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Global Art Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Artists and Art
Groups for Interactive, Community-Driven Works of Art

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Burning Man Project

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Deadline Date:

02/13/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to USA, Canada, and International new and emerging individual artists, as well as art groups, organizations, and collectives. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. This program funds highly interactive, community-driven works of art that prioritize community involvement in their development, execution, and display.

Funding will be provided to support art that is accessible to the public, civic in scope, and prompts the viewer to act. The funding source likes art that can be experienced in more ways than visually – art that is touched, heard, or experienced as well as viewed. Priority will be given to art projects that involve the audience in its conception, creation and presentation.

When reviewing grant submissions the funding source will be prioritizing these elements related to their Mission:

- Creation of highly interactive, community-driven art.
- Art that can be touched, heard and/or experienced.
- Projects that allow participants to engage with the conception, creation and presentation of art.
- Taking risks and providing seed funding that stimulates new explorations and fosters new artists.
- Validation and support for artists that are at the experimental point of their own development.
- Art created by the community for the benefit of that community.

Values of the Global Art Grant Program:

- Cultural Experience: The Mission of Burning Man Project is to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into the larger world. The Burning Man Global Art Grants fund projects that are aligned in the spirit of the Burning Man culture without the expectation that submissions will be coming from those who’ve attended the event or participated in other regional events. We value the potential for the human spirit to flourish through creativity and work to support projects that reflect participatory cultural opportunities for communities worldwide.
- Impact: Installing interactive, community-driven art in places where the community might not otherwise be exposed to the benefits of connecting people through art.
- Risk taking: Allowing failure to be part of the process, knowing the value these experiences have in building more robust artists.
- Skill Building: Teaching and encouraging others to learn about creating art, building community, and engaging with civic entities. We encourage both the artist(s) and participants to learn together.

Eligible Requests:

- All funded projects must be art that is accessible to the public.
- Grants can be applied towards the creation of interactive artworks.
- Grants can be applied towards the development of community programs or organizations that support the creation of interactive artworks.
- The cost of the materials necessary to fulfill the project’s vision.
- Limited Artist Fees: In some instances, the funding source will fund artist fees when the form of art-making and engagement is reliant on the person to be realized.
- Food for volunteers and community members if it is a legitimate part of project process of engagement.
- While the funding source does not prioritize touring and exhibitions of art, projects that are found to be interactive, participatory, and/or include ongoing elements of community engagement may still be evaluated to determine if they fit the mission of the Global Art Grant program.

Please Note the Following:

- While Burning Man Project does welcome projects from established artists, the focus is to encourage, support, and take risks on new and emerging artists.
- Global Art Grants support artists and makers who create art outside of the annual Burning Man event in the desert. Grantees do not have to have been to Black Rock City to receive this grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166931

Number of Grants:

Approximately 15-20 projects are funded a year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from between $500 and $10,000, with most awards ranging between $3,000 and $6,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who Burning Man Project Funds:

- Individual artists.
- Art groups, organizations and collectives (Burning Man Project does not require groups to have nonprofit 501(c)3 status).
- Artists located anywhere on the globe; there are no geographic restrictions placed on those who can apply.
- Anyone who’s previously applied for or received any type of Burning Man (or BRAF) grant is also eligible and encouraged to apply again.

What Burning Man Global Art Grants Do Not Fund:

- Solo projects that do not involve others or the community.
- Static work, such as art with no interactive component.
- Touring and exhibitions of previously created art.
- Transportation fees.
- Entrepreneurial endeavors.
- Gallery work, such as work hung in a gallery.
- Photography.
- Screenplays.
- Films.
- Websites.
- Publications – poetry books, photo books, fiction, etc.
- Art bound for the Burning Man event in Black Rock City, NV (you may wish to apply for a Black Rock City Honoraria instead). Grants have been given to projects that have appeared in Black Rock City, but in these rare cases the Global Art Grant funds were used for display of interactive artworks off-playa.
- Social aid or relief efforts with no art component (you may wish to contact Burners Without Borders).

Typically, the following is not funded unless they have a strong interactive component:

- Murals.
- Musical productions.
- Theatre productions.
- Written or spoken word.
- Dance productions.

Pre-Application Information:

2019 Grant Cycle Timeline:

- The Letter of Intent (LOI) form will open November 14, 2018 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time.
- The Letter of Intent (LOI) form will close December 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.
- Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal mid-January 2019.
- Full proposals are accepted by invitation from among the LOI applicants only.
- The full proposal form will close on February 13, 2019 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.
- Late LOIs and proposals will not be accepted. No exceptions.

Helpful Links:

- Eligibility Criteria:
- How to Apply:

Additional Links:

- A preview of the 2019 LOI questions that applicants will answer are available as a Google doc here:

- Full Application Budget Template:

- A preview of the 2019 Full Proposal questions that applicants will answer are available as a Google doc here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have any further questions about the program, you may contact:

Laura Dane, Burning Man Grant Program Manager

Technical Assistance:

Technical support for the online application form is available through the Profiles contact form (, where you will receive tech help much faster than by contacting any individual directly.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.