During our discussion on Harmony Hangouts #5, we came up with an idea for community grants. These grants would be given out as a reward for work that community members do on behalf of the community. The purpose is to thank productive community members and to create an incentive for people to go above and beyond. Hopefully this can help build a stronger community and cultivate more core community members in the long run.
Here are some of the things we need to discuss in order to more clearly define the community grants program:
- Categories (ex. content, technical contribution, community member of the month)
- Eligibility (how contributions get nominated, who are eligible for these grants)
- Decision process (ex. by a vote, who gets to vote?)
- Frequency of each grant (weekly/monthly)
Categories and frequency can be flexible as we try this out and adapt to what makes sense. What’s probably most important to decide on is Eligibility and Decision process.
For eligibility, I would suggest we exclude any work done by the Harmony Team or even the P-OPS team as they are already on the pay-roll so to speak. On the other hand, perhaps it makes sense for P-OPS to still receive rewards for content as that is beyond the scope of their normal work. So the rule could be that grants are only for work that goes beyond what their paid role is defined to be.
For the decision making process, I think a vote would be pretty straightforward. But how do we collect that vote, how do we allow for debate on who should receive it before the vote? And the trickiest of all, who gets a vote and how do we potentially add new members in the future? I think starting with the core group of folks who are on the weekly calls, or the people in the “ONEs” telegram channel could get a vote.
Looking forward to hearing everyone’s ideas!