To promote financial and economic inclusion, we provide grants to projects that actively contribute to the development and adoption of the Trustlines ecosystem.



Open-source software

As the Foundation values and aims to promote the philosophy of decentralized networks, projects should also be open source.


Aiding the Trustlines cause

We are offering grants to anyone as we desire to foster all types of projects as long as they support our mission.


There are multiple ways to contribute to the Trustlines ecosystem. Here are some examples for your inspiration

Develop a community currency
Build on top or integrate the Trustlines Protocol, e.g., add regional currency networks.
Adapt the Protocol
Develop or deploy variations of the Trustlines Protocol so it would meet the local, cultural, or religious requirements.
Boost user adoption
Create educational resources, organize meetups, host workshops, etc.
Conduct research
If you are doing PhD in economics, you could research credit or P2P payment channel networks, including the so-called “imbalanced channel” problem.
Enhance user experience
Build a more advanced mobile application or integrate new features.

Our value proposition


The total size of the grant depends on the scope of your project, requirements and the estimated budget of the project. It will be paid out in TLN. To get the funding, you would need to define the project milestones, your payouts would depend on them.


We offer mentorship and provide you access to our network in the Ethereum ecosystem. We can also connect you to projects similar to yours.

Use of trademarks

The Trustlines trademarks can be used following the Trustlines Trademark Guidelines. This way, your project can already benefit from the popularity of the Trustlines Protocol starting day one.

How to apply

You can apply anytime. Once we receive your application, we will start the evaluation process that includes the initial screening of your application, followed by an in-depth review and an interview if necessary.


The duration of this process depends on level of detail of your application and the scope of your project in general. We might contact you for additional information if something is missing.

Important to know

  • Please provide us with only one contact person to ease communication if you are applying as a team.
  • As mentioned, payouts are linked to milestones, which are defined during the application process. For this reason, we will track the project’s success throughout the process closely.
  • To ensure compliance with current regulations regarding the financial sector, you or your team will need to pass a standard “Know Your Customer” (KYC) and ”Anti-Money Laundering” (AML) procedure during the review process.

Frequently Asked

  • I have received some form of funding already, but it is not sufficient. Can I still apply?

    Yes. However, the Trustlines Foundation reserves the right to access the complete information regarding your use of funds to determine your eligibility during the evaluation process.

  • Does the Trustlines Foundation require equity in return?

    No, the Trustlines Foundation does not require any equity or control over your project.

  • Can I apply as a legal entity or private person?

    If a legal entity has already been established, apply as such. If not, or if you’re in the process of forming a legal entity, we ask you to apply as a private person initially.

  • What is expected of me when I receive a grant?

    This depends on various aspects, such as the grant size. It will be agreed upon before receiving funding. We may ask you to give periodic updates on the project’s progress.

  • Is my project eligible if only parts of it are open source?

    Yes, funding is still possible. In this case, please outline what parts exactly will or will not be open source in your application.

Please note that these guidelines are always a work in progress.

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