Forum Guide: Preparing For Proposals

*Please note this guide will be updated as proposals are accepted and implemented. Bookmark this and check back often if something seems to have changed.

This guide aims to help you approach your grant proposal effectively, whether you’re looking to create a “Legend of the Guardian” comic series, seek funding for a small community, launch a product, or set up an online store to sell community products. If you want to incorporate $GUARD for transactions or create unique activations for your community or others, this guide will provide valuable tips and insights.

By tailoring your proposal to engage token holders, delegates, and various community members, you’ll be better prepared to create proposals that are clear, engaging, and showcase the value of your project within the Guardian ecosystem.

Here are some tips as you prepare to draft your first proposal:

1. Understand the Guard Ecosystem:

Before writing your proposal, it’s crucial to understand the values and preferences of the Guardian community. The Guardian token is used in a decentralized network of communities worldwide and is highly regarded among online and offline communities. The community members have diverse interests, including digital ownership, blockchain technology, community building, IP, and branding, often represented by a Guard logo, a Wolf, or an animal-themed avatar.

When crafting your proposal, consider addressing the interests of snapshot voters, Guard communities, NFT enthusiasts, and other related groups. Keep in mind that your proposal will be read by a global audience, and you’re asking for their support in the form of a one-time or recurring grant.

2. Craft a Clear and Engaging Proposal:

A successful proposal should be easy to read, browse, and translate for non-English speakers. Highlight the value your business or project brings to the Guard ecosystem, especially in web3, NFT, niches. Follow these tips to create an engaging proposal:

• Clearly define your project’s goals and objectives.

• Explain how your project aligns with the values and interests of the Guard communities.

• Provide examples of how your project will contribute to your goals within the space, such as small business growth, NFT IP development, or opening a community store.

• Offer details on how the grant funds will be used and the expected outcomes.

3. Engage with the Forum Community:

As you submit your proposal, actively participate in community discussions and proposal threads. Engaging in conversations will help you understand the community’s preferences and showcase your commitment to their interests. Remember, there are no official advisors or core team members on other forums; as a decentralized token, the organization is spread across the globe. Be cautious of direct messages or offers for advisory services. Instead, examine examples on the forums and in recent snapshot voting. Proposals are best when built transparently on the forums. There are no official Discord channels at this time, and no representatives appointed to provide advice.

Delegates may not vote on every proposal, so gaining traction among the broader community is essential. A well-received proposal can lead to increased engagement and support from the guard communities, often expressed through memes and Wolf Pup antics on social media platforms like Twitter.

Additional Tips for Success:

1. Be Transparent and Accountable:

Have a plan for how you will receive the grant. If this is for a community initiative, will it be managed by multiple signers? Be sure to have these things setup.

2. Showcase Your Past Successes:

Keep your proposal simple, display links to your past achievements, social media profiles, community stores or a portfolio of your events. Put your best foot forward!

3. Be Clear On The Benefits:

Explain how this will help power you and your efforts to grow in the space. Show your commitment and track record to the Guard ecosystem, and concisely explain how you will continue to grow in the space.

4. Continuing Engagement:

By continuing to participate in DAO governance, the forums, twitter townhalls, and more, community leaders and builders should continue to collaborate. Staying active on the forums to make announcements, or give input to new ideas, are just a couple of ways to stay engaged

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