Vote 016: Treasury distributions to rebuild trust in Gro after UST depeg

Vault users lost funds when UST depegged. While the protocol worked as designed and PWRD users were protected by Vault, the design did not include an automated stop-loss mechanism that could provide back-stop protection for Vault users.

Improvements are in development, but to rebuild trust in Gro, we are proposing the DAO to consider going beyond protocol improvements, and vote on a distribution of stablecoins and/or GRO to affected users to win back their trust. This would be a weighted average vote that will let the DAO decide what amounts to be spent on this effort.


  • Gro Protocol was impacted by the recent depegging of the UST stablecoin, the third largest stablecoin by market cap. One of four strategies was exposed to UST through Curve on Ethereum, resulting in a partial loss of funds for Vault users.
  • PWRD users were shielded from the UST depeg as Vault protected PWRD. As the leveraged product, Vault took a larger share of total protocol losses since it also took on the loss of PWRD.
  • Vault withdrawal was not available at times when the PWRD protection utilisation ratio capped out or when stablecoin prices between Curve and Chainlink feed were too far away from each other. This was the same for Argent zkSync users as there is a process to bridge funds from L1 to L2 which was impacted in the same way.
  • Gro protocol is built to be a permissionless protocol that lets users make their own decisions on entering a portfolio of stable strategies. In the Gro community and in the core team, there were both users who believed that UST would recover and those that believed it would fail. As a core team we did not want to make a centralised decision / “bet” on users’ behalf so the priority was to enable users to make their own decisions and work around any safety measures that prevented withdrawals.
  • As the situation worsened, it became clear that the community was no longer divided and most considered that UST was a broken strategy. At that time, the core team started winding down the strategy which moved assets out of UST into USDT reserves. We regret that we hadn’t implemented automated stop-loss mechanisms into the protocol in addition to manual integrity assessments. We are also reflecting on whether it is feasible to pursue higher risk strategies in a trustless or decentralised setup.
  • More detail in the community forum post here.

Proposal to distribute stablecoins and GRO to affected protocol users

While the system worked as designed and PWRD users were protected, the protocol risk and yield tranching design did not include an automated stop-loss mechanism. Multiple proposals have been raised to improve protocol design, including stop-loss mechanisms and DAO voted strategies.

To rebuild trust in the Gro brand and encourage Vault users to use Gro products in future, we are proposing the DAO goes beyond protocol improvements, and considers voting on a distribution of stablecoins and/or GRO to affected users.

Over $2mn losses to the Gro DAO treasury, as the largest Vault holder, together with exits from affected users, has substantially reduced protocol TVL. As a result, the treasury is earning less from stablecoin yields and performance fees, which affects how much can be distributed to impacted Vault users. DAO members have suggested it is important to balance the need to rebuild trust with the treasury’s sustainability for future growth.

The proposal below aims to balance that through dividing the distribution into 2 parts: (1) stablecoins that would be distributed over 24 months to impacted users, (2) vesting GRO tokens to enable governance participation and longer term buy-in to the success of the protocol.

Stablecoin distribution (Vote 16A)

  • PWRD Stablecoin or Gro Vault Token could be distributed to impacted Vault users to help rebuild their trust in Gro protocol. While we cannot measure trust lost, we would propose a distribution based on the proxy of percentage of funds lost.
  • Some community members suggested that all users should receive the same percentage regardless of how much funds they had in Vault, while others suggested to help smaller wallets.
  • This proposal suggests applying the same percentage for all users with the exceptions for operational & gas efficiency that (1) those receiving <$1000 would receive their funds upfront while others would receive their distribution over 24 months, and (2) minimum threshold of $10 allocation to be included.
  • Funds would be escrowed into a smart contract for ongoing release to user wallets, so that the implementation is permissionless. Argent zkSync does not support smart contracts yet so alternative implementation would be required.
  • As at 15:30 UTC on 27th May 2022, Gro DAO treasury has around $9,500,000 available (excluding GRO tokens and deducting existing commitments) after it took a loss of ~$2,400,000 as one of the largest Vault holders.

GRO distribution (Vote 16B)

  • GRO token distribution on Ethereum mainnet has also been suggested. Claiming these tokens would allow users to participate more in Gro DAO governance so that they would have a stake in setting parameters for Gro protocol, such as whitelisting yield strategies, voting on proposals like this, and setting performance fee levels.
  • Some DAO members raised the concerns of increasing GRO token circulation as a result of this distribution. As GRO distribution aims to rebuild trust through giving impacted users a say in the protocol, GRO tokens distributed in this vote would be delivered through the existing Gro Rewards Centre. These tokens would be issued in one tranche and vest over 12 months with the option to immediately exit with 30% only (in line with other GRO rewards).

Voting methodology: weighted average

In order to reflect the range of opinions of all GRO holders we are setting each vote up as a weighted average between the different options. This reflects learnings from previous critical DAO votes where a binary option resulted in many dissatisfied DAO members.

The ranges suggested are ambitious but achievable, given necessary DAO runway and the interests of not overly diluting existing GRO holders.

Vote 16A: How many $ worth of stablecoins should be used for this effort?

Indicative community poll:

  • $0m
  • $1.5m
  • $3.0m
  • $4.5m
  • $6.0m (over 50% of available treasury)

0 voters

If you suggest a different range as vote options, please comment when replying to this post.

Vote 16B: How many GRO tokens should be distributed to impacted Vault users?

Indicative community poll:

  • 0 GRO tokens
  • 250k GRO
  • 500k GRO
  • 750k GRO
  • 1m GRO (1% of total supply)

0 voters

If you suggest a different range as vote options, please comment when replying to this post.

Next steps

This community post will remain live for 7 days, at which point if there are no major comments then this will be moved to a vote on

If there is significant demand for a vote that is formulated in a different way, then we will make amendments to the proposal before posting for vote.


hi, when gro protocol airdropped or compansation in argent wallet for 7th may pre attack users, i staked my usdc with gro in argent wallet and booked heavy loss.

Given what’s happening to the token value is it wise to continue with the vote on distributing GRO token? I think distributing up to 1% of the supply is a risky move anyway, but even more so given how much value of the token has been stripped away again in a matter of hours. Would expect another dump is likely as people cash out their 30% and cut their losses, only takes a few to trigger a panic?


I would say it would be only fair to distrubute stable coin to stable coins stakers,if not all stakers, who knows how the market goes after you distibute gro tokens…


The votes are now live on Snapshot. They will run live for a further 7 days.

Please click here for Vote 16A (stablecoin distribution) and Vote 16B (GRO token distribution).

The votes concluded this week. Please see this community post for more information on implementation: