The Stellar Community Fund (SCF) is an excellent way for projects built on Stellar and/or Soroban to receive the funding they need to launch and grow. Submitting your project with a detailed, well-thought-out, and highly-technical application is critical to a successful submission.
Read on to get a refresher on three best practices to employ to increase your chances of a successful SCF submission!
You and your team must understand how Soroban and/or Stellar work before submitting your project to the SCF. One of the most common issues reviewers find is that many teams haven’t done their research, which shows in their submissions.
Reviewers will also look for teams with a strong technical foundation, so explain why your team is uniquely qualified to build and execute the project!
Check out Sorobix’ submission for an example of a good amount of technical detail.
Technical details are important, but reviewers will also assess whether your project clearly impacts the Soroban and/or Stellar ecosystems and their target audiences.
When creating your submission, ask yourself:
The reviewers know the ecosystem and its products well, and you should, too, before you submit your project.
Check out Beans App’s submission for an example of what this could look like.
SCF’s structure is different from what it used to be! SCF submissions request funding for a ~3-month-long project with deliverables tied directly to the development of a Soroban and/or Stellar integration (no user acquisition). Here are a few tips:
Check out useSoroban.app’s submission for an example of a detailed roadmap and clear first deliverable.
And that's it! To help you get started, we have a very handy handbook that covers all of the above and more. If the projects interested you and you want to learn more about what it's like to participate in SCF, we highly encourage you to join the Discord channel.