The Foundation selected projects by Bloq, PureStake and Reach for the first round of grants. Chen declined to state the allotments breakdown, saying only that grants are “tailored to each project need.”
Bloq is developing multi-chain infrastructure while PureStake is building the “AlgoSigner” browser plug-in. Reach, a dapp development assistance platform, is retrofitting its compiler for Algorand, said founder Chis Swenor.
Swenor said Reach’s eventual integration will lower the barriers to entry on Algorand. His platform caters to first-time dapp developers who lack the experience and deep pockets of “blockchain experts.”
Reach makes dapp coding “safe for all developers, not just teams of blockchain experts with an abundance of funds they can throw at auditing,” he said. “We are helping Algorand reach all developers in the world and not just the blockchain experts.”
Derek Yoo, PureStake’s chief executive, told CoinDesk that AlgoSign “will let developers build Algorand transaction capabilities into their applications, much like the MetaMask plugin does on the Ethereum network.”
He said the funding will cover development and the first year of maintenance and upgrades.
The Algorand Foundation controls the program’s selection and evaluation processes at launch, but that may change in 2021, when Chen said it may shift decision making over to the community.