In Fund 12, proposal submissions are organized into streamlined categories and a track-based approach. Applicants will submit proposals into one of three categories: Cardano Use cases, Cardano Open, and Cardano Partners.

Cardano Use Cases

The total category budget is ₳22,500,000, divided equally into three funding tracks. Proposal submissions should answer one of the following:


Budget: ₳7,500,000

What DApp ideas or product concepts need design and prototyping to demonstrate their purpose and realize novel applications or use cases of the Cardano blockchain? Submissions must be for new product ideas.


Budget: ₳7,500,000

How can we support early blockchain startup projects to reach Cardano testnet or MVP readiness? Submissions must include a functioning prototype that can be demonstrated in the proposal. Submissions must supply a proof of concept available for reviewers and voters.


Budget: ₳7,500,000

What products and integrations can be accelerated to offer more high-impact use cases at scale to drive more adoption in the Cardano ecosystem? Submissions must have a working product in the market with high growth potential. Submissions for R&D must have the proposed product already in the market, which can be used by reviewers and voters today.

Cardano Open

The total category budget is ₳16,000,000, divided equally into two funding tracks. Technical proposals should be submitted to the Cardano open: developers track. Non-technical proposals should be submitted to the Cardano open: ecosystem track.


Budget: ₳10,500,000

What open source tooling is needed to enable the Cardano developer ecosystem to thrive? The focus should be on supporting open-source development efforts.


Budget: ₳5,500,000

What creative ideas and activities will expand Project Catalyst’s global footprint, educate, and onboard more Cardano and Cardano DApps users? The focus should be on supporting non-technical proposals for marketing, Cardano regional growth, and community-building endeavors.

Cardano Partners and Real World Integrations

The total category budget is ₳8,000,000 accepting grant funding proposals to ignite partnerships and adoption for Cardano with leaders of industry

₳500k-₳2m proposals

Cardano adoption will explode once more real world and commercial enterprise partnerships are born! For blue chip collaborations, venture acceleration, and primetime marketing for Cardano mainstream adoption. A Catalyst sub- committee comprised of Intersect and founding entities will review and shortlist the highest potential proposals for the community vote. Submission deadline is extended until June 6, 2024 to allow for partnership forming and getting organized