OpenSats announced long-term support program (LTS) for Bitcoin Core developers and similar Load-Bearing Internet People (LBIP).
- "The LTS program is specifically designed to provide long-term support for developers who are working on critical open-source infrastructure in and around bitcoin."
"An LBIP is a person who maintains the software for a critical Internet service or library, and has to do it without organizational support or a budget backing him up." —Eric S. Raymond
- "The program is geared towards long-term stability for grantees, with a minimum grant duration of 12 months and possible grant durations of two years or longer."
"To be eligible for the LTS program, applicants must: 1) have a track record of quality contributions; 2) be mission-driven and self-motivated; 3) be able to work in public; 4) be bitcoin-only."
- Applications for the LTS program are now open at https://opensats.org/apply/.
"The first recipient of an OpenSats LTS Grant is Marco Falke, a long-term maintainer and contributor of Bitcoin Core with thousands of contributions over many years."
- "Marco will continue to focus on testing and quality assurance, as well as maintenance and review, helping to make sure that the Bitcoin Core software is as solid as it can be. You can read more about his contributions here."
- "We encourage all qualified developers to apply for the LTS program. Together, we can build a stronger and more resilient bitcoin network."
In a separate blog post, the non-profit also announced the first grants for Nostr developers.
- "After weeks of sorting through applications, we are excited to announce the first round of grants from The Nostr Fund. OpenSats is proud to support over a dozen projects, from clients to relay implementations to adjacent tools and design efforts."
In no particular order, here they are:
- NDK by @pablof7z.
- Habla by @verbiricha
- Coracle by @hodlbod
- Iris by @mmalmi
- Damus by @jb55
- rust-nostr & nostr-sdk by @yukibtc
- Nostr Relay NestJS by @CodyTseng
- Soapbox by @alexgleason
- Code Collaboration over Nostr by @DanConwayDev
- Satellite by @lovvtide
- Amethyst by @vitorpamplona
- Pinstr by @sepehr-safari
- nostr.build by @nostr.build
- Gossip by @mikedilger
- Nostr SDK iOS by @bryanmontz
- Nostr Design by @karnage
- "The projects above have received grants of various durations and sizes, and we have more nostr-related applications in the pipeline."
- "Donate to The Nostr Fund if you want to help fund the nostr ecosystem."
- "We will announce new grants and funding opportunities quarterly, and there is always the possibility of being listed on the OpenSats website to receive pass-through donations for your project."