Grant Proposal: Graph Advocates Spotlight weekly newsletter

Due to a technical misfunction in the grant application process, I will manually post this grant application on the forum.

Grant ID: 3rb51yw

Summary:

The Graph Advocates Spotlight is a weekly newsletter published in various social media platforms that has two core objectives.

The primary objective is to showcase Graph Advocates who choose to participate by highlighting their interests and accomplishments both inside and outside of their role as an Advocate. Showcasing the Advocates publicly provides positive non-financial value by increasing their social network and receiving much deserved recognition for their contributions. I also hope that by highlighting Advocates skills and interests they will be connected with fellow Advocates who share similar passions.

The second objective of the newsletter is to enable anyone to get or remain up to date on all the significant news, events, and data in The Graph Ecoystem each week, just by taking 10-12 minutes to read the “Community Roundup”, “Advocate Events”, and “Data Depot” sections of the newsletter.

As of 10/30/22, 14 Issues of the newsletter have been published. The first 8 issues were only made available on Discord, but every issue from #9 on were published on Twitter, Reddit, The Forum, and mulitple Discord Channels. All future issues will be published on those social media platforms as well.

I have read and agree to the privacy policy:

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If available, please enter a link to your project below:

https://twitter.com/KyleLaRue11/status/1585673831666032644?s=20&t=F0YzYvokpCIGJsjelowmTg

Are you applying as a team or individual?:

Individual

What type of grant are you pursuing?:

Long-term (continuous)

Please select the category your project best fits into:

Other

Please select who you think will benefit from your project?:

Delegators, Curators, Subgraph Developers, Other

How much funding are you looking for? (USD):

8475.88

Provide a breakdown of your requested funding:

  • $155.88 ($12.99/mo) for Canva Pro (the platform the newsletter is created on)

  • $8,320 (4 Hours per issue x $40/hr x 52 weeks)

Total: $8,475.88

Have you applied for (or already received) funding from somewhere else?:

No

If yes, please describe where you’ve received funding from and how much you have, or will, receive:

N/A

What’s your vision for how your project will impact The Graph and/or web3?:

My hope for how this project will impact the Graph is listed above in the description. But I would like to add that after partnering with one Text Translator Advocate to provide the newsletter in Spanish each week (!) I am looking forward to partnering with other Advocates to incorporate additional languages in the future. My hope is that this will attract more non-english speaking folks to join The Graph community.

What can you share about any past work that is relevant to this grant?:

I am member of the Graph AdvocatesDAO Grants Committee and manage millions dollars of worth of grants in my day job as a Program Director for a nonprofit.

Can you share any information about current/past web3 experience?:

My only web3 experience is a Graph Advocate and DAO member, which I have been for 6 months. But during that time, I have helped to staff events (Graph Day & House of Web3 Grand Opening), launched the newsletter, and contributed towards the DAO’s Advocates and Grants Committee as much as I can.

Why are you interested in contributing to The Graph and/or web3?:

I believe The Graph is the future of data indexing (and more) and it’s vigilance and dedication in moving the world towards decentralization is inspiring. I really hope to help push The Graph’s mission further in any way that I can and, currently, I believe the newsletter is the best way I can do that.




Primary Community Poll

Do you fundamentally support this grant application, knowing that the final scope and grant amount may differ from the requested proposal?
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Grant Committee Vote

Do you recommend this grant to the DAO?
  • Yes
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Kyle has been doing a brilliant job with this newletter and advocate engament!

I fully support this proposal!

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Kyle started this initiative and evolved over time from spotlighting advocates to showcasing everything currently happening in the graph ecosystem. He has also consistently released an issue every week.

I’m fully in support of this proposal.

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This is a great idea. Good job done. Many thanks to the author for this!

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I totally support this grant, Kyle’s effort is making the Graph Advocates Program well known and well recognized everywhere. The newsletter provides an insight into what is being part of the program and get everyone to know our amazing cohort.
Well done :clap:

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It’s a very cool initiative, I supported it in its initial stages and also took part in it myself, but I don’t remember which episode I was on.

But I have a question. Perhaps this type of grant comes specifically within the PoC, i.e., as a type of contribution, for which you can then already be reimbursed as for working hours.

I am still a learner and would like to hear your thoughts? @Colson @juliannaMLN

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Kyle is doing a great job within the community! The newsletters and easy to digest, straight to the point and exact what the community wants for a quick update on what is happening. I am fully in support of this grant, hopefully it will keep going and progress in the future. I have been in talks with Kyle to integrate these weekly newsletters within each chatbot and have them translated for that. This is something we will discuss outside of this forum and make work. It will be great to see other advocates collaborating on this project.

