At Modifyre, we believe that art can be a powerful means of challenging and transforming the culture it reflects. The art grants programme is designed to support artists, theme camps, and performers in creating work that draws this out in some way.

We aim to fund proposals that transform participants into active contributors in the creative and deliberative processes – generating roles, provoking actions, and prompting society to convene around itself. This type of work blurs the distinction between user and maker, manufacturer and consumer, integrating art with its context and encouraging us to understand society as the primary agent of its own transformation.

We particularly like work that:

  • Prioritizes broad participation in its development, execution and presentation, and is highly interactive and community-focused.
  • Is accessible to the public and civic in scope.
  • Is experienced in more ways than just visually – that is, touched, inhabited, heard, or experienced in some intangible way
  • Requires some intervention or engagement from its audience.


  • New work created for Modifyre
  • Interactive / participatory art, theme camps and performances
  • Up to 50% of the project’s total cost
  • Materials, access to equipment
  • Transport hire (trailer / truck)


  • Work that already exists
  • Artists’ fees or personal transport
  • DJs / musical acts
  • Non-interactive 2D / visual / graphic art
  • Equipment purchase (handtools, etc)

For more about how we allocate grants, check out our Grant Criteria.

How much CAN I apply for?

We typically will not fund the entire cost of a project. We endeavour to support as many artists and theme camps as possible, and giving lots of people a few dollars, instead of a few people lots of dollars, is the best way to do this.

We will consider grant proposals for up to 50% of the total cost, up to a maximum of $250. You must indicate in your proposal how you plan to raise the remainder of the project cost.

Why so little?

Modifyre is still very much in its infancy, and our finances reflect this. The total allowable budget for grants in 2017 is less than $3000.