Community Action Grants

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What is the Burnt Oranges Community Action Grant Program?

This program engages grassroots programs being run and funded in our communities by community members.  Microgrants will help fund community projects that engage residents, produce direct action, create collaborations between different groups, utilize several of the 10 Burning Man Principles, and creatively tackle problems.

We are looking to fund programs that have a clear civic and service-oriented goal, and are direct in their ability to work with and create positive change for the greater Burnt Oranges community throughout Florida. Microgrants can be used for sustainable projects such as a neighborhood garden project, purchasing extra supplies for a children’s art program, helping fund a community library, or your unique idea!

The Microgrant Salon serves a variety of purposes in a single event:

  • sharing the decision process
  • theater and immersion
  • a chance to make a difference
  • a means of participatory democracy
  • a setting for dynamic conversation and debate
  • networking and the development of a shared vision
  • a frame of reference for communities to connect and bond

How does the Salon work?

The Salon is a semi annual event occurring in the spring and fall.  Prospective grantees submit proposals to us prior to the Salon, and submissions are reviewed by the Selection Committee.  Those projects that proceed will be given a link to register their project budget spreadsheet for materials and what the money will be used for. The selection committee will review budget proposals and redline any items that fall outside of the scope of what can - and cannot be funded.

Participants will be given 5-minute window to present their project at the Salon, and given opportunities to answer questions that the Salon attendees have. A representative must be available to present at the Salon in order to be eligible for the grant. For the Fall 2017 grants, the Salon will be held at AfterBurn: Restoration.

After hearing the four presentations, attendees will vote for the projects they believe deserve to be awarded a microgrant of up to $599.  After the votes are tallied the grant recipients are announced. Projects may receive full, partial, or no funding depending on the decision of the Salon group. All decisions are final. Projects that receive no funding are encouraged to rethink their approach and apply for the next Salon.

Who is eligible to apply?

Projects must be based in Florida.  Neighborhood groups, organizations, and grassroots projects located in Florida may apply.  This includes — but is not limited to — community clubs, art groups, service organizations, citizen parks and recreational organizations, nonprofits, and individuals.

What items are eligible for funding?

  • Promotional materials, posters, signage, printing and expenses
  • Technology Peripherals <$100
  • Computers and Tablets if donated to community post-project
  • Consumable Supplies (Food, Beverage, Serving Supplies, Earplugs, Personal Hygiene Items)
  • Facility Rental
  • Fuel for generators
  • Items created for sale if sales benefit community
  • Building or Art Materials for New or Refurbished Art/Projects
  • Materials for creating Props or Costumes
  • Packing Materials
  • Performance Art Funding
  • Permits and Licenses
  • Tools (if donated to community)
  • Tool and Equipment Rental
  • Shipping Costs (LTL, Truck Rental, or Rail Freight)
  • Social Aid / Relief Efforts
  • Software

What items are not eligible for funding?

  • Infrastructure (Tents, Shade Structures, Kitchen Equipment, Furniture)
  • Commercially-based projects (done under a business, LLC, or "branded" environment)
  • Compensation for Artists/Builders/Project Teams
  • Entrepreneurial Endeavors
  • Fees or wages paid to licensed contractors
  • Insurance for transport and Exhibition
  • Items deemed unsafe (no fire poofers, cannons, or dangerous projects)
  • Memberships
  • Money to rent or purchase artwork
  • Political campaigns or activities
  • Tools & Equipment for Personal use
  • Travel Costs, Lodging, Gas for personal vehicles, per diems, or personal meals
  • Tuition
  • Wages, Stipends, or money paid to individuals
  • Websites, hosting or domain registrations (if you need hosting for your project contact us it can live on this web site!)

How much can you ask for?

An applicant may request up to $599.  Grants may be less than $599, depending on the funding available for each grant cycle. Future grant funding may increase depending on the success of the program.

What types of proposals will most likely not get funded by this program?

If your project has a budget of tens of thousands of dollars, and/or you have significant corporate sponsorship, our grant is unlikely to make a significant difference to your project and it will not likely be selected.

Further, if you do not submit a project budget which is specific and clear on how our grant will be utilized, it is unlikely to be funded.

If your project’s main purpose is art for art’s sake (whether it be visual or performance art), and it does not directly provide assistance for people or contribute to change in the community, it will likely not be chosen.  Check out the Art Grant portion on this website!

If your project primarily impacts people living in another state or country, it will likely not get selected.  This program is for Florida-based projects.

How does this develop community and collaboration?

All projects will carry the expectation that volunteerism from the larger community will be encouraged and accepted.

What follow-up will be expected by grant recipients?

All participants will be expected to submit reports on what they have done and learned in the course of their projects.  These reports will be in addition to a full accounting for the microgrant and will be posted to the website. A short five minute summary of project at the next salon will be requested.

Will small amounts of money really make a difference?

In many cases, the money involved will not seem small to the project participants.  In fact, the projects most likely to be funded are the ones for which a microgrant will make a significant impact.  In addition to the direct impact of the money, we will be encouraging people to bring their ideas forward, share their talents and momentum with others, and more faithfully connect their work with the 10 Principles of Burning Man.

How does this differ from art grants?

While art may be involved in the projects, the primary goals and activities of the projects granted money through this program will be organized around community service, rather than creation of an art piece.  Further, everyone present at the Salon collectively decides which project will be awarded the grant, rather than a specialized jury process, as is the case for most art grants.

My proposal wasn’t selected last time.  Can I submit again?

Yes!  Projects who have received a grant through this program must wait a full year to resubmit.  Anyone else is welcome to submit again as many times as they would like.

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