In 2016, in the wake of the tragic fire at Oakland’s DIY arts and music space, Ghost Ship, Meow Wolf established an annual DIY Fund to assist and help to ensure the safety and sustainability of similar venues around the world.


About the Meow Wolf DIY Fund

Our DIY Fund is an annual fund with an open call for applications each year. An application is required to receive funding.

Currently, we are anticipating opening our 2019 application on Tuesday, September 3rd and closing Monday, September 30th at midnight with funding presented in spring 2020. Thank you for checking back.

Meow Wolf has been a DIY arts and music community since 2008. We know how difficult it is to operate an alternative venue that builds authentic creative community. We know the pressures to homogenize and be absorbed into disconnected, cookie-cutter ways of living and existing. We stand in solidarity with DIY communities and recognize that they are a critical component to a healthy society – our DIY Fund will continue to support art communities for years to come.

Through the DIY Fund, small community art spaces receive grant money to pay for everything from infrastructure improvements to rent. In total, Meow Wolf has awarded more than $375,000 to nearly 250 DIY spaces across the country.

DIY Fund Impact

Many of the organizations we support do not receive outside grants or funding, so our DIY Fund is a one of a kind support mechanism. For the majority of our decade-long history, Meow Wolf lived on the fringes of Santa Fe in a series of small DIY venues. Now, we’re paying it forward through our DIY Fund annual program.

In our two years of operating the DIY Fund, we have received over 500 applications and inquiries for funding. Selected among these hundreds of applicants, Meow Wolf has helped nearly 250 small-scale arts and music organizations in 33 different states with rent, infrastructure, safety improvements, materials, programming, and equipment.

We believe it is critical to continue cultivating relationships with and financially support these unique creative spaces.


Meow Wolf plans to continue the DIY Fund for years to come. Our goals include increasing the number of applicants and amount of funding that is awarded each year, while increasing awareness for the value of DIY art and music spaces in our communitites. We receive hundreds of requests each year, making the DIY Fund a competitive process and unique funding mechanism.

Currently, we are anticipating opening our 2019 application on Tuesday, September 3rd and closing Monday, September 30th at midnight with funding awarded in spring 2020. Please check back regularly for the application posted below, as well as other important updates.


DIY Fund News

Meow Wolf's DIY Fund Application 2019

Thank you so much for checking out Meow Wolf’s 2019 DIY Fund! We receive thousands of requests for support annually from spaces across the U.S making this a competitive application process. Our DIY Fund is a one of a kind funding mechanism for small scale art and music spaces, and in 2018 we received over 300 applications. We suggest being as specific as possible with your request, and reviewing the entire application instructions before inserting your answers or submitting.

As a reminder, here are a few things that we’re looking for in each application:

  1. Established – You are an established space already supporting your creative community
  2. Involvement – we want to learn more about you, the founders of the group, and the folks who are currently involved
  3. Creative Community Impact – tell us about how you support creatives with your space
  4. Specific – provide as much detail as you can on how you would use the funding, including budgets if available
  5. Read the whole application and instructions – you’d be surprised how many folks don’t read the instructions or answer the questions!

We anticipate awarding funding in the Spring of 2020 – we’ll be in touch via email to give you updates on the process as we have more details, please remember to be patient. Unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity to respond to emergency requests through our funding, so please keep that in mind when applying.

Lastly, don’t forget to get your application in before our September 30th deadline as late applications will not be reviewed.

If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected]. Good luck!

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