Mini-Grant Info

The BEEN Rising Grant is a mini-grant for anyone who identifies as a BIPOC artist.

Each grantee will receive up to $200 for their project. The goal isn’t to (necessarily) fund an entire project but rather help with what could be an expensive single cost or significant barrier to entry to a creative endeavor.

  • For example:
    - a microphone for a podcast;
    - an Adobe subscription;
    - funds toward a camera,
    - or new materials (paint, tools, and so on)

The application will be open from January 25th, 2019 to February 25th, 2019. Grantees will be contacted individually and then announced on social media.

Grants will be awarded to folks who:

  1. Propose a clear project proposal with a clear use of the grant

  2. Strive to disrupt and inspire through their art

  3. Show need for the grant.

Logistics:

  • For this first round, there will be 3 total grantees.

  • Applicants will be notified by March 25th, 2019.

  • Candidates will be contacted for a small phone interview some time in March.

Brief Criteria:

  • Emerging artist

  • Clear project proposal and need

  • BIPOC

  • Previous work shows potential to complete the proposed project in application

  • Project aligns with goals related to environmental or social justice

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Michael at hi@brownenvironmentalist.org. I’ll do my best to answer as promptly as possible.


Inspiration:

The inspiration for the grant came from three places.

The first, from the idea that we all have the opportunity to give back, no matter how small, and help the next generation rise. From my time as an educator, I know the impact that intentional investing can have on an emerging student or creative. Secondly, as an artist myself, I know that equipment can be one of the biggest barriers to starting a project. While I thought that I’d be more “established” and well taken care of myself before starting something like this (would be dope but not at all close, ha the struggle is real), I believe too much in this work to let that hold this grant/work back. I deeply believe in this small grant and its potential to make a big difference. 

The grant is an intentional way to 1. Invest in community growth and 2. Make sure that we continue to be the storytellers of our stories and legends. For the sake of that point, we need to be investing in our storytellers from the beginning and throughout their career. Creating independent media is a constant struggle; We need to invest in emerging BIPOC artists for our stories to be told properly, accurately, and FIERCELY with pride. 

The final inspiration came when I met someone doing it in IRL. Last September, I met Christine @christineliuart from @twophoton art, who was also a presenter at the conference we were at. I learned that through her platform and artwork, she also has a micro-grant program; the two artist-scientists of @twophoton give grants to folks using funds they raise through the art they create. 
I was inspired and it pushed me to make the grant happen. 

Thank you to all who are sharing and participating.

Transparency note:

Brown Environmentalist is not a non-profit. Rather it’s an independent project and platform, like many activist movements that have been created online. For all intents and purposes, this mini-grant is a grassroots endeavor: one platform trying to make a difference. I’m trusting in the community and applicants to submit honest requests and to treat the process with integrity. Funds are coming from individual donations that were donated directly for this project (which originally began as a raffle), and from noyekim/Michael (BEEN founder), as well.


Find the application form at the link below.


BEEN is a concept project of noyekim x Brown Environmentalist.