This year we are again asking for proposals for general art, Effigy and Temple. Each category will be judged separately and funded individually. The application process uses 3 different forms, so please double check your submission.

Please keep in mind the following Guidelines:

Materials Not To Be Burned

Avoid incorporating plastics and synthetics into your artwork. The burning of any toxic materials in your artwork is prohibited. Items that contain such toxic materials may include furniture, rugs, and many other objects typically used to decorate artworks.  All such items must be removed from your artwork before it is burned. 
Avoid using latex or fire resistant paint.
Consider any coatings that have been applied to your wood.   Pallets are often treated with methyl bromide rendering them toxic. Pressure treated wood is illegal to burn in all 50 states.
Prevent Airborne Embers
Over the years we have found a short list of materials that when burned create excessive embers and floating burning materials.  We do not want to light camps nor the forest on fire!

Materials not to be burned due to embers include:

  • Fabric
  • Cardboard
  • Large sections of papier-mâché
  • Thin wood laminates
  • Plywood less than 5/8th inches thick
  • OSB, chipboard, and particle-board

Engineered and Glue Laminated Structural Elements While Engineered and Glue Laminated Structural wood has excellent strength and may be useful in larger structures, it is also designed to be fire-resistant. Through experience, we have found that these type of beams can often end up mostly unburned and can remain upright long after the rest of the materials have burned. The result can be the need to hold the perimeter for the time that it takes for the remaining unburned sections to be made safe.

Nails, Screws and Other Fasteners

You can use nails, screws, or other steel fasteners in the construction of your artwork. You are required to clean them from the burn site. If you plan to burn your art, we require at least one person from your team to help with the Burn Scar Cleanup at 10am Monday. 

General Grants- Deadline March 15th 8pm EST. 

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Scorched Nuts Art Grants are intended to encourage people to produce art projects for the Burn. For general art grant purposes, this year we are going to continue last year’s policy and define art as a freestanding, interactive art installation which can be burned or not burned.This is the signature Burning Man artwork, and we want to encourage more of you to construct and bring one. If you are uncertain whether your project would qualify, please email artgrants@scorchednuts.com and we’ll discuss it.

Since we are still growing, the funds for grants will be limited. All funds for Art Grants are collected through ticket sales, donations and fundraisers. Please consider making a donation to help our artistic community!

Based on our current financial projections, it appears that we will have about $3000 available and a grant might typically be around $200, so grants will not cover the entire budget for a lot of projects. The amount of each individual grant may depend on how many qualifying projects apply.

Effigy Grant- Deadline March 1 8pm EST

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The budget is $1000 for materials plus $250 for transport if needed. We are willing to support a kickstarter or other funding options. Please plan to have your own build team, tools and transportation in your proposal.

Temple Grant- Deadline March 1 8pm EST

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The temple should be a place of meditation and we are seeking proposals that appeals to the spiritual side of burning. The budget for this project is $700 plus $250 for transport. We are willing to support a kickstarter or other funding option.


We want to keep the application process as simple as possible. Hopefully the process outlined below will provide enough information to allow us to evaluate applications fairly, without making the application process so difficult that it discourages people. We anticipate that we will contact applicants during the judging process if we need further information.

Applications should be submitted by email to artgrants@scorchednuts.com and must use the appropriate form.

Effigy and Temple awards will be announced on March 7th.  General Grant awards will be announced by April 1st.

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