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Winners Announced: Rocky Mountain Burning Arts Summit Civic Ignition Grant

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Congratulations to our 2018 Rocky Mountain Burning Arts Summit Civic Ignition Grant Winners!  We received 10 submissions and had about 15 participants join us to judge the cycle at our meet up and workshop.  It was a great conversation and the workshop took about 60 minutes to complete.  Congratulations to the winner:

Made in the Shade (Utah):
BWB Utah is collaborating with Wasatch Community Garden’s Green Team for this project. Started in 2016, the Green Team Farm Project is a farm-based job training program that aims to simultaneously revitalize an underutilized urban area while providing opportunities for women who are facing homelessness. During the 10-month program, participants learn basic organic gardening techniques, intensive vegetable production strategies, small farm management expertise, and other job skills. They have two shipping containers that are used for work space and we would like to build a 40′ x 24′ deck covering the space between. This would provide shade, rain cover and more work space. Last year we had a BWB project at this same gardens and we were able to collectively provide 180 hours of volunteer work. We are planning on getting even more people out for this project. We would like to have a team building the deck while others are mixing soil, planting, assisting with the hydroponics system and any other way help is needed. We plan on having the deck built in an eight hour day. Our project date is May 19, 2018.

What is the Rocky Mountain Burning Summit Civic Ignition Grant?
A program aimed at funding innovative community & civic projects within the Rocky Mountain region. This $1,500 grant opportunity is sponsored by Burners Without Border.

We are interested in programs that create collaborations, produce direct actions, utilize several of the 10 Burning Man Principles, are reproducible, and creatively tackle local social problems. This grant gives anyone the opportunity to submit a collaborative, creative, and principle-focused project with a chance to win up to a $,1,500 grant.

– Grant Opportunity is announced on February 26th. 
– Deadline for grant submissions is March 25th (Midnight CST)
– Workshop Partiucipants will review the grant proposals at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Burning Summit (March 31st)
– Winner(s) will be announced during the Rocky Mountain Burning Summit.

Apply here:  http://bit.ly/2FNjAt1

What’s special about the Rocky Mountain Burning Summit Civic Ignition Grant?
Submissions to the 2018 Rocky Mountain Burning Summit Civic Ignition grant cycle will be workshopped and judged by a group of participants and community leaders that attend this year’s Rocky Mountain Burning Summit. This group will be using the submissions as material to review and workshop while learning how to administer their own civic grant programs.

Who is eligible to apply?
Individuals, Groups, and Not-for-Profits are all eligible to apply. We encourage projects be endorsed by a local Burning Man Regional Contact. And, you do not already need to be part of the Burning Man community to apply–we find that many projects are already aligned with our ethos. You may be a Burner and don’t even know it!

We recognize not all regions have local Regional Contacts, if this applies to you consider contacting a neighboring RC.

How much can you ask for?
The maximum grant that maybe awarded is $1,500. We encourage your project’s viability to not be solely dependent on this grant. Think about other sources of funding that might be available. Grants awarded could be less than the full amount.

What types of proposals will likely not get funded by this program?
Programs that are solely based on artistic endeavors and do not have a community or civic aspect will most likely not be considered for funding. Funds should not be used for direct fundraising, chapter promotion efforts, or for paying people for their work.

What follow-up will be expected by grant recipients?
All recipients will be expected to submit written reports on what they have accomplished and learned in the course of their projects, along with accompanying visual media. This media will be hosted on the Burners Without Borders website.

Who won the Rocky Mountain Civic Initiation Grant in 2017?
This will be our first time producing the Rocky Mountain Burning Summit Civic Ignition grant. But you can check out past winners of the Civic Ignition or Walk the Talk grants:
2017 ELS Civic Ignition Grant winners
2016 ELS Civic Ignition Grant winners

If I have questions, who should I contact?

Do I have to go to the Rocky Mountain Burning summit to qualify?
No! We want this grant to be accessible to all in the Rocky Mountain area. In fact, we make sure everyone judging the projects does not have a conflict of interest to ensure the grant awarded is fair.

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