Announcing The Dusk Development Fund

Announcing the Dusk Development Fund

We are pleased to announce The Dusk Ecosystem Fund, designed to support developers who want to build on Dusk.  

We are committing 15 million DUSK to attract and support teams, and create a sustainable, thriving and well-rounded ecosystem. 

Read on to find out more about what we’re looking for and how to get involved.

Update: The Dusk Development Fund has been renamed "Thesan" and all information has been moved here. Please go to the new page for the most up-to-date information.

What projects do we want?

The way we are structuring the funding program is in phases, based on what is most beneficial to the Dusk ecosystem. We’ve all seen too many programs give out funding for nothing, so our intention is to work in phases, and focus on what is most needed and most beneficial to Dusk. 

With that in mind, the first things on the list are: 

  • Archiver and Prover Infrastructure
  • A two-way bridge
  • A decentralized exchange (DEX)

Following that, we will be opening up applications for other key ecosystem enhancements.

Who do we want to apply?

We are looking for builders with some experience behind them. This is not your first rodeo, and you understand the crypto space and its needs. You’ll likely have already worked on other projects, as a founder or team member.

We welcome applications from established teams with a product they’d like to expand to new chains, as well as builders with an idea they want to execute and build for the first time. 

Why should you build on Dusk?

Good question!

The Dusk blockchain brings many unique and attractive features that will appeal to builders of all backgrounds and philosophies. 


Firstly, Dusk is privacy-friendly. So, if you value privacy (which you should!), you will love building on Dusk as Dusk is the only blockchain (that we know of) capable of offering privacy-friendly smart contracts, and privacy within a shared state. 

The levels of privacy and flexibility that Dusk offers are unparalleled, so if you are looking to build complex dApps that support privacy, you will want to build on Dusk. 


Secondly, Dusk is compliant, and offers a broad set of tools to help you remain compliant. From privacy-preserving KYC, to us making sure we remain compliant with the demands and needs of centralized exchanges, Dusk makes sure to stay on the right side of the law and, by extension, ensures that users and builders do not end up in a situation where the blockchain they made their home gets punished or delisted. 

So, if you are working on projects that require compliance, or you are simply concerned that other blockchains are not going to last once real regulation kicks in, Dusk could be a good place to make your home. 

Industry-leading innovation

If privacy and compliance aren’t enough, Dusk also leads the way in terms of innovation and providing the tools that you as a developer need to create the best possible dApp.

Smarter smart contracts through Economic Protocol

Thanks to the innovation and business-friendliness of The Economic Protocol, your smart contracts can:

  • Pay gas for users creating a smooth seamless UX
  • Charge a fee/subscription generating revenue
  • Act autonomously, as autocontracts

Maybe you have an idea for a protocol but don’t want to launch a token and would rather charge a fee, or perhaps you want to create a better UX, Dusk has created a blockchain that is user and business-friendly. 

In-house, customizable web wallet

Take complete control by branding and customizing your own wallet. No need to rely on third-party tools, the Dusk web wallets allows you to customize it to your needs, both in terms of branding and functionality. 

You make it look like “you” and can even add functionality through drivers.

A booming industry

It’s no secret that real-world assets are a hot topic. Since the BTC ETF was approved we’ve seen more and more institutions, especially Blackrock, not only want more ETFs but become increasingly bullish on tokenization.

Dusk is uniquely well-placed to deliver on institutional needs, and become a household name. 

Join a platform that is building not only for this cycle, but for the future of finance.

How to apply

Ready to apply? Please check out the grants page.

Note we are only looking for DEXes and two-way bridges right now. If you have another idea you’ll need to hold onto it a little longer.

Our team will review applications on a rolling basis and contact you if they see a good fit. Funding amounts will be decided on a case-by-case basis, along with milestones and deliverables.

Thank you!