Authors: Bananachain, TheRealTuna, EAsports, underethsea
This proposal recommends the establishment of an Across Treasury Committee (“ATC”) to address issues out of scope for the Community Essentials Committee (“CEC”), under the heading of small grants, UMA voting, liquidity provision, external grants, and management.
The initial candidates have expressed their interest in forming the ATC. They have been involved at Across since its inception and have partially also been instrumental in setting up the CEC.
How and in what fashion candidates will be nominated to join the ATC in future will be determined in collaboration with the CEC, latest at the end of the current cohorts first 6 months term.
Candidate 1: EAsports
Candidate 2: TheRealTuna
Candidate 3: underethsea
Candidate 4: Bananachain
More detailed candidates’ bios of proposed committee members can be found here.
Following the successful implementation of the CEC, the necessary next step in gradual transition to self-governance is the establishment of the ATC. The ATC will address treasury issues that lie outside of the scope of the CEC.
In particular, the mandate of the ATC will cover:
- Small Grants Program, SGP(GRANTS)
- UMA voting, UV (VOTING)
- Liquidity provision, LPR (LiPRO)
- External Grants Bureau, EGB (ExGRANTS)
- Managing, Tracking and Accounting, MTA (MANTA)
The ATC will consist of a framework and working groups to designated topics.
The ATC is responsible for establishing and maintaining its own framework and procedures.
Defining overall mandate of the ATC and its working groups, e.g. nominations, elections, compensations (also if members resign, removal of members for reason of, e.g. inactivity, procedure, compensation.
Collaborate closely with the CEC on the Across HR Handbook.
The SGP is responsible for identifying, vetting and funding projects which serve the growth and mandate of Across.
The following type of projects can apply for funding:
- Utility for the ACX token and ecosystem (markets, applications, use case, DeFi, staking, etc.) → support/increase the ACX token price
- External integrations: by individuals, and perhaps also just advertising a lump sum to existing projects → increase the ACX reach
- Develop Across infrastructure and community tools that have the potential for external appeal and use case + prove that no other suitable application exists.
- Bounty program: Integration of the following bounty program for integrations proposal by PVM: Bounty Program - Community Integration Campaign 2.0
The following type of projects cannot apply for funding:
- Newsletter, content production (remit of CEC)
- Marketing campaigns (remit of CEC)
- Meetups, events (remit of CEC)
- Sponsorships (remit of CEC)
Primarily customising or utilising existing tools and applications
Projects that fall into neither of the above categories can be funded at the discretion of the ATC SGP.
Develop a grant application template
Create a framework specifying the scope, work and procedure of the SGP:
- Budget requirements, intervals, rollover
- How and by what majority and quorum are projects approved/rejected, and resubmission handled
- Designated reviewer or everyone reviews a project in advance
- Will an evaluation grid be used or any other reference?
- How the project is evaluated/timeframes: submission, review, public presentation before the ATC SGP committee
Consider an evaluation framework for projects (see above)
In case funding gets granted, milestones/KPIs, payment procedure, time frame, accounting and tracking (see below, A&T).
Evaluation of project development, successes and failures (see below, A&T).
At its inception Across was bestowed a legacy endowment of UMA. This UMA can be staked but also requires participation in the UMA Optimistic Oracle voting, thereby generating a return. However, the community needs to be aware that engaging in voting also carries risks. Failure to vote or an incorrect vote incurs penalties by having a percentage of the staked principal deducted (slashing).
Managing, researching, organising and executing the UMA Optimistic Oracle voting process is the purpose of the UV working group.
Regular accounting and evaluation of gains/losses are required.
Create a framework specifying the scope, work and procedure of the UV
(research, decision making, vote/reveal signature and execution)
Setting up the wallet delegation infrastructure
Voting infrastructure required:
- create a delegatee wallet on Safe, 1/x (only voting or restaking possible)
- fund with some ETH to cover gas fees, whereby this will be reimbursed automatically by UMA
- Establishing a UMA voting bonus formula for the team (see below)
Across bridge needs to ensure and maintain an adequate liquidity level in its bridging pools and for its ACX token. The LPR will partner with Risk Labs (“RL”) to communicate, research, and inform the community on how best to handle liquidity issues such as liquidity on L2s, POL, listings, current expenses for incentives, to name a few.
Investigate and identify ways of optimising liquidity provision for Across
Identify use cases for the ACX token (in collaboration with the SGP)
Suggest and develop concepts to:
- stabilise and increase the ACX token price, and
- address inflationary pressure from increased ACX token distribution,
to ensure continued appeal to its holders, stakers and LPs.
Identify suitable tools and applications for ACX token holders incentivising locking, utility and rewards.
Across requires constant, resource hungry technical maintenance, development and upgrade. The EGB would also cover third party incentives or protocol grants for integrations where there could be synergy. To this end third party funding can be identified and approached to secure the necessary funding. The task of this working group, in collaboration with the respective counterparts, is to identify, apply for and secure suitable grant and funding opportunities for Across.
Identify funding sources (websites, links, protocols)
Develop a grant repository
The activities of ATC are quantifiable. Reporting can be expected from all working groups, albeit at different intensity. The MTA itself has a horizontal task in that it ties together the information stream. However, it is the responsibility of the working groups themselves to organise and aggregate their reporting. Organisationally every working group is a member of the MTA.
- Account, track and monitor the SGP, UV, LRP and EGB progress
- Evaluation of individual project grants and lessons learned
- Calculate performance of UV (APY, P&L) bearing in mind inflation and token price
- Analyse impact/advancement for ACX ecosystem
- Treasury management of assets and holdings
The proposed committee will comprise 4 members. They will each head a working group, but contribute to all working groups as team members. The MRA bundles horizontal tasks to which all ATC members contribute in their capacity as working group heads and with technical support. They are expected to spend 8 to 10 hours per week on Across matters.
