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Bike Art Grants for Burning Man

Grant and Residency Programs at Burning Man For Artists, Humanitarians, and Makers

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We provide grants and short term residencies to artists for Burning Man art projects that can create impact with the hundreds of damaged/irreparable littered bicycles Art Bike Relief collects at the end of every Burning Man. Check out the requirements and criteria below to find out if you are eligible to receive one of our art grants.


We provide grants for humanitarians who want to make an impact abroad and at Burning Man. These grants are intended for people who want to join us on the playa and travel with us to impoverished disaster zones. They are for people who want to make a difference and help people with cleanup, construction, agriculture, teaching, business incubation, and economic empowerment programs.


We love makers and we want to prove it by providing grants to makers interested in making stuff at Burning Man and/or in disaster zones. We support makers who want to use their engineering and fabrications skills to make or teach things that either inspire, make a humanitarian impact or test the bounds of what is possible.

Art Bike Grants....How It works

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1. Check Out The Requirements Below

2. Submit A Letter of Interest Below

3. Submit A Full Proposal Upon Request


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The award provides direct support to art, maker, and bicycle projects.


To apply, a $25 application fee is required. Fees are applied to grant administration and program development. To begin all applicants must email us the following information. After receiving your information we will send you a link to pay your application fee.

(Note: Applicants from the UN's list of Least Developed Countries are not required to pay the application fee.)

  • Artist resume
  • Artist statement (up to 200 words)
  • Work samples (up to 10)
  • Project Summary (600 words)


The deadline to submit an online application for the 2019 grant is April, 15th 2019, however decisions are made on a rolling basis, so get your application in today.


Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, functionality, creative design, usefulness in disaster zones, creative use of bicycles, and sustainability. Art projects, humanitarian projects, and/or innovation in sustainable development are funded.

Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors, following review of applications by independent professional ADVISERS. Awards are made of up to $3,000.  The number of awards is determined each year by the annual granting budget. Grants are made to support the development of artists’ work and a grantee may use their award to support any activity toward that purpose.

A report detailing how funds were used is due within 10-months of receiving funds.


Grant decisions are rolling and made no later than May 1st.


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