Art Grant Information

WHAT IS IGNITION NORTHWEST?

Ignition Northwest is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization founded in 2005 by a community of artists in the Seattle area. Originally inspired by our shared Burning Man experiences, Ignition Northwest now fuels community through participatory arts, events, and education.

WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT?

Ignition Northwest provides four types of grants for art projects going to Critical Northwest. Our goal is to encourage art that represents the Ten Principles of the Burning Man community. Artists working in experimental, emerging, cross-disciplinary, and traditional categories are all encouraged to apply. This program is to help inspire and facilitate new ideas and artists.

WHAT IS AVAILABLE?

  • New Art Grants, Closed!
    • For new, large-scale art projects
    • Up to $1000
  • Microgrants
    • For small scale projects
    • Up to $100
  • Refurb Grants
    • For existing art projects
    • Covers repair, operation and transportation costs
    • Up to $500
  • Performance Grants
    • For performance art pieces
    • Covers props, costumes, and rehearsal space rental
    • Up to $300

WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?

The application process will open on Jan 15th 2017 for new art grants, and vary for other types. Deadlines will vary depending on grant type. Check out below for exact times.

HOW DO I GET PAID?

You will receive a check for the various payments in the mail after you have submitted a W9 form and a signed contract. Checks will be made out to US citizens or registered non-profit groups. Sorry, Canadians – but you’ll need a US citizen to receive your check.

IMPORTANT DATES and MILESTONES

  • New Art Grants: Closed.
    • Opens: Jan 15th, 2017
    • Closes: Feb 28th, 2017
    • Announced: March 15th, 2017
  • Refurb Art Grants
    • Open: April 15th, 2017
    • Closes: when funds run out
  • Micro Grants
    • Open: April 15th, 2017
    • Close: when funds run out
  • Performance Grants
    • Open: May 15th, 2017
    • Close: when funds run out

WHAT DOES IT COVER?

Ignition Northwest art grants ONLY cover materials, operational costs, and transportation for projects. These grants do not cover individual artists’ time.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

You MUST be a member of Ignition Northwest. Luckily, membership is free! Here is the registration form.
Any individual artist, team of artists or established group may apply. For teams of artists, please have a single person submit the application for the group.
At least one member of your team must be a US citizen. This is required for tax purposes.
If you are under 18, you must have a parent or legal guardian sign the contract for you.

WHAT KIND OF ART DO THESE GRANTS 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
  • Any mix of the above

WHAT WILL NOT BE GRANTED?

  • Art that is specifically for your theme camp
  • Your art car that is not a public use vehicle
  • Food and/or beverages (no bacon or booze, sorry).

SELECTION CRITERIA

Projects will be evaluated based on the application’s artistic merit and its practical explanation of construction. We want to be convinced not only that it is a good idea, but also that you will be able to implement it successfully based on the timeline and budget provided. We also evaluate if the funding being offered will be sufficient to finish the project. Project completion should not be solely dependent on Ignition Northwest funds. Personal funding, crowd-sourced funding, or other art grants should also be used.

SELECTION PROCESS

Evaluation of the applications and selection of artists’ projects to receive support will be done by the INW Art Council. This is composed of volunteer artists, and art lovers. Each application will be assigned an individual liaison on the Art Council, who will discuss the application with you and answer questions. Applicants might be asked if they can complete the project for less funding than they originally asked for, so that we may fund as many projects as possible.

MATERIALS TO SUBMIT

All application materials must be submitted by the online form. The grant application is broken into several sections:

-Applicant Information

Tell us about yourself.

-Project Description

Tell us about your project. What is the idea behind it, what kind of art is it, how large is it, will it need special accommodations (electrical/water/fire)? How many people are needed and/or available to set up/tear down, does it have a sound or light component, do you have a leave no trace plan?

-Timeline

Tell us how long it will take you to assemble your project, and tell us what will be completed by when. This is important, because large grants are not awarded all at once, but in installments. These payments are dependent on showing proof of progress leading up to CNW. Please include payment dates and proof of progress requirement dates in your timeline.

-Budget (Project Expenses)

Tell us what your material needs are for making this project. This is where you list a line-item budget of what materials you are using and how much they cost.

-Extra Information

Show us your idea. We strongly encourage you to include concept drawings, pictures of models or prototypes, wiring diagrams, etc. If you are selected, we will use some of these images on the INW site to promote Critical Northwest. People like to know what awesome things will be coming this year!

-Previous Works

Have you created a project similar to this before? Have you received a grant and created a project for CNW or Burning Man in the past? Include a short description and/or pictures if available.

The Nitty Gritty

The more detailed the information about what your project is, what it is made of, what material you will use and what it costs, how long it will take you, and what it will look like completed, the better the application. All applicants will be notified by email with the decisions of the INW Art Council by May 18th.

I WAS AWARDED A GRANT! NOW WHAT?

-New Art Grants

After being awarded a grant, you will be assigned a personal liaison with the Art Council. They will walk you through the contract signing and will stay in communication with you through completion of the project.

Large grant awards will be divided into 3 payments. The first payment will be sent soon after the contract has been reviewed and signed in late May. A proof of progress is required by June 15th in order for the second payment to be made. Proof of progress may include pictures of the work in progress, copies of receipts for materials, or even a visit from an Art Council member. A final report is required after Critical Northwest by August 3rd, at which point the final payment will be made.

-Microgrants

After being awarded a grant you will receive a check within 2 weeks.

-Refurb Grants

After being awarded a grant, you may receive a personal liaison to the Art Council depending on the needs of the project. Successful applicants will receive their check approximately 2 weeks after the grant was awarded.

HOW DO I GET PAID?

Payment will be made by check. The grant recipient will need to fill out and submit a W9 form available here: IRS W9. Every grant recipient (New, Micro, Refurb and Performance) will have to submit a W9.

I DO NOT LIVE IN THE USofA. CAN I STILL GET A GRANT?

If you have access to a US citizen who is willing to fill out the W9 and receive the payment, yes.

DO I GET A FREE TICKET FOR MY ART?

We encourage everyone who can afford a ticket to purchase one. If you are awarded a new art grant for $501 or more, you will be granted 2 tickets. For projects granted for $500 or less, you will be granted 1 ticket. Special discount tiers are available to members of your crew. Ask your Art Committee liaison about this after you are awarded your grant.

I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS…

artgrants@ignitionnw.org