A candidate may only take up and hold their position in the ATC if they are not a member in any other Across committee, decision making body or entity.
The term of an ATC member is 6 months and can be renewed only once.
Re-application to the ATC is possible following a half a year cooling off period from the end of the tenure that leads into term limit.
The compensation of the ATC team will consist of the ATC committee work, two 3-month seasons, and a bonus for the UMA voting.
As per “Across Governance Operating Manual” from 7th November 2022:
“All committees are compensated by the Across DAO Treasury in the same way. Upon approval, a committee will receive a base level of rewards in the amount of $10k equivalent in $ACX. This amount is meant to last for a 3-month period. It is up to each committee to determine the distribution of these tokens, the details of which must be included in the snapshot vote. This should include wallet addresses and amounts for each committee member.
At the end of each quarter of service, a committee will be given an additional $10k equivalent in $ACX, except in the case of a committee being removed from service by tokenholders during that quarter, in which case there will be no additional rewards. The distribution of these funds will be determined by the committee members by way of a peer review score. This is to be paid out by the Across DAO Treasury.”
The mode of distribution will be determined by the team.
Any successful vote not only increases the overall gains but prevents a penalty on the principle. This means voting correctly needs to be rewarded accordingly.
The team will receive a certain %age of the UMA voting gains. Payment will be conducted in ACX or in UMA. Details will be worked out by the team in collaboration with the CEC and RL.
The amount accumulated will be distributed to the ATC at the end of three months together with the Committee work compensation.
It should be noted that, if conducted successfully, UMA voting gains may most likely offset if not exceed any ATC running costs.
Monthly budget breakdown
As per “Across Governance Operating Manual” from 7th November 2022: Across Governance Operating Manual
“Committees may manage a small amount of capital to meet the needs of their operational purpose. If applicable, include information about the address that is intended to be used for operational funds. This budget does not include committee compensation. Committees will receive their budgeted funds at the start of each month from the Across DAO Treasury. Whenever possible, this amount should be limited to 1 month of operating expenses at a time.”
At the discretion of the ATC:
1 accountant consolidating the ongoing reporting into a quarterly report. (up to $400 USD/quarter)
1 accountant consolidating the quarterly reports into an annual report. (up to $400 USD/year)
1 designer, layout, editor (up to $300 USD/quarter + up to $300 for one annual report)
Discretionary budget for incidentals: ($1000 USD/quarter)
Above rates can be adjusted following consultation with RL and the CEC.
Each ATC member is expected to spend 8-10 hours per week on DAO matters. This includes at least a 1-hour weekly committee meeting which is open to all in the DAO. The main communication channel will be in the committees section of Discord
A Notion page will be created to keep track of all committee work. Notion will also act as a knowledge base where useful technical and community information will be kept.
The ATC will:
collaborate with the CEC on common issues
liaise with the RL team to work towards the goals of the DAO
act as liaison between RL and the Across DAO community on ATC matters
The ATC is a permanent committee. Every 3 months it will provide a quarterly report of its preceding activities. At the end of the calendar year it will provide a consolidated annual report. Both reports will be freely accessible for Across members.
Having a dedicated committee focused solely on treasury aspects is more effective than ad-hoc efforts or trying to manage it alongside other responsibilities. The ATC can give this crucial work the attention and priority it deserves.
A committee structure creates accountability and oversight through regular reporting and renewal votes. This ensures community building initiatives stay on track and deliver tangible results. The diverse skills and perspectives of a committee are better equipped to handle the complex and nuanced work of community management versus one or two individuals.
Compensating committee members creates an incentive structure for doing high-quality community work consistently over an extended period of time. Relying solely on volunteer efforts can be unpredictable. The ATC can develop expertise in community operations and institute best practices, policies and knowledge bases to smooth operations long-term. Without a dedicated team, this institutional knowledge is easily lost.
A committee with a mix of backgrounds and roles (small grants, UMA voting, liquidity provisions, monitoring, etc.) will be able to predictably and with the necessary due diligence foster community growth, innovation and sustainable reach by bundling expertise and channelling resources and decision making. Overall, the ATC will be laser-focused on growing and engaging the Across community. This will drive participation and activity in the DAO, build valuable social capital, and ultimately attract more talent and contributions to the protocol. With robust financial support, Across is better positioned to deliver on its ambitious technical roadmap and business objectives.
Are there any disadvantages to implementing the proposal? Are there any security considerations or potentially negative financial exposures to consider?
Here are some potential disadvantages and risks to consider with implementing the ATC proposal:
- there is a cost to funding and compensating a dedicated committee. This diverts resources away from other protocol needs. The budget and scope should be carefully evaluated.
- if not managed well, the committee could take decision-making power away from the community at large. Transparency and community input are essential.
- paying roles may incentivize politics, entrenchment of power, or attracting members looking for a paycheck rather than protocol progress. Ideal candidates must be vetted.
- moderation powers on social channels and Discord could be abused to censor certain views or promote biased agendas. Clear moderation policies are needed.
These potential risks have been mitigated through careful design of the committee structure.
Transparency and community engagement are the cornerstones of ATC’s ethos.
All members fulfil one or multiple of the following criteria:
- are active in the Across DAO
- have been long standing members and are value aligned
- have received and retained their ACX token airdrops
- have gained significant experience in treasury matters outside of Across DAO
The ATC goals and outcomes are measurable. Regular reports will be drafted for the DAO to assess its effectiveness.
Policies and processes will be developed to ensure that all in the DAO are treated equitably and are able to voice concerns, raise issues and suggest improvements.