art grant

Nowhere Art Grants

Our aims and your guidelines

‘Art takes Nowhere from just being a party in the desert to being an amazing, unique event.’

Art and creativity are core to Nowhere. They are an important aspect of what sets it apart from other events. We would like to thank you for considering bringing art to Nowhere!

One way Nowhere supports creative activity is by offering a limited number of financial grants.

In 2017, Nowhere is offering grants for up to € 4000.

Applications for 2017 Art Grants will open 1 February and close 31 May.

How to Apply

  1. Read this page in full to learn about what type of projects we fund and what you need to do to apply. We will be measuring your application against these and if you haven’t read the guidelines, you might find your application rejected for simple reasons. Think your application through carefully and make sure you meet all the criteria.
  2. Send a short Letter of Intent to (optional but recommended, especially if you are requesting a large grant).
  3. Prepare your full application with the criteria here to guide you.
  4. Fill out the registration form to apply. You can submit extra supporting materials (drawings, photos, videos, etc.) via email to (optional).

Application Timeline

All artists can submit an application as early as 1 February, and until 31 May. You can request any amount of money you need, up to € 4000. We appreciate people who try to keep their costs as low as possible and who make the most of our funding, so please be reasonable.

We stress the importance of submitting as early as possible to increase your chances of getting fully funded. Projects who submit first have a better chance of being fully funded than those who submit at the last minute, since our funds inevitably tend to run out as we approach the end of May.

If you have a big idea but don’t have enough details yet, please submit a letter of intent, so we can reserve some funds for you until you submit your full proposal. Remember: in the letter of intent you must tell us at which date you will send in your full proposal.

Applications received after the 31st of May will be discarded.

As you prepare your application, remember:

  • Please only apply for the amount you need. This will allow us to fund as many projects as possible.
  • We do not pay for artists’ time, labour, entrance tickets, or personal travel expenses. The grant is intended to pay for materials and material transportation costs.
  • As well as big ideas, we are also interested in small, intimate projects, which is why we offer smaller grants.
  • We give priority to art that is interactive and participatory.
  • Leave no trace is an integral part of Nowhere. Make sure you consider this when planning your project. Leave enough time to make sure your project site is completely clean and take all rubbish and materials* with you. If you would like to donate some of your materials so that they are available to artists next year, please notify us.


After you apply

We know you’re eager to learn the results of your application, but remember that we are a team of volunteers and need some time to review applications after each submission deadline. We will try our best to respond within three weeks after we receive your submission.

If you are awarded a grant, here are a few things to keep in mind (after you celebrate):

  • Start fundraising: Nowhere Art Grants only pay up to 70% of the total cost of your art project, and we do not fund artists’ time, labour, entrance tickets, or personal travel expenses. You will need to find additional funds to pay for the remaining costs. (We have put together a page with tips for crowdfunding campaigns for this purpose.)
  • Save your receipts: We only pay grants after the event, after you have submitted valid receipts. You are responsible for submitting your receipts to us by 15 October 2017.
  • The final payment of the grant may not be the same amount as what we offer initially:
    • If your project expenses are lower than you projected in the estimated budget that you submitted, Nowhere will only reimburse you for 70% of the actual costs of your project (not the full grant amount).
    • If your project expenses are higher than you projected, Nowhere can only reimburse you the original grant award amount. (Unfortunately we can’t make extra funds magically appear, otherwise we would!)



Our aims – What we fund and what we don’t fund

We fund:

It is our aim to support diverse, eclectic and inspiring art projects. We strive to have a balance of physical, performance and static art. We encourage both experienced and less experienced artists to apply.

We are particularly keen to fund:

  • both large- and small-scale projects
  • a wide range of projects (in terms of media and impact), from a wide range of people, all delivered effectively
  • projects that respond well to the particular and unique environment of the event
  • art that is designed with an eye to sustainability
  • art that raises awareness about social/environmental/cultural issues
  • participatory projects

Participatory art requires human interaction to complete a piece. It prompts people to interact with one another, it responds to participants and/or the environment, it causes people to reflect on the larger community, and/or it belongs to the public and exists for the benefit of all.

Participatory projects might include:

  • projects that engage with or cross the language barrier
  • projects that work strongly with themes of group identity
  • performances
  • projects that bring disparate groups of people together
  • projects that facilitate other people making art
  • projects that are inspirational and that go beyond decoration or being ‘just’ spectacular

We don’t fund…

  • projects that don’t benefit the community.
  • the same project twice, or additions to a project we’ve already funded. However, if you are planning to make substantial changes to a project we have funded in the past, you may be eligible.
  • projects that are part of a barrio/theme camp
  • venues or spaces that could be considered a camp. Any participant must be able to come across an art project and see it as an independent piece of art, rather than mistake it for a communal structure or a theme camp (generally defined by having DJs/music at night).


Related Information

Art Registration & Grant Application Form

Crowdfunding Fundraising Tips

Leave No Trace