Employee Art Grant

The Big Cartel Employee Art Grant provides a way for all Big Cartel employees to broaden their artistic horizons and pursue personal projects that are burning a fire in their belly. Whether it’s one big project or a few smaller ones, this money serves as an investment in your creativity, and we hope you’ll take advantage of it.

The process is simple:

  1. You tell us your idea
  2. We fund it, up to $2,000 per year
  3. You bring it to life

Current projects:

  • The Family Owner’s Manual

    Chris creates a web comic about the challenges of family life.

  • Hot from the Oven

    Lee builds a wood-fired oven to feed his pizza addiction.

  • 8-bit Was Better

    Blake learns how to create music on the original Gameboy and NES.

  • Aquaponics!

    Kelley builds an automated aquaponic garden and monitoring system.

  • Danimation Studios

    Dan creates and illustrates a uniquely "Dan" children’s book.

  • The Trees

    Tyler creates a pocket guide to help people identify trees.

  • Home Studio

    Nate builds a home recording studio to write and record his own music.

  • This is for you.

    Vanessa leaves notes for strangers and encourages them to respond.

  • Neat Co.

    Carl learns to craft beautiful leather goods by hand.

  • Karen Sews

    Karen teaches herself to sew through completing various projects.

  • The Lost Detective

    Andy embarks on another journey in filmmaking.

  • Chris Builds Stuff

    Chris tries his hand at woodworking and building furniture.

  • Nick's Wood Shop

    Nick teaches himself the ins and outs of woodworking.

Completed projects:

  • A Sweater from Titan

    Karen makes a sweater, from alpaca to finished product.

  • Axe Building

    Josh is a man on a mission to build his very own guitar.

  • Lil Factory

    Karen snubs the big, grey factories and makes her own living essentials.

  • Spinster Farm

    Rachel sets off on a musical learning / writing / recording adventure.

Apply with the following:

  • Idea

    What’s your project idea? What interests you about it? What do you hope to get out of it? Include any references and visual aids.

  • Plan

    How do you propose to tackle your project? Does it need to be broken into chunks? What obstacles might you need to overcome?

  • Timeline

    When would you like to begin your project? When do you expect to finish? What potential delays might there be?

  • Budget

    What’s it gonna take to get things done? How will the money be used?

  • Share

    We all love seeing the creative process and learning from each other’s experiences. How will you document your project to share with others?

* you must be a Big Cartel employee, sorry.