Artdemic Grants

The Artdemic Grant has been created to continue to support new art projects and GVIAS artists during a non-event year. Please ensure you are familiar with the Artdemic Grant information below and criteria before completing your application. Note: Only new art projects will be funded at this time.

If you don’t not find an answer below to your question(s), you can contact the committee at [email protected].

Grant typeOpening DateClosing DateGrants AnnouncedContract Deadline
Artdemic GrantApril 15May 1May 12May 26
About GVIAS grants

By providing grants for projects, our goal is to encourage art that fosters the ideals of the Burning Man community. We encourage artists working in experimental, emerging, cross-disciplinary, and traditional categories to apply. The intention is to enable artists to display their art and add to the collective, participatory spirit in the community and at Burning Man GVIAS events.

Artdemic Grant information
  • $5000 total budget available
  • Max of $1000 per individual NEW art project 
  • This grant will function similar to Dustcovery grants – Artists can apply for up to $1000 but can ask for less if it is a smaller project. We VERY rarely fully fund any of the projects that apply, funds are dispersed based on judging criteria and number of points assigned to the project relative to other projects
  • Art can be virtual or physical
    • Physical is required to be displayed safely in a way that can be viewed by the community
    • This must be covid-safe and on private property/within guidelines and restrictions of municipalities etc.
  • All art will be required to submit proof of completion on or by August 1st to [email protected] to share with community. This can be:
    • Physical Art – Photos/videos and description of physical location to view art
    • Virtual Art – a link to the virtual art project
What kinds of art does the Artdemic grant cover?

Media Arts 
Includes but is not limited to: Film, Video, Animation, Teleplays, Sound Art, Immersive Audio & Video Works 

Visual Arts
Includes but is not limited to: Crafts, Design, Drawing, Illustration, Installation, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Dance, Theater, Interactive Installation & Sculpture

Or any mix of the above. 

Who can apply for a GVIAS art grant?

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

What will my grant $ cover?

GVIAS grants will cover the cost of the materials required to build your art. Your grant will NOT cover:

  • Fixed assets totaling 50% or more of your total project budget (a fixed asset is an item such as a drill or speaker)
  • Consumable such as food or alcohol
  • Labour costs

Artdemic judging criteria

We normally have 3 categories for judging applications:

  1. Interactivity: Does this art invite play? Does this art engage participants to interact with or directly influence it? Does this art encourage participant interaction with one another? Please Note: this will not specifically apply to Artdemic Grants as a largely weighted judging Criteria due to Covid19 Pandemic. Try to be creative!

  2. Artistic Excellence: How “Wow!” is the idea? Is it memorable? Is it an original idea? Would participants seek out this project? Does this project excite participants?

  3. Delivery Plan: Is your budget clear? Is your schedule, build plan, crew size, and assembly/teardown plan sensible? Have you considered the safety and placement of your art at the event? Can you deliver the project you’re proposing in the budget and time frame stated? Please note: Delivery Plan is a very important aspect of your application. We can’t fund it if we don’t understand what you’re doing or what you’re spending money on.
How will I get paid?

Successful applicants in the Main Round must sign a contract to receive their grant. 75% of the grant amount is paid upon signing the contract. The final 25% is paid upon completion after the event.

Completion of the project includes : 

  • Submit proof of completion on or by August 1st to [email protected] to share with community. This can be:
    • Physical Art – Photos/videos and description of physical location to view art
    • Virtual Art – a link to the virtual art project
  • Submission of a final cost report with copies of all receipts.
How do I apply for the Artdemic Grant?

Simple. Complete our application form.

How do I submit a contract?

If successful, you will be sent a grant contract by email. You must print BOTH PAGES and sign the last page of the contract. You will then take a photo or scan both pages and upload it here:

What happens if I miss a deadline to submit application, contract or receipts?

Our deadlines are firm. If you miss a deadline to submit an application you will have to wait until grants rounds reopen to apply. If you miss a deadline for submitting a contract you will forfeit your grant. If you miss the deadline for submitting receipts you will forfeit the remainder of your grant.

What happens if I am unable to fulfill my contract?

If you do not fulfill the obligations agreed to in your contract, GVIAS may find you “not in compliance” and refuse you funding in the future. This includes failing to show project at the event promised, or unable to submit receipts for my grant award.

Artists Not in Compliance

Newly introduced in 2020.

Artists who are not in compliance with their contracts will be handled as follows:

  • Artists who receive funding but do not deliver may be deemed as not compliant at the discretion of the Grant Committee
  • If you are not compliant you WILL NOT be eligible for an Art Grant in the future until:
    • Your art is present at a GVIAS event
    • You pay back the funds to GVIAS that were awarded to you


Membership Is Free

But Some Assembly Required

We are guided by the 10 principles of Burning Man. These principles guide our interactions with one another and the environment and have a strong ethos of participation. As such, our events and the society are entirely dependent upon community participation.

Membership isn't required to participate, but members enjoy a number of perks including access to a community of doers and dreamers.

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