Lead Maintainer of GORM, Jinzhu, Awarded a Chainlink Community Grant

The Chainlink Community Grant Program provides financial resources to the many development teams and researchers building a more functional and accessible Chainlink Network. We encourage talented individual developers and development teams to apply to the grant program here, or if you are a researcher and want to collaborate, contact us.

We’re excited to announce that Jinzhu, the lead maintainer of GORM—an open-source ORM library for the Golang programming language—has been awarded a Chainlink Community Grant. This grant will financially support the continued maintenance and development of GORM, one of the most widely used libraries for Golang—a broadly adopted open-source programming language for backend development and the primary language of the Chainlink Core client. Not only will this grant support key developer tooling to enhance the functionality and usability of the Chainlink Network, but it will help the broader ecosystem of open-source developers around the world who rely on Golang every day to run mission-critical software.

GORM is an open-source software library for the Golang programming language that aims to provide Object-Relational Mapping (ORM)—a programming technique that allows developers to convert between two normally incompatible data types. ORM software vastly simplifies the Golang developer experience, allowing for quicker, more efficient development of advanced applications.

Jinzhu is the lead maintainer of the GORM project and a prolific contributor to open-source software, having provided over 2,300 code contributions to 91 different repositories on GitHub over the past year. Located in Hangzhou, China, Jinzhu ensures the GORM software library is functioning as expected in the most developer-friendly way possible by continuously adding new and improved functionalities and tooling that can be leveraged by anyone in the Golang ecosystem. We are proud to recognize and encourage Jinzhu in his work through direct financial support from the Chainlink Community Grants program, empowering Golang programmers everywhere to construct efficient, reliable, and secure software in the method that they prefer.

As an open-source project itself, Chainlink is committed to giving back to the open-source developer community and financially supporting the maintenance of open-source infrastructure. Our recent and ongoing open-source initiatives include:

Supporting the open-source movement is fundamental to Chainlink’s mission of creating a more economically fair world, as open-source software is freely available to anyone around the world, at any time, for the development of a wide variety of applications. Open-source technology not only provides a significant degree of flexibility, but it facilitates widespread, bottom-up collaboration among individuals and communities, ultimately accelerating innovation and increasing security through an open review process, as seen in the recent burst of development in DeFi’s open-source ecosystem.

However, maintaining open source software can sometimes be a thankless endeavor, which is why the Chainlink Community Grants program continues to look for ways it can support leading open-source maintainers. By doing so, we help ensure open-source technology endures as a long-term utility that benefits everyone.

“I’m thankful to receive a Chainlink Community grant to continue my work in maintaining the GORM project, enabling software developers around the world to benefit from the powerful capabilities of Golang,” stated Jinzhu. “In addition to helping the continued development of Chainlink’s industry-leading technology for powering more advanced smart contracts, this grant will further support the wide ecosystem of developers that rely on Golang every day to build critical software infrastructure and applications.”

Through the Chainlink Community Grants program, we look forward to continuing to empower more and more Chainlink ecosystem teams and researchers who are both researching and building key tools and infrastructure that accelerate the development of universally connected smart contracts and secure oracle networks. We will continue supporting the community as a key driver of Chainlink’s rapid growth, because only together can we make universally connected smart contracts into the dominant form of digital agreement.

If you want to learn more about the Grant Program, check out our recent blog post that further expands upon its goals and the criteria for submission. If you would like to participate in the Chainlink Grant Program, please apply here. Chainlink Community Grants are provided in Cash and/or LINK.