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LARP Endowment

LARP Endowment is a private fund created to promote LARP, and LARP related media.  The goal is to reduce the bar for GMs to run LARPs (even by just a little), to promote the creation of new LARPs that can be run multiple times, and to encourage the growth of LARP communities in Colleges and Universities.

LAPR Enddowment Logo TransparentThere are three programs to help you (respectively):

  1. Get Money to Run a LARP
  2. Get Money to Write a LARP
  3. Get into Intercon for Free
  4. Get help starting up a LARP event

Please note that LARP Endowment is in alpha stage, and that all rules are subject to change at any time (but I promise I will be fair with you).  Please watch this space.

Here are the details:

1. Get Money to Run a LARP

LARP endowment sponsors LARP events to help build or consolidate LARP communities.   Need, use of funds, and community value are all factors in how funds are distributed.   Money is offered based on the number of players involved:

  • 12-23 players: $25
  • 24+ players:     $50

LARP organizers are required to mention that the LARP is sponsored by LARP Endowment both at the LARP and in any announcement materials.  Additionally, the run will be listed on LARP Endowment’s Sponsored Run page.

To apply for sponsorship email larpooc@gmail.com with the following info:

  • Your name
  • LARP Title
  • Description
  • Number of Players
  • Duration
  • Location and Time of Run
  • Rationale for use of funds
  • Statement of Community Benefit

Only a limited number of sponsorships are available.  You can enquire about availability by emailing larpooc@gmail.com

2. Get Money to Write a LARP

Need props for your new game?  Or maybe pizza for late night writing sessions?  There are several competitions for small games (Iron GM, Golden Cobra).  LARP Endowment would like to focus on larger or longer games:

  • 30 player 4 hour games: $250
  • 24 player 8+ hour games:  $250

Sponsored games should be published in a state where other game runners can re-rerun them. Publishing on Larp Library is recommended, but not mandated.  The published materials must state that they are sponsored by LARP Endowment, and will be listed (and materials linked to) on the project website.

To apply for sponsorship email larpooc@gmail.com with the following info:

  • Authors’ names
  • LARP Title
  • Description
  • Number of Players
  • Duration
  • Timeline for completion and intended first run.
  • Statement of Intention to Publish

Only a limited number of sponsorships are available.  You can enquire about availability by emailing larpooc@gmail.com

3. Get into Intercon for free

Collegiate Intercon Scholarship 4-pack

Get four college friends together.  Make a plan to travel to Intercon.  We will pay your admittance.

To apply for the scholarship, email larpooc@gmail.com with the following info:

  • Info about each applicant (there must be four applicants)
    • Name
    • Age
    • Expected Graduation Date
    • Field of Study
    • LARP experience
    • Previous Intercon attendance
  • College or University
  • Travel and Lodging Plan for Intercon

Only a limited number of Scholarships are available.  You can inquire about availability by emailing larpooc@gmail.com

4. Get help starting up a LARP event

Starting an event like a monthly LARP day or a LARP convention can often require start-up cost like down payment on space rental.  LARP Endowment can help you with an initial grant.  Grants are only available for non-profit events whose goal is to keep cost to participants minimal.  You can apply for a LARP Endowment Startup Grant if to plan to charge your participants; indeed proposals that show that the event can be self-sustaining are preferred.

To apply for a LARP Endowment Startup Grant, email larpooc@gmail.com and include a breif description of your proposed event.  Include information like where and