Investment and funding.

Get funding to build on the permaweb

We regularly fund projects building on the Arweave network. Whether a decentralised application, an integration, or something else -- if you are using Arweave to build it, we want to support you!

Start the conversation now.

Looking for storage for your archives? Look no further. Museums, archives, historic sites, and online libraries can apply to the archival grants program to receive free storage and assistance from the Arweave team.

Open Web Foundry

The Open Web Foundry is a combination of incubator and accelerator programmes, specially tailored to support both brand new and experienced founders in building the new, decentralized web. The Foundry’s goal is to support the expansion of the permaweb ecosystem, helping founders and builders create, launch, and grow their profit sharing communities and permaweb apps.

Through the Foundry the Arweave core team invests in participating projects, primarily in exchange for projects’ profit sharing tokens, and also offers extensive support for founders as they fundraise from external backers. Previous Foundry alumni have raised over $10mil for their permaweb projects following their participation in the programme.

Quit your job, and build the new web by registering for the Open Web Foundry here today.

Previous Grants

Projects ranging from blogging platforms to games have been built with our assistance. If you believe your project may be eligible for an Arweave grant, you can start the conversation now.

Here are some of the grants previously issued by the core team:

  • Weiblocked: A censorship-resistant archive of censored posts from China's Weibo. By @samrahimi.
  • Feedweave: A decentralised social network and blogging platform. By @Iiterature
  • The ARCA DAO: A community run DAO that works to build permaweb apps and improve the Arweave ecosystem. By many.
  • Arweave-over-HF: Transport layer redundancy for the Arweave protocol. By @garrett.
  • GitWeave: Decentralised, immutable, and verifiable code repositories built on the Arweave network. By @SystemWizard.
  • Archival grants: An initiative to support archives, museums, and cultural institutions to store their data forever. By the Decentralised Public Library. Apply here now!

Our business model

The Arweave is a community owned and operated initiative. The website you are looking at right now was written by the team that founded the Arweave protocol. Upon launching the protocol, we claimed a share of the tokens in the network. Aside from this stake, we hold no special position or authority in the ecosystem – we are equal community members. The business model of our team is to invest the proceeds of the gradual sale of these tokens into projects and companies that are building inside the Arweave ecosystem. In turn, these projects increase the utility of the Arweave network and subsequently the value of the Arweave tokens that we hold. This mechanism creates a sustainable business model that enables us to empower Arweave community members to grow the new, decentralised web.

Our theses

We back projects of all types and sizes – from open source apps, to DAOs, to traditional companies. If you have a good idea you want to pursue, we want to back you. Start a conversation with us now.

Here are some of the investment themes we are especially interested in:

  • Building information gold: Information is the new oil. As such, there is no better resource to back a currency with. Build apps and bots to help us fill the Arweave with permanent and verifiable records of all of humanity's valuable knowledge and history.

  • Arweave for businesses: Permanent and verifiable storage opens immense avenues for value creation in the business world. From verifiable legal contract storage, to data archiving solutions that set a new standard for data integrity, we want to invest in and help companies that build on the Arweave protocol.

  • An open source web: Once permaweb services are launched, their developers never have to pay for hosting them again. Users of permaweb apps can have confidence that the service will not degrade or change under their feet. This fundamentally changes the game for web service development, allowing us to collectively build an open source web. Read more here.

  • Preserving history: The Permaweb is designed to prevent the destruction of history. Once something is uploaded, it cannot be deleted, altered, or lost. Store valuable cultural and historical information on it to ensure that it remains available for future generations.

These are the Arweave founding team’s current expectations for how the ecosystem will develop in the short term, but we are always open to your ideas. Simply share your suggestions with us.

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