Art Fundraiser FAQ
The Euphoria Art Fundraiser is about more than simply providing money to artists for projects. One purpose of the event is to place the privilege and responsibility of allocating community funds in the hands of the community. Funding is not decided by a committee of select individuals. Instead, any Participant can help decide which project every dollar they spend is allocated to.
- What does it represent?
- What does it look like?
- How big is it?
- What colors will you use?
- What special effects might it have?
- How will people interact with it?
- What can people learn from it?
Then, once you’ve got your idea thoroughly sketched out, you begin making a budget.
- Final date to submit applications: March 24th
- Online Fundraiser: March 25th until April 1st
- Fund distribution: On or around April 7th
Not sure how to get started? You can view this example budget we’ve created called Project Burn the Bunny. A giant paper mache bunny that gets lit on fire during the burn as a mini-effigy. This budget is VERY basic but should provide a good starting point if you don’t really know how to get started.
Of that $1,000 collected at the event, say that each project collected this much:
Project A: $500 = 50% of the total $1,000 collected.
Project B: $200 = 20% of the total $1,000 collected.
Project C: $300 = 30% of the total $1,000 collected.
This means that Project A gets the $500 it collected at the event PLUS 50% of the Fund Boosting pool, which would be $5,000 for a total of $5,500. Project B would get $200 + 20% of the Fund Boosting pool, $2,000, for a total of $2,200. Project C would get $300 + $3,000 = $3,300. If a project is eligible to receive more than its maximum budget, that overage is put back into the Fund Boosting pool.
For the Minimum Budget, think “most basic needs.” How much money do you need to pay for the most basic and fundamental needs for your vision to be realized?
Going back to the Burn the Bunny example project...
As it’s a paper mache’ project, having newspaper and flour are essential to the project. Without those things, it can’t be paper mache. However, the multicolored sequins, while pretty, may not be necessary for the vision of “paper mache Bunny that’s going to burn” to be realized.
The following items will not be funded by Flashpoint Artists Initiative through the Alchemy Art Fundraiser or Cross Pollination Grants in any way. No exceptions.
- Tickets to the event.
- Projects in which little to no creation is involved.
- Projects without a significant outward-facing component or projects that only allow a small portion of the community to experience them
- Anything that violates local, state, or federal law. Projects that violate the laws of physics must be approved by the Safety Lead.
- Anything deemed by the Alchemy Art Fundraiser Team to be unreasonably dangerous or reckless.
The following items may appear in your budget, but with some restrictions:
- Gas money*
- Rent/studio space*
- Other transportation*
*These may be included IF AND ONLY IF they are directly related to your project and ONLY your project. For example, if you have to rent a truck that you would otherwise not need to rent in order to get your project to the burn, then you may include gas and transportation in the budget: If you’re taking the vehicle that you would normally be taking and aren’t incurring any additional expense due to bringing your project, then you may not include transportation costs.
The same goes for rent/studio space. If you had to rent space solely for the construction of your project, then you may include that in your budget. If you already had a space and didn’t rent one out for the explicit purpose of constructing your art fundraiser project, then you may not include it in your budget.
The art fundraiser team reserves the right to reject items in your budget that are not listed in the restrictions above. With that said, we will discuss this with you beforehand and make every reasonable effort to negotiate an amicable solution. We want to do everything we can to make your vision a reality!
No, there isn’t. However, with that said, be mindful of the importance of a balance with your budget size and the likelihood of meeting your goal. While projects funded by the ballot process will be capped at a maximum award of $650 (in order to allow the maximum number of art projects to be funded), individual donations are not limited in any way.
If we feel that you are asking for too much money, then we will do what we can to work with you to bring it down. Unfortunately, we can’t nail down exactly what would constitute “too much money” until we have a complete picture of what people are requesting.