Creative Grants provide financial assistance towards enabling creative projects in Tankwa Town. They’re intended to support projects by alleviating some of the financial burden, but all applicants should expect to carry some responsibility for funding their project themselves.
Be aware that our Grant fund policy is to cover material, lighting and transport costs only. Creative grants will NOT cover labour or a performance fee. Personal expenses are not covered by the Creative Grants (e.g. the cost of your ticket, and getting yourself to Tankwa Town, your food, etc.), but all hard costs associated specifically with the project will be considered (e.g. the extra transport costs associated with bringing your project to Tankwa Town).
AfrikaBurn is a non-profit organisation and relies solely on ticket sales to fund Creative Grants. Every year we get many grant applications requesting funding totalling many times the value of the AfrikaBurn creative grant pot. This means that many projects won’t get funding.
There are many other ways to garner support for your project. Ask for donations or discounts, hold fundraisers, raffles, get sponsored for doing something silly, form a collective and get everyone to chip in. The more people involved, the more connections you can explore, the more hands there are to help and the more fun it is to gather and create. Be resourceful – recycle, up-cycle, use scrap and waste material. It’s AfrikaBurn – be inventive!
We also ask you not to apply for a grant unless you really need financial support and your project is unlikely to happen without it.
If you’re successful, a percentage of the Grant will be provided upfront, and the balance paid out after the event, provided that the artwork was successfully installed, no trace of it remains on site, and receipts have been submitted.
Please read the full Creative Grant Policy if you’re planning to apply for a Grant. [https://www.afrikaburn.com/the-event/artworks/creative-grants/creative-grant-policy]
Who Decides and How?
The Creative Grants assessment process is a very considered and participatory one, which the AfrikaBurn Art Committee puts all efforts in conducting it in a fair and transparent way. Anybody can apply, you don’t need to be a “good-ol’ burner” to apply for a Grant. Applications are assessed anonymously, based on the merit of the proposal, and according to a set of predefined criteria.
The identity of the applicants only comes to play at an advanced stage of the assessment. An history of red MOOP Map score, under-delivery, unfulfilled contractual clauses, etc., will affect the outcome of the application.