Thank ARB x Cartographer Syndicate - Program Overview

About Cartographer Syndicate

The Cartographer Syndicate, part of MetaGov’s Grant Innovation Lab, is a collective dedicated to advancing the Web3 grants ecosystem through innovative curation, aggregation, and funding approaches within the Arbitrum community. Through this grant from Thank ARB, we intend to:

  1. Develop the Onchain Grant Aggregator on Arbitrum with Gitcoin, Karma, and OpenSource Observer.
  2. Aggregate news and current events related to Web3 Grants via Crypto Grant Wire
  3. Experiment with novel funding mechanisms and incentivize contributions.

Through these efforts, the Cartographer Syndicate aims to become a central hub for the Web3 grants community, providing the infrastructure, resources, and incentives needed to unlock Web3 Grants’ full potential and demonstrating Arbitrum DAO’s leadership in this rapidly evolving space.

Program Objectives

Build a Comprehensive Web3 Grant Program Registry

  • Partnering with Karma to build and maintain an easily accessible on-chain registry for all grant programs within the Web3 ecosystem
  • Exploration of building systems of transparency and accountability across grant programs
  • Integrating data analytics and visualization tools within the registry
  • Building a system aggregating news and current events across the Web3 grants landscape

A Grant Program for Grant Programs

  • Create a “grant program for grant programs,” allowing experimentation and utilizing novel funding mechanisms.
  • Managing the implementation of direct grants, contributor incentives, and novel funding mechanisms

Incentivize Community Contributions

  • Identifying new projects, updating existing project information, and ensuring accuracy
  • Building, maintaining, and improving the Web3 Grant Registry platform
  • Aggregating and curating news and events across the Web3 grants landscape

Incentives and Funding Mechanisms

The Cartographer Syndicate is committed to experimenting with and implementing novel funding mechanisms to provide the benefits of funding and position the Arbitrum Community at the forefront of innovation in the Web3 grants ecosystem.

Direct Grants

We will allocate funds towards direct grants to establish a solid foundation for the Onchain Grant Aggregator. These grants will be scoped as RFPs and earmarked for the following aspects of the registry’s development:

  • Reputation Systems: Integrating a system that ensures transparency and accountability for grant programs. This will involve developing program profiles and rubrics.
  • Analytics and Insights: Integrating data analytics and visualization tools within the registry. These features will include interactive dashboards to help users explore and derive insights from grant data, identify patterns, and discover relevant insights.
  • News Aggregation and Curation: Improving upon Crypto Grant Wire by building an automated and open system for aggregating news and current events across the Web3 grants landscape.
  • Grant Program Research & Analysis: Conduct research and analysis on grant programs within the Web3 ecosystem to inform the design and implementation of the Reputation Frameworks and help the Arbitrum DAO learn from this analysis and emulate or improve upon useful examples.

The RFPs will be released to the public, allowing interested parties to submit proposals. The Cartographer Syndicate will evaluate the proposals based on predefined criteria, such as technical feasibility, impact potential, and alignment with objectives.

Direct Contributor Incentives

In addition to the narrow scope RFPs, the Cartographer Syndicate will develop an incentive program to reward contributors who directly contribute to the registry’s growth and improvement. These incentives will recognize and reward the following activities:

  • Identifying new projects, updating existing project information, and ensuring accuracy
  • Integrating new data sources to enhance the registry’s depth and richness
  • Expanding and improving the registry’s funding data schema
  • Contributing to platform development
  • Aggregating and curating news and events across the Web3 grants landscape
  • Ensuring opportunities are readily available for Arbitrum DAO community members

As part of this initiative, the syndicate will experiment with different incentive mechanisms running on top of the Arbitrum network for payouts and release information on their findings and use of the bounty platforms.

Novel Funding Mechanisms

The Cartographer Syndicate will host a Quadratic Funding (QF) Round in July/August 2024 to attract members and support web3 grants research, tooling, and thought leadership growth.

The round will focus on individuals and teams who have previously contributed to these areas or those with forward-looking ideas that align with the Syndicate’s mission. Key aspects of the round include:

  • Eligibility criteria encompassing web3 grants contributions, community engagement, expertise, vision, and impact.
  • 100K ARB matching pool with a 10% matching cap.
  • Applications submitted via the Gitcoin Grants Stack, with feedback provided to all applicants
  • Successful applicants are welcomed into the Cartographer Syndicate as members, gaining access to a network of like-minded individuals and teams building towards a better future for web3 grants.

Through this QF Round, the Cartographer Syndicate aims to foster innovation, support diverse ideas, and drive the growth of the web3 grants ecosystem while maintaining the highest standards of transparency, fairness, and community engagement.

As a follow-up to the QF Round, the syndicate intends to explore testing the concept of conviction voting.


