Early Builders Program

Get Involved & Grow Your Project

The Early Builders Program is perfect for those interested in becoming pioneering developers of the Neon Ecosystem by building dApps, key infrastructure, and development tools for Neon EVM

Who is eligible this program

We encourage projects of any size and origin to apply. That includes individuals, independent teams, governments, nonprofits, companies, universities, and academics. Projects should fulfill the criterion as below:

Early stage and established projects

Early stage and established projects with the ability to contribute value to the Neon Ecosystem through demonstrating strong use cases


Projects that are actively creating tools to enable other types of projects built on top of Neon EVM

Clear strategy

Clear strategy on use of funds with defined milestones and deliverables

Teams with the right skill

Teams with the right skill set and mindset to get things done and the ability to execute

Being an advocate of open source.

Being an advocate of open source. Research and community projects should embrace decentralization

Projects with robust existing communities

Projects with robust existing communities and users demonstrating strong growth in weekly active users, TVL, or active wallets

The current grant offerings cover the following project areas:

Developer tooling:

Developer tooling: Enhance Neon EVM functionalities and improve builder experience


dApps: Novel DeFi platforms, launchpads, DAO & NFT tooling with growing user base and community


Infrastructure: Wallets, oracles, and indexers

How Tokens Will Be Released

Funding for each program participant will be paid in NEON and will be released in four stages according to the completion of project milestones evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Milestones must be completed in the order specified below

Successfully deploy your dApp to Neon EVM Devnet.
Engage in marketing efforts and outreach campaigns.
Successfully deploy your dApp to Neon EVM Mainnet.
Reach or exceed the user activity target(s) set for your dApp.
How to Apply for the Early Builders Program
NEON tokens allocated to the Early Builders Program will have a six-month vesting period

What Kind of Support You Can Expect From the Neon Foundation

The three tracks, dubbed Technical, Community, and Ecosystem, are designed to help project teams overcome technical hurdles as well as grow vibrant communities and partnerships


  • Dedicated chat support with builders
  • Regular office hours with the program’s tech support lead
  • Launch support with materials
  • Regular individual check-ins


  • Collaboration on events, meetups, webinars, and AMA sessions
  • Guidance on community building
  • Integration with the Solana community


  • Intro to relevant blockchain ecosystem players (dApps, users, partners, etc.)
  • Joint announcements / non-technical chat room
  • The Neon Foundation will be launching a separate grants program