CIP-Draft: Operational CoW DAO Safe

CIP-Draft: Operational CoW DAO Safe
CIP: <to be assigned when moved to phase 2>

title: Operational CoW DAO Safe
author: lpm_machado
status: Draft
created: 2023-05-26

Simple Summary

CoW DAO has a number of operational needs, including various ecosystem related transactions and operations. These require low funding amounts, but payments that are sent frequently (eg. network fees, testing, user studies etc.)

This CIP proposes the creation of a CoW DAO-owned operational spend Safe to reduce overhead. This safe would be funded for ecosystem transactions such as network fees, testing funds, and potentially small, unforeseen bounties or community-approved reimbursements. Additionally, the ETH-flow refunder for the native ETH-flow support requires funding, which this operational Safe would be able to provide.

This CIP asks for a funding allocation of 80 ETH.


This CIP asks to transfer 80 ETH (ca. 145k USD equivalent) into a Safe at [To be deployed BEFORE Snapshot vote, after discussion of this CIP on the Forum].

This Safe would reduce the overhead related to funding on-chain operations that further the development of the CoW Suite along the lines dictated by the Service Agreement and operated on behalf of CoW DAO.

These funds will be used as necessary in the development of the CoW Protocol Suite and related undertakings, namely:

  1. Deployment of smart contracts;
  2. Audit services for smart contracts;
  3. Bounties;
  4. Testing of features (like partial orders, milkman upgrades, and others);
  5. User studies;
  6. Funding of the ETHFlow refunder wallets;
  7. Funding for gas and signers;

To implement this proposal, a new nested Safe with a threshold of 1/2 owned by CoW DAO and by a Safe operated by the Core team shall be deployed and named “Operational CoW DAO Safe”.

Additionally, operational EOAs will be created and funded with a maximum of 5 ETH at any given time to facilitate the frictionless usage of funds (also on different chains). Any significant transaction above this amount will be initiated from the “Operational CoW DAO Safe” directly. The diagram below depicts the intended structure.

Screenshot 2023-05-26 180310

(*) Note: Cow logo wallets represent CoW DAO Owned wallets.

Any unused funds from the Operational CoW DAO Safe can, at any moment, be withdrawn by CoW DAO’s main Safe and re-allocated for any other community-driven initiative.

Further top-ups will require a summarised expense report of prior funding along with another CIP.

The assets in the operational CoW DAO Safe will remain idle (no asset management) and should be allocated from this CoW DAO Safe.


  1. Deployment of a new nested Safe named “Operational CoW DAO Safe”, with a threshold of 1/2 owned by the CoW DAO main Safe and a Core team Safe.
  2. Transfer of 80 ETH to [To be deployed BEFORE Snapshot vote, after discussion of this CIP on the Forum].
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I support this proposal. It makes sense to have a small fund for regular and unforeseen expenses.