Cohort #13 - Foundation Voting Program - Application Period Now Open

Hello Validators and New Applicants,

The Celo Foundation Voting Program is now open! :tada: :tada:

Validator groups that are selected as part of this cohort, will retain Foundation votes until June 30, 2024 (~12 months after votes are cast around the beginning of July this year).

To ensure that validators are engaging with and receiving votes from the community at least 150k CELO voted for your validator by an entity that is not the Celo Foundation.

  • The application deadline is Friday, May 31, 2023. :calendar:
  • Cohort 10 validators who are subject to having their votes expire need to opt-in to renew their application here.
  • New validators NEED to apply on the application form here. As well, please complete the self-audit checklist prior to starting as it is uploaded as part of your application.
  • Both Cohort 10 validators and new applicants will be evaluated on their validator performance. Celo Mainnet uptime will be used for validators currently receiving votes. Baklava testnet uptime will be used for new validators interested in receiving votes.
  • You must be running both a validator on Baklava testnet or Celo Mainnet (for renewing validators).

:face_with_monocle: All application details can be found in the Foundation Voting Policy docs. Docs on running a validator on Baklava testnet can be found here. The faucet request for ReleaseGold on Baklava can be found here.

To encourage financial inclusion and the participation of secure, reliable validators, the Celo Foundation will vote for validator groups according to the updated Foundation voting policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to tag @dave_commsec in the #validators-operators channel on Discord, or email


Great news! We have been awaiting the announcement with great interest. :grinning:

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Hello Validators and new applicants, :wave:

A friendly reminder the applicable period is only open for a few more days.

Please be sure to complete your opt-in or new applicant form before Wednesday EOD.

If you have any questions, feel free to tag @dave_commsec in the #validators-operators channel on Discord, or email

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Hello Validator Community! :wave: :wave:

The application period is officially closed for Cohort 13 and we have received a full inventory of applicants. The foundation will be reviewing applicants during June with votes being delegated at the beginning of July.

For new applicants, we will monitor your performance on Baklava.

For Opt-in applicants, we will review your validator performance and reach out should any additional information be required.

Again, Thank you all!!