Thank you so much for all the positive feedback and support @Montero @Chidubem @AlexGas @pdiomede @doxe01.eth and @GRTDataHub!

@doxe01.eth I had a similar question about whether this should be an Advocate Grant or a Community Grant. I could be wrong but I don’t believe that question has been resolved in the DAO yet since there are other applications that have created the same question, so I figured I’d apply and leave it up to the Committee to decide. I’m happy to move in whichever direction the Committee determines is best.

Thanks again everyone! I sincerely appreciate the kind words.

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I’ve been reading the last issues of this newsletter and I’ve personally found them to be very valuable not only as a developer interested in The Graph but also as a new advocate, this newsletter has given me a much deeper perspective of what is actually happening inside the AdvocatesDAO and the kind of activities that are taking place in The Graph ecosystem as well.

“My hope is that this will attract more non-english speaking folks to join The Graph community.” This is an amazing thought and actually one of the main reasons I’m becoming an advocate I’d be very happy to translate issues of this newsletter to Portuguese so it can reach an even wider audience.

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Hey @doxe01.eth
I don’t remember when and how the idea for Advocates Spotlight was born, but I suppose it was purely @Mr.1776 's initiative and he worked on it by himself (correct me if I’m wrong!). So in that sense, it is an individual contribution, rather than a team’s. And we are dealing more with established teams, or even companies in Community Grants - I say “more” it is not a rule, because there is a bunch of proposals from individual applicants as well. However, this is a pioneer project going outside of the boundaries of any Advocate role and Advocates program itself. In my opinion, Advocates Grants are more about past contributions and Community Grants are more often about future contributions.

Taking that all under careful consideration I’m coming to the conclusion that this application is in the right place, especially since the plan for going public was already implemented and it’s being translated already by Advocates with Text Translator role, which will increase the reach and extend the impact of the project.

The budget needed to do it seems reasonable and it’s very straightforward.

I’m in full support of this grant proposal and vote YES!

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Yes, thanks for your thoughts! I’m still figuring it all out and learning, so I’m asking for advice. I also support this initiative!

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Thank you so much for your time during the presentation today @juliannaMLN! It doesn’t look like I can attach the entire PowerPoint slide deck that I used so I’m just uploading the images below. Also as discussed, here is the proposed budget modification (I couldn’t adjust the original post):

  • Since applying, the addition of coordinating with multiple translators and managing the public archive is taking an additional 20-30 minutes per week to manage. Given that, I would like to request adjusting the hours applied for from 4 weekly hours to 4.5 weekly hours. This would increase the total compensation line item from $8,320 to $9,360, an increase of $1,040.00. The new total applied for would be $9,515.88

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I hereby agree to this grant agreement of the Graph AdvocatesDAO with the GitHub commit-hash 3858eb9315ef3a0a93d0701961ffbc2a57d45205. That document forms the legal agreement of the proposed grant with the following terms:

  • Scope
    • Weekly newsletter “Graph Advocates Spotlight” published on various social media platforms (Twitter, Reddit, The Forum, and multiple Discord Channels) showcasing accomplishments of Graph Advocates both inside and outside of their role as an Advocate
    • Enabling readers to get or remain up to date on all the significant news, events, and data in The Graph Ecosystem each week, by reading the “Community Roundup”, “Advocate Events”, and “Data Depot” sections of the newsletter
  • Core Deliverables
    • The newsletter will be published every Thursday on Twitter, Graph Discord servers, The Graph Forum and Reddit (and on other platforms upon request from the Graph AdvocatesDAO)
    • Showcasing Advocates, their contributions and interests. Increase the “networking” benefit of the Advocacy Program. Connect Advocates with each other.
    • News and Data Hub for the Graph community members
  • Additional Deliverables
    • Provide the newsletter in multiple languages
    • Highlight dApps that are utilizing subgraphs on the Decentralized Service
    • Contribution Spotlights
    • Monthly dashboard with contributions and Advocate Hours each month/quarter
  • Total Grant Amount
    • USD Value: 9,515.88 USD
    • Token: GRT
    • Token Amount: 137.911,31 GRT
  • Disbursement Schedule
    • Initial Funding: 60% (82.746,78 GRT)
    • Upon Completion: 40% (55.164,53)
  • Term Length
    • Start Date: September 1st, 2022
    • End Date: August 30th, 2023
  • Receiving ETH Address: <0x725d73327A4bB1Ba9B4223aDCCA69A504581c8D0>

I understand that the agreement will only be executed upon a successful completion of a corresponding on-chain vote by the Graph AdvocatesDAO. I also understand that the grant will be disbursed on Gnosis Chain.