Burn in the Forest – Chill Space Grants

GVIAS offers art grants for chill spaces that the individual or theme camp will be bringing to Burn In The Forest. The maximum grant for new pieces is $500 and for refurbished (previously-built) chill spaces is $250. Grant Applications for Burn In The Forest close on April 12th, 2019 at 11:59PM.

Applications Closed



Art grants ONLY cover materials (consumables and fixed assets which are necessary to the chill space), and operational costs. These grants will NOT cover labor expenses including the artist’s time, purchase of food, alcohol, or tickets to the event

Fixed Assets (e.g. tools, structures, electronics) may be submitted, but should be specialized, essential to the functionality of the project, and should be a relatively small portion of the expense. (i.e. a $50 Arduino in an $800 project is reasonable. A plan for $100 of pillow materials requiring an $800 sewing machine is not. Well, the sewing machine is not, at least.)

Recall that tools and other fixed assets may be available for low-cost rent from a rental agency, or even a free loan from a community member. Don’t know a community member with a band saw? Ask on the various social media pages and email lists…people love to help a good art project


Any individual, team or established group (for teams, please have one person submit an application for the group) may apply. Applicants must be a member of Greater Vancouver Interactive Art’s Society. Membership is free and can be obtained by applying through the GVIAS website here.



Projects will be considered according to the following criteria:

Project Interactivity – How interactive is your project?

Artistic Excellence – How “wow” is the idea?

Overall Community Benefit – How many community members will get to enjoy the project, and for how long?

Viability of Implementation Plan – Is your budget, schedule, build plan, crew size, and assembly/teardown plan sensible? Can you deliver the project you’re proposing in the timeframe stated?

Value for Money – Is your project a “How did you get that all done for that little??” or a “We’re paying how much for this???”

Emerging Artists – To diversify the grants, Artists who are first-time applicants are given a slight preference.

Budget Clarity – Your budget is clear and well thought out, contains sufficient detail to evaluate the project, and does not attempt to inflate the costs of the project in order to increase the % grant coverage.


Successful applicants will be asked to sign a contract in order to receive their grant. 75% of the grant amount will be paid upon signing the contract. The final 25% paid upon completion of the project, viewing of the project by a committee member and receipt of a final cost reports with copies of all receipts.

A failure to execute your proposed art project may result in ineligibility for future grants.


Applications Closed

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