Helping the decentralized finance ecosystem


The DeFi Education Fund educates policymakers around the world about DeFi and advocates for policies welcoming of DeFi and decentralized governance.

What we do

The DeFi Education Fund's (DEF) mission is to educate policymakers about the benefits of decentralized finance and to achieve regulatory clarity for the DeFi ecosystem. The DEF is nonpartisan and global in approach and orientation. To accomplish its multi-pronged mission, the DEF focuses on research and advocacy efforts in the following areas:

Policymaker education

We need to directly educate legislative and regulatory policymakers about the benefits of DeFi and decentralized governance.

Thought leadership and research

We need to more effectively explain the existing and potential benefits and uses of DeFi.

Grassroots advocacy

We need to make it easy for DeFi community members to voice their opinions in the policymaking process.


We need to better formulate ideas, prepare spokespeople, and communicate to policymakers and the general public the benefits and promise of DeFi.

Legal firepower

We need to develop a strong bench of legal advocates in multiple jurisdictions and venues.

Best practices

We need to develop models for all DeFi projects to benefit from collectively.


Miller Whitehouse-Levine

Policy Director

Amanda Flournoy

Grants Director

Steering Committee

Larry Sukernik

Rebecca Rettig

Jake Chervinsky

Marc Boiron

Katie Biber

Sheila Warren

Marvin Ammori

Apply for a grant

The policy and regulatory environment that will affect the DeFi ecosystem is developing quickly. Submit a grant proposal today and help shape the future of DeFi policy around the world.


Will the identities of grant recipients be made public?

Yes. The DEF will regularly publish the names of grant recipients, the amount funded, and a brief description of the project. Applicants who are not selected will not be disclosed.

Who is eligible to apply for a DEF grant?

Individuals, nonprofits, and academic institutions are eligible for fast grants.

What criteria will the committee consider?

In addition to advancing the DEF’s DeFi-centric mission, the committee will prioritize projects that are efficient (so that our fund dollars go further) and that will yield results quickly.

What conditions apply?

  • You must use the grant to work on DeFi related issues.
  • For the duration of the project, you must send us monthly updates, summarizing your progress. These updates can be as simple as a single-paragraph email.
  • You must use at most 10% of the grant on overhead costs.

What can a DEF Grant be used for?

Grants can be used for any DeFi-focused project that advances the DEF's mission.

My project doesn’t fit neatly into one of the six focus areas listed on the application form, but I think it would advance the DEF’s mission. Should I still apply?

Yes! We seek any and all grant applicants whose projects (no matter how “unconventional”) will advance the organization’s mission.

How do grantees receive funds?

At this time, grantees can receive $USDC in a wallet on the ethereum network.

Can I apply for multiple grants? Can funding be extended?

Yes, for a separate project or for additional funding of a previously funded project.