BHM FEAST (Funding Emerging Art with Sustainable Tactics) is a public micro-granting supper during which diners vote to democratically fund projects that use design as a transformative tool to better our community. The grant amount to be awarded at the 2015 dinner is $2,500 plus the proceeds from ticket and bar sales at the event (estimated to be an additional $2,000). Unlike conventional grant programs, Bham FEAST brings people together for conversation centered on design and innovation. This will be Birmingham’s second FEAST, in conjunction with Design Week Birmingham.
The 2015 BHM FEAST design challenge is: How might we expand learning opportunities for school-age children in our community? Proposals may focus on teacher preparation, after-school programs, improved learning environments, literacy, STEM programming, or anything else that can expand a child’s learning experience inside or outside of the classroom. Educators and non-educators, designers and non-designers, adults and students are all encouraged to submit thoughtful proposals. Do you have an idea? Apply now!
As with any grant, the main criterion is quality. No matter the medium, mode or method, if your proposal is compelling, thought provoking, and clearly communicated to the voter, you have a good chance of winning. Do you have other questions about BHM FEAST? Check out the FAQ. If you don’t see an answer to your question there, drop us a line.
We had a total of 33 entries in 2014 with 5 finalists presenting at the FEAST. Bici Coop was the grant winner from the 2014 FEAST challenge. Their concept was a Mobile Bike Shop & Bike Maintenance Learning Station.
“At Bici, we work towards a goal of making Birmingham a more bike friendly place through our bike shop, and through support of various community programs, such as free bike repairs at Project Homeless Connect, a bike stand at the East Lake Farmer’s Market, and our ABC Quick Check programs for Birmingham school children, just to name a few.
We would like to purchase, renovate and redesign a pull-behind contractor trailer to serve as a mobile bike shop and bike-maintenance learning station. This would enable us to expand on our program offerings by giving us a purposefully designed space to transport a full range of tools, bicycle stands, and bikes too.”