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 help ensure the safety and sustainability of similar venues around the U.S.


Meow Wolf's DIY Fund

The 2018 Meow Wolf DIY Fund will raise awareness and funding for DIY art and music spaces.

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Thank you to our generous Presenting Sponsor The Alsop Family Foundation


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. We are currently working on exact dates for our 2019 Fund to be announced on our website later this year – we anticipate fall 2019 for application to open.

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, we have 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 applicatants, 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 spaces and groups.

The Wheelz performing at 7th Circle Music Collective in Denver, Colorado



Meow Wolf plans to continue the DIY Fund for years to come. One of our goals is to increase 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 request each year, making the DIY Fund a competative process and unique funding mechanism.

The 2019 DIY Fund dates have not been announced. We anticipate the application will launch in fall 2019, with recipients selected and funding awarded in spring 2020. Please stay check back regularly for exact dates and updates.


DIY Fund News

DIY Fund Application

Meow Wolf’s DIY Fund is an annual fund, with a required application to receive funding. 2019 DIY Fund dates are to be announced and we anticipate fall 2019, please check back regularly for updates.

To apply, please be an existing arts or music space that receives less than $50,000 in funding per year. To receive funding, applicants must tell us about their history, have an actual space where creativity occurs with a community of people, and specify their outward community impact. We will consider any type of creative community; visual, music venue, performance, etc. Please note, this fund is geared toward existing spaces, and not projects.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].