MGP -April 2022: Ethereum Cat Herders

Project Title

Ethereum Cat Herders


Ethereum Cat Herders is a group of individuals, working together to support the Ethereum core developers and the larger Ethereum ecosystem with research, project management and other aspects of communication and coordination. Recently we celebrated Ethereum Cat Herder’s 3rd Anniversary… A summary of tasks performed in the year 2021 is published as Review 2021: The Ethereum Cat Herders.


The Ethereum cat Herders aims to increase support to the Ethereum mainnet with more community involvement. The main tasks the group has performed are:

  • EIP awareness and consensus building

  • Creating & curating educational content

  • Collecting information through surveys & meetings

  • Community building

  • Identifying potentially needed support for client & tools

  • Continuous process improvement


  • EIP awareness and consensus building

  • Collecting information through surveys & meetings

  • Community awareness

  • Identifying potentially needed support for client & tools


  • Creating & curating educational content
  • Continuous process improvement
  • Community building and outreach
  • Onboarding/Help Desk

Product Features

EIPs related

  • PEEPanEIP: EIP & Upgrade related resources - 11 episodes recorded & released in Q1.
  • EIPs Insight: Shares a monthly summary of the standardization efforts for the Ethereum blockchain.
  • EIPIP meetings
  • EIP editors apprenticeship meetings
  • ECH engineering (EIP-bot & EIPV maintenance)
  • Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) Monthly Education Call: An Update on Ethereum’s Transition to Proof of Stake and Network Updates
  • Talk on EIP & Merge on TwitterSpace
  • EIP community outreach - an initiative aiming to involve major ecosystem platforms and builders in the EIP process, especially ERCs.
  • Help new authors document their proposal.
  • Onboard new EIP editor. Communicate with the EF Devops team to get right access to EIP editors.

Community communication & coordination


The Ethereum cat Herders has received multiple grants in the past from Moloch & others.

  • MGP grant (Nov 2021 - $125k USD for 6 months)
  • ESP grant (Q2 2021 - $90k USD for 6 months)
  • MGP 56 (May 2021- $10k USD for ongoing work)
  • MGP 50 (Nov 2020 - $45k USD for part-time HIC for 6 months)
  • MGP 47 (June 2020 - $30k USD for Notes & Operational expenses for 3 months)

We’ve received kind words from the community leaders supporting the work done by the Cat Herders. (Ref: community feedback on ECH Website)

“Wanted to share I think @EthCatHerders are awesome: they help make ACD and other protocol-related things accessible to more folks with transcripts, blog posts, and video series. It’s also a great way to onboard new Ethereum contributors ” Tim Beiko


A summary of tasks performed in Q1 2021 is published on ECH Medium.

Differentiation (from other projects)

ECH is the only working group whose primary focus is coordination and project management around the Ethereum protocol. It also acts as an onboarding resource for newcomers who wish to contribute to the community.


  • Pooja Ranjan
  • William Schwab
  • George Hervey
  • Shashank Yalamanchi
  • Alita Moore
  • Matt Garnett
  • Brent Allsop
  • Shubhangi Gokhale
  • Kenneth Luster
  • A pool of contributors for meeting notes (~10)

Grant Request $

  • For 6 months* - $130k USD

(Considering $5k USD for price volatility buffer)

*This grant request is based on the estimated tasks & resources foreseeable in the near future.

What the Funds Are For

  • Herder in chief
  • Catblazer
  • ECH Ops
  • ECH engineering (EIP bot)
  • EIP editor
  • Public meeting notes
  • ECH website hosting plus misc.

Help Requested

Not Applicable

Additional Resources, Links, Portfolio