As the $40 million Arbitrum grant program comes to an end, the perpetual trading platform GMX secured the largest payout. However, liquid staking platform Lido walked away empty-handed.
The grants are awarded to projects to push them toward better development, and to improve users’ or developers’ onboarding efforts.
Perpetual Trading Platform Wins Big
While the price of the GMX token is in a downtrend in the daily time frame, it increased by 2.63% after the announcement.
GMXUSDT daily chart on Binance | Source: TradingView
The screenshot below shows that the leveraged trading platform MUX protocol will get the second-highest grant of 6 million ARB (about $5 million). Whereas the decentralized exchange (DEX) Camelot will get 3.09 million (around $2.5 million) ARB tokens.
The projects that won the Arbitrum grant are supposed to use the funds to bring more users to the Layer 2 blockchain.
List of 29 projects that won an Arbitrum grant. Source: X (Twitter)
Sector-wise, the perpetual trading platforms will receive over 44% of the total grant, while DEXes will receive 15. And the yield aggregator platforms will only share 7% of the total stash.
Voting statistics by sectors for the Arbitrum grant. Source: X (Twitter)
“Apologies, but 5m ARB is way too much for a non-native protocol.
I respect the size of Lido and its contribution to Ethereum, but I struggle to see how such a huge amount will specifically drive value for Arbitrum.
How does this 5m bring in new users or new builders? I would support a proposal that is significantly reduced in size with additional details on what native protocols this will support.”