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Burning Man Global Art Grant

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Burning Man Project

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Deadline Date:

02/12/20 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, for works of art that engage the community. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for highly interactive, community-driven works of art that prioritize community involvement in their development, execution, and display.

The funding source funds art that is accessible to the public, civic in scope and prompts the viewer to act. Burning Man likes art that can be experienced in more ways than visually – art that is touched, heard or experienced as well as viewed. Burning Man prioritizes funding art that involves the audience in its conception, creation, and presentation. This program’s impact is driven by a willingness to take risks and be the first to give a grant to a project or to work with artists and projects that other funders might avoid, as well as a focus on community-driven processes that have effects far beyond the artwork itself.

Burning Man supports projects that envision creative ways to increase interactivity and community engagement. Burning Man looks for projects that not only allow audiences to participate with the final product, but ones in which the community itself drives the conception and creation of the project. Burning Man funds projects by artists and makers who have brilliant, perhaps even wacky, ideas who have yet to find anyone else willing to take a chance on them.

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 experienced in public spaces, where everyone has access to view and participate with the art free of charge
  • 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.

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.
- While projects from established artists are welcomed, the focus is to encourage, support and take risks on new and emerging artists
- Anyone who’s previously applied for or received any type of Burning Man (or BRAF) grant is also eligible and encouraged to apply again.
- Burning Man funds art projects that are proposed by people, creatives, artists, designers, community members who align with the Burning Man ethos and 10 Principles based cultural standards. Grantees may or may not have been to a Burning Man event, nor is it a requirement to receive a Global Art Grant

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:

2020 Grant Cycle Timeline:
- The Letter of Intent (LOI) form will open November 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm (noon) Pacific Time.
- The Letter of Intent (LOI) form will close December 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.
- Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal mid-January 2020.
- Full proposals are accepted by invitation from among the LOI applicants only.
- The full proposal form will close on February 12, 2020 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.
- Final grantees will be determined in April 2020.
- Late LOIs and proposals will not be accepted. No exceptions. Please read the application instructions for more details on how to apply.

It’s mandatory that you submit your LOI through the online process; applications sent via email or mail will not be accepted.

Usually, grants are awarded in two or three payments over the course of approximately a year, with the first payment sent on the signing of a grant agreement and each subsequent payment being contingent on a report of the project’s progress.

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How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

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

Laura Dane
Burning Man Grant Program Manager

Burning Man
660 Alabama St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

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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

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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.

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