The program will be executed in three phases over three months (June-August 2024):

Phase 1: Foundations (June 2024)

  • Launch Direct Grant RFPs
  • Open Direct Contributor Incentives
  • Establish governance and communication structures for the Cartographer Syndicate.
  • Drive recruitment and awareness of the program within the Arbitrum ecosystem and beyond

Phase 2: Launch Incentives (July 2024)

  • Evaluate and award Direct Grant RFPs
  • Monitor and support Direct Grant recipients
  • Promote and manage Direct Contributor Incentives
  • Launch the Quadratic Funding (QF) Round
  • Evaluate QF applications and provide feedback

Phase 3: Create Impact (August 2024)

  • Integrate and launch work completed by Direct Grant recipients
  • Release insights from Grant Program Research & Analysis RFP
  • Finalize QF Round results and welcome successful applicants as members
  • Evaluate the impact of Direct Contributor Incentives and make adjustments
  • Explore conviction voting as a follow-up to the QF Round
  • Collect community feedback to inform future initiatives

Follow Us

We’ll be tracking all our progress and learnings publicly on this site: Cartographer Syndicate x Thank ARB Notion Page


Can you explain the difference between this initiative and existing grant programs at Arbitrum?
After all, there are already several grant programs, so what is the advantage of this one, why is a new platform needed?


Sure, I’m happy to provide some context:

Regarding the platform, a few sites are tracking grant programs today (I have created a few myself). These sites are mostly simple lists that provide little to no context for each program’s opportunities, activities, etc.

We believe there is potential to improve upon the concept by bringing it onchain and unlocking aspects of autonomy, news aggregation, and reputation. Here’s how we think the registry will improve upon its current state:

Onchain: Unlike traditional grant discovery sites, our registry is built entirely onchain with Gitcoin’s Allo Protocol. This will allow seamless integration with other Web3 tools and services, enabling a more comprehensive and interconnected ecosystem. By being onchain, the registry ensures that data remains transparent, immutable, and accessible.

Autonomous: Our platform empowers programs to claim and manage their registry profiles independently. This approach promotes autonomy, flexibility, and resilience, allowing grant programs to establish their identity, provide real-time updates, and organically grow awareness, regardless of the platform(s) they use to manage their program’s operational aspects. With the ability to customize and differentiate their profiles, grant programs can showcase their unique value proposition, attract aligned applicants, and streamline the profile management process, saving time and resources.

Data/Analytics: Our registry will incorporate data analytics capabilities to provide valuable insights. Grant program managers and applicants can leverage these tools to monitor progress, identify trends, and communicate results effectively, while applicants can discover relevant funding opportunities.

News & Current Events: Powered by :satellite:Crypto Grant Wire, the news aggregator, will feature updates, announcements, and thought leadership pieces to help keep users in the loop on emerging trends, new funding opportunities, and insightful perspectives.

Reputation: Our platform is not just a registry of grant programs but a system that enhances program reputation visibility. By leveraging on-chain data and enabling other services to connect and contribute to reputation metrics, we hope to create a view of each program’s effectiveness, reliability, and impact over time. This information empowers builders to make informed decisions when searching for grant opportunities, ensuring they allocate their time and resources to the most promising and reputable programs.

For the Cartographer Syndicate: Many sites aggregating this information today are inaccurate and only as good as the sole curator who keeps the information current. To ensure that our registry remains accurate and comprehensive, we created the Cartographer Syndicate that will:

  • Curate and verify grant program listings to ensure the information provided is reliable, up-to-date, and trustworthy.
  • Expand the registry’s coverage by identifying and adding new grant opportunities across the Web3 landscape.
  • Actively share updates via Crypto Grant Wire on the latest developments in the Web3 grants landscape, keeping the community informed and engaged.
  • Experiment with novel funding mechanisms and incentivize contributions.

Let me know if this helps with your question or if any other clarity I can provide. Thanks for your interest in our work!



Love the front-facing Notion for transparency. Also works well as a resource bank.

Nice job here.



Posting here and update on our progress and next steps for Week 27.

Moving forward myself or @rithikha will be posting updates here weekly on our progress and next steps to ensure transparency in our work back to the Arbitrum Community.

Progress: The Cartographer Syndicate has made significant strides in the past couple of weeks, completing several key milestones ahead of schedule. We’ve successfully launched all planned RFPs, initiated direct contributor incentives, and finalized criteria for the Quadratic Funding (QF) rounds. Tasks completed include establishing schedules for RFPs and contributor incentives, commencing application drives, and initiating outreach to qualified builder teams.

