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The Burning Man Arts Global Art Grants Program began with the founding of the Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) in 2001 by the co-founders of Burning Man. Formerly called the Black Rock Arts Foundation Grants to Artists Program, it continues today within the Burning Man Project organization after BRAF became a subsidiary of this organization in 2014.


Eligibility Criteria


When reviewing grant submissions we will be prioritizing these elements related to our 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 whove 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.


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.


Who We Fund:

Individual artists.

Art groups, organizations and collectives (we do 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 we do welcome projects from established artists, our focus is to encourage, support and take risks on new and emerging artists.

Anyone whos previously applied for or received any type of Burning Man (or BRAF) grant. We encourage you to apply again!

We fund 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 We DO Fund:

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 projects vision.

Limited Artist Fees: In some instances, we 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 we dont 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.

Our grants range from between $500 and $10,000, with most awards ranging between $3,000 and $6,000. Please consider this when proposing your budget.


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.





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).

We have given grants 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 we do not fund these unless they have a strong interactive component:


Musical productions.

Theatre productions.

Written or spoken word.

Dance productions.


How to Apply for a Global Art Grant


2018 Grant Cycle Timeline

The Letter of Intent (LOI) form will open November 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm Pacific Time.

The Letter of Intent (LOI) form will close December 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal mid-January 2018.

Full proposals are accepted by invitation from among the LOI applicants only.

The full proposal form will close on February 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Late LOIs and proposals will not be accepted. No exceptions. Please read our application instructions below for more details on how to apply.


Application Submission Instructions

If your project or program fits our eligibility criteria and aligns with our mission and values, please follow these instructions to be considered for funding. Full proposals will be accepted by invitation only. To be invited, you must submit a Letter of Intent (LOI).




Letter of Intent (LOI) Instructions

Our online Letter of Intent will give you the opportunity to provide us with the following:


Contact information

General information about your project

A brief physical description of the project

A brief statement of how the project fits the mission and criteria for this program

One to three images showing how the project will appear (a rough sketch is fine at this stage)

Some information about the funding you are seeking

In order to access our online form, you will need to create a Burner Profile. Please note, the Burning Man Global Art Grant program uses Burner Profiles as an intake enrollment form similar to that required by other grant applications. The Global Art Grant program will not share, rent or sell your personal information to any other entity. For further information, please read Burning Man Privacy Policy.


Once you create a profile, you can navigate to the form through the Burner Profiles site (click on Participation Forms) or go directly to Burner Profiles Burning Man Art Grants.


If you have any technical issues with the submission form or Burner Profiles in general, feel free to ask for help via the technical support contact form. You will get a faster response from this form than contacting anyone individually.


A preview of the DRAFT questions that applicants will answer on the 2018 Global Art Grant LOI form are available in a DRAFT example document. We recommend you compose and edit your responses in a word processor before beginning our online form, and pasting the responses into the form so you do not risk losing work if your browser or our website crashes during the process of submitting.



Full Proposal Instructions

Invitations for proposals will be extended to projects selected from the pool of those submitting an LOI. If selected, you will be invited to fill out our full application online. Uninvited proposals will not be considered.


In our online application, you will have the opportunity to describe your project and tell us about its goals, audience and interactive potential.


A complete proposal includes:


The completion of the online proposal (available through Burner Profiles). We do not accept printed and mailed proposals.

A timeline. Our online form contains fields where you may describe your timeline, or you may upload your own format.

A budget. We require applicants to submit a budget using our template.

Supplemental images and materials. You will have the opportunity to upload images or other media files. We highly recommend you submit visual representations of your proposed project; sketches and/or photos of other, similar precedents of work may be submitted as representations of your proposed project. In the full proposal, you may also submit samples of your previous work. If you are an emerging artist and dont have photos, sketches or renderings of your proposed or previous projects, please submit anything you feel is relevant that will demonstrate your ideas and/or creative skills to the committee.

Thank you for taking the time to read and digest this information before applying. If you have any further questions about the program after reading this page, you may contact:


Laura Dane

Burning Man Grant Program Manager

email: globalartgrants@burningman.org


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

Fecha de inicio: 06 de Noviembre de 2017
Fecha de cierre: 20 de Diciembre de 2017

Convoca: Global Art Grant

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