protocol developers from Latin America to work on open source Bitcoin projects.