We’re on track to all of our milestones; you can find them at the link below:

Challenges: Our primary challenge has been limited reach and visibility due to our intentional approach to recruiting and maintaining a high-context community. We’ve addressed this by collaborating within our team to increase word-of-mouth reach. We’re also developing a nomination system for organic network growth, balancing the need for increased visibility with our commitment to quality engagement. The Syndicate is now 40 members and growing and we will be releasing announcements later this week with key partners on our work and collaborations.

Learnings: This week provided valuable insights into RFP development. By collaborating with experts, we’ve released our RFPs and contributor incentives. We’ve also defined our QF Round Eligibility Criteria and started to define what we believe Conviction Voting will look like with Gardens.

Syndicate member @ZER8 will also be using Convex Voting to rank projects within the Thank ARB M1B program. This approach allows us to experiment safely, consistently rank impact categories, and evaluate team performance without distributing funding. It adds an extra layer of credible neutrality and protection, potentially serving as a valuable filter for future milestones

These learnings have led to adjustments in our project plan, including integrating feedback from qualified builders and partners into the RFPs and adding parallel conviction voting to our QF round plans.

Next Steps: For this week, our primary goals are:

  1. Prep for the launch of the QF round by mid-July
  2. Drive final applications for RFPs closing on 7/5
  3. Support current RFP applicants with resources
  4. Frame initial tasks for contributor incentive participants
  5. Test Gardens platform and finalize conviction voting specifics
  6. Publish eligibility criteria for conviction voting

Priority tasks include finalizing and launching the QF round, conducting outreach for last-minute RFP applications, developing initial tasks for contributor incentive participants, testing and finalizing conviction voting implementation on Gardens, and creating governance documentation.

We’re actively pursuing qualified builders for RFPs (Milestone 2.1), defining our admissions process and member structure (Milestone 2.2), and releasing project plans for all major objectives (Milestone 2.3). These tasks are in progress with a July 5, 2024 deadline.

We focus on increasing visibility and attracting more qualified participants across all initiatives while maintaining our high-context community standards. All progress and objectives are viewable in real-time on our Notion site, with custom views for each RFP and objective.


Extremely excited to test the new mechanism and also to see Conviction voting in action!
The motto should be…“Buy one allocation mechanism, get one free” :rofl:

I have a feeling that the Syndicate will soon become one of the most valuable players in the web3 grants wordl, seeing almost all the top grants talent in one telegram group is exciting Congrats!!!


Welcome to the Cartographer Syndicate’s Week 28 update. In our commitment to transparency, we’ve made our project plans publicly accessible, including our weekly progress. You can track our project updates in real-time at:

Project Progress:

RFP 1 Reputation Systems - Trustful (by Blockful): @danimim @zeugh and the team at Trustful is developing an on-chain reputation using Ethereum Attestation Service (EAS) for grant program evaluation. Their approach allows grantees to evaluate grant programs through attestations and badges, opening up new forms of grant program accountability. The team’s background includes multiple hackathon wins and significant contributions to DAOs like ENS. They plan to implement a nomination system for organic network growth as part of their proposal. More details on their work is below:

RFP 2 Data & Analytics—Ecosystem Vision: @duckdegen and his team will create a grant information ecosystem with customized data collection and interactive dashboards. They will customize forms for data collection, integrate with OSO systems, and create visualizations of funding trends and project success rates. Their approach will include BigQuery integration and YAML files for efficient data processing to build a scalable solution for the Web3 Grant Registry.

RFP 3 News Aggregation System - @daveytea and the team at Building on their existing product aggregating data from numerous governance forums, x23 will develop Crypto Grant Wire 2.0 for grant discovery and analysis. They will create a dedicated Grant feed with advanced categorization and prioritization using ML, NLP, and generative AI for real-time information condensing, intelligent ranking, and precise data filtering. We’re looking forward to the instant search feature the team will implement. You can check out the work they have already done at their site below:

RFP 4 Grant Program Analysis@ZER8 & @mashal: The duo will analyze Web3 grant programs, including Arbitrum Foundation and Thank ARB Milestone 1, to develop a maturity framework for grant programs. They plan to interview key ecosystem stakeholders and leverage their extensive experience in grant management and ecosystem building in their analysis. The insights from this analysis will be incorporated into the registry as part of the reputation system (RFP 1) being developed with Trustful.

In addition to the RFPs, other work is progressing:

Convex Voting Experiments: Syndicate Community member @ZER8 is experimenting with convex voting to rank impact in grant programs. This approach uses convex functions to emphasize diminishing returns and prioritize grants that show significant potential for impact even with smaller funding amounts. The experiment will be applied to ReFi in Arbitrum, Oasis Onchain, and Giv-Eth programs within Thank Arb Milestone 1B. What’s particularly noteworthy is the potential to use this as a prediction mechanism, allowing us to evaluate team performance and rank impact categories without distributing funding, adding an extra layer of credible neutrality to the grant evaluation process.

