[SIPS-018] Upcoming Aave Cellar Liquidity Mining Incentives Proposal

Upcoming Aave Cellar Liquidity Mining Incentives Proposal

This forum post is to discuss the upcoming Governance proposal for liquidity incentives on the Aave Stablecoin Cellar, which will go up for vote on Monday, November 21, 2022.


This proposal is intended to authorize a one-time transfer of 100,000 SOMM from the community pool to the CellarStaking contract, which is used to incentivize cellar depositors on Ethereum Mainnet. This program will distribute the authorized amount of tokens over a period of 30 days, starting at the date this proposal passes and is enacted. The total amount of tokens for the proposed program represents 0.070% of the tokens in the community pool.

These funds will be used as a continuation of the previous liquidity mining program which ran from July 21, 2022 to October 19, 2022 and seeks to encourage additional participation in Sommelier’s AAVE V2 Stablecoin Cellar. In the future, Sommelier may want to launch similar incentive programs with different parameters - any future incentive program is outside of the scope of this governance action and will require a new proposal.

The tokens prescribed by the program will be distributed pro rata to users on Ethereum Mainnet who elect to bond aave2-CLR-S in Sommelier’s staking contract. The CellarStaking smart contract (cellar-staking/CellarStaking.sol at main · PeggyJV/cellar-staking · GitHub) governs the bonding of aave2-CLR-S and the distribution of the tokens reserved for SOMM rewards. Pro rata allocation is determined based on share of the pool, where that share is equal to the amount of the user’s aave2-CLR-S tokens deposited, multiplied by a “boost” determined by the amount of time those cellar shares are locked for. Shares receive a 10% boost by locking for 7 days, a 30% boost for locking for 14 days, and a 50% boost for locking for 21 days.

This smart contract, deployed at address on 0x24691a00779d375A5447727E1610d327D04B3C5F on Ethereum mainnet, is based on canonical staking conventions used across the Ethereum Virtual Machine, principally the Synthetix staking rewards contract, originally developed in 2018. Variations of this code have secured billions of dollars of rewards across various EVM-compatible blockchains. The CellarStaking smart contract has been audited by Macro, with the audit available here: cellar-contracts/Macro_Cellar_CellarStaking_07_2022.pdf at main · PeggyJV/cellar-contracts · GitHub

A multisig on Ethereum Mainnet, at address 0x7340d1fecd4b64a4ac34f826b21c945d44d7407f and operated by Sommelier contributors, has administrative powers to govern the parameters of the program under a 2-of-4 signing scheme. The staking program must be funded with SOMM tokens directly from the Gravity Bridge; the multisig will not control any tokens reserved for the program.

The multisig is able to perform the following actions:

  • Schedule a certain amount of tokens owned by the contract for distribution (via notifyRewardAmount)
  • Set the duration of future rewards programs (via setRewardsDuration)
  • Set the minimum deposit in aave2-CLR-S tokens in order to participate in the rewards program (via setMinimumDeposit)
  • Pause and unpause bonding operations in emergency scenarios (via setPaused)
  • Trigger a one-time emergency shutdown on the contract, which stops new reward accumulation and allows all depositors to withdraw their assets immediately, disregarding unbonding times (via emergencyStop).

The multisig is currently composed of a mix of early developers on the Sommelier Chain and protocol, Ethereum smart contract developers, and cellar strategists:

  • Zaki Manian
  • Jack Zampolin
  • Kevin Kennis
  • Joseph Terrigno

This proposal, if accepted, will spend 100,000 SOMM from the community pool in order to fund the CellarStaking contract according to the parameters of this proposal. The multisig shall be responsible for enacting the program according to the parameters of this proposal once the requisite SOMM tokens are funded by the validators.

Reference Links:

CellarStaking Contract: cellar-staking/CellarStaking.sol at main · PeggyJV/cellar-staking · GitHub

CellarStaking deployment: CellarStaking | Address 0x24691a00779d375A5447727E1610d327D04B3C5F | Etherscan

Ethereum Mainnet multisig: Safe

Macro Audit: cellar-contracts/Macro_Cellar_CellarStaking_07_2022.pdf at main · PeggyJV/cellar-contracts · GitHub

Synthetix Staking Rewards Contract: synthetix/StakingRewards.sol at v2.63.1-alpha · Synthetixio/synthetix · GitHub