A robust community of independent validators forms the backbone of the Solana network. The Solana Foundation strives to support the growth of this community while encouraging high performance, decentralized and secure node operations. Toward these goals, the Solana Foundation has committed to strategically delegating stake from its treasury in an effort to promote decentralization of the network.
Validators who choose to apply for the Solana Foundation’s Delegation Program may be eligible to receive a stake delegation from the Solana Foundation.
A validator node must meet certain performance and decentralization criteria in order to receive the stake delegation from the Solana Foundation. Delegation sizes are dynamically adjusted based on an eligible validator’s performance.
Check out a complete description of our Delegation criteria
For more information on this program please see the FAQ
Interested in the program? Here is a step by step walkthrough of what to expect after you apply.
Create your validator identity keys for Testnet and Mainnet Beta
Apply for the Foundation Delegation Program and pass KYC
Start your Testnet validator
Not sure how to start voting on Testnet?
Get added to Testnet stake bot
Your Testnet validator will automatically be added to the Testnet stake bot in the order you registered for the Delegation Program. 100 Testnet validators are added weekly. It may take a few months to be added.
Start producing blocks
Continue voting well and start producing blocks on Testnet
Earn Bonus stake by the Testnet stake bot
Earn Bonus stake and watch the epochs of Bonus performance stack up!
Get onboarded onto the Delegation Program
Attract stake delegations from external parties
Work with other validators, stake pool managers, and community members to learn how to attract external stake from other delegators