The Chainlink Community Grant Program provides financial resources to the many development teams and researchers building a more functional, accessible, and socially impactful Chainlink Network. In order to fuel the growth of the Chainlink community and accelerate the adoption of hybrid smart contracts, the Chainlink grant program continues to support work that makes it easier, faster, and more efficient to build and test new smart contracts and applications.
In pursuit of this goal, we actively support initiatives that help new smart contract developers join the ecosystem and learn how to best leverage Chainlink oracles. Part of this means investing in the infrastructure and frameworks needed to develop hybrid smart contracts and create new tools, as well as updating and maintaining existing key developer tools. One such tool that is commonly used by smart contract developers is Hardhat, an Ethereum development environment for professionals.
With the Hardhat framework, developers can run Solidity code locally, initiate tests, and debug smart contracts without dealing with live in-production environments. Hardhat provides developers extreme flexibility and the ability to extend the framework with additional plugins to address any project’s specific needs. Trusted by top teams such as Aave, Synthetix, PoolTogether, OpenZeppelin, Optimism, and more, Hardhat is a widely used developer tool by Chainlinked protocols and applications.
For this reason, we are excited to announce that Applied Blockchain, a research and development firm, has been awarded a Chainlink Community Grant for the expansion and maintenance of the Chainlink Hardhat Starter Kit, a toolkit for building Chainlinked smart contracts. By improving this key developer framework, the process of creating Chainlink-powered applications that leverage on-chain Data Feeds, verifiable randomness, or the ability to call any external API is simplified for development tea...