Direct Contributor Incentives: We launched a contributor program with four tracks to maintain and expand our grant registry:

  • Registry Management: Engaging contributors to meticulously review and update the registry on KarmaGap, ensuring data accuracy and completeness.
  • Logging Bugs/Improvements: Leveraging our community’s collective intelligence to identify areas for enhancement, from simple fixes to complex improvements like API integrations.
  • Grant Ecosystems Check: Utilizing the expertise of grant program managers to ensure our data is comprehensive and up-to-date, particularly focusing on specific ecosystem information.
  • Experimental Contributions: This is an open-ended track that encourages innovative ideas that could revolutionize how we manage and utilize the registry.


Our main challenge remains to curate a high-context community without relying on broad social media outreach. We’re focusing on direct invites and personal connections to maintain quality and focus in our group while still getting the word out and leaving the door open to new ideas and people.


We’re observing the value of diverse perspectives within our growing community. Members from various backgrounds contribute uniquely to the project, shaping the nature of our work. What started as a Telegram Group with a few members has grown to something we couldn’t have dreamed of, and it’s amazing to see it take shape!

As the Syndicate community collaborates, ideas are emerging that, while outside our immediate scope, point to future possibilities for our evolution :slightly_smiling_face:

Next Steps:

  1. Launch the QF Round by 7/15
  2. Continue targeted recruitment
  3. Kickoff work on approved RFPs
  4. Continue to drive contributor incentives
  5. Grow the group to 60+ members (currently at 50)
  6. Finalize the conviction voting plan

Lastly, @mmurthy and @Sov recently recorded a GreenPill episode with Kevin Owocki, providing an in-depth look at the registry’s background and vision. Stay tuned for its release!

Onward and upward! We’ll keep updates coming here with more details as our work continues!



Welcome to the Cartographer Syndicate’s Week 29 update.

As we progress to our program delivery phase, we see developments across multiple areas and focus on key performance indicators (KPIs) to demonstrate our progress to Arbitrum. Let’s dive in:

RFP Progress:

Our RFPs are now in full swing, and all teams are actively working on their projects. The call notes from each week’s kickoff are in the links below.

  1. Reputation Systems (RFP 1): The team has designed an on-chain reputation system using Ethereum Attestation Service (EAS) for grant program evaluation. They’ve developed a user-friendly interface featuring a timeline of reviews and a badge system with star ratings for different aspects of the grant experience. The system will integrate with Karma GAP, displaying aggregated review data in the grant program registry.
  2. Data Analytics Integration (RFP 2): Ecosystem Vision started by integrating historical data from various Arbitrum grant programs. It’s developing a comprehensive view of the ecosystem’s grant landscape, which will soon be visualized in a new tab on its platform.
  3. News Aggregation and Curation (RFP 3): is making strides in evolving Crypto Grant Wire into a more automated and user-friendly platform, enhancing our ability to aggregate and curate relevant web3 grant news.

Funding and Community Initiatives:

We’ve applied for additional matching funds through Gitcoin Grants GG21 Community Rounds. I’m proud to announce that we took the top spot and will receive 50K in additional matching funds for the upcoming round. More details below:

Program Transparency Initiative:

Recent discussions with representatives from Stellar and Karma have sharpened our focus on verifiable grant funding data, cross-chain reputation, and standardized reporting. These conversations guide our efforts to create a unified data structure for grant reporting. Our hope for this initiative is to drive better transparency of programs through:

  • Verifiable grant funding data: Linking on-chain activity to grant submissions and projects for better transparency and verification.
  • Cross-chain reputation: Enabling grant programs to see a project’s history across different ecosystems to prevent grant farming and make better funding decisions.
  • Standardized reporting: Creating a common framework for grant programs to report their funding data consistently and comparably.

KPIs and Community Engagement:

From here, we’re emphasizing meeting our KPIs to demonstrate our progress to Arbitrum DAO. You can find information on the KPIs we are committed to achieving through this program at this link:

We’re also enhancing our community management efforts to maintain our high-context, high-value community while increasing engagement. Some ideas we’re exploring include:

  • Daily conversation starters
  • Encouraging community members to take ownership of certain initiatives

These efforts aim to make our group fun and productive, balancing signal and noise.

Challenges and Next Steps:

Our main challenge remains balancing these multiple initiatives while ensuring each receives the attention it deserves. Looking ahead, our focus will be on:

  • Supporting our RFP teams in their ongoing work
  • Finalizing our QF round preparations
  • Further developing our Program Transparency Initiative
  • Implementing our enhanced community management strategies
  • Consistently tracking and meeting our KPIs

We’re excited about our progress and look forward to sharing more updates as we build in public.

Stay tuned for more developments from the Cartographer Syndicate! LFG!