Fantom community decides to use burn fee to fund ecosystem projects

Quick Take

  • Fantom held a governance vote to divert a third of its burn fees to fund a new vault to support ecosystem projects.
  • The vote passed with almost 100% approval from all participants.

The Fantom community has voted in support of a governance proposal to create an Ecosystem Support Vault to fund projects from a percentage of transaction fees currently being burned.

The vote, which began on July 5, passed with almost unanimous approval from participants. Details from the voting page showed that 99.75% of all votes cast were in support of the plan. The vote was to end on October 3 but there was a provision for early closure of the polls if the vote crossed the 55% quorum requirement.

Fantom will fund the vault with 10% of its transaction fees. This 10% is a third of the network's 30% burn fee. Fee burning in crypto is where transaction fees are destroyed rather than being used to reward validators. This process can contribute to reducing a token's total supply since a portion of its supply is constantly being burned. 

By funding the ecosystem vault, Fantom's burn rate will reduce to 20%. This lower fee burn reduces the amount of FTM that's destroyed each year.

Fantom’s Special Fee Contract, which distributes rewards to Fantom stakers and delegators, will be responsible for providing custody of the vault’s funds.

With the vote passed, projects looking to secure grants can now apply for funding. These applications will proceed via proposals submitted on the Fantom governance portal after which the community will vote on whether or not to fund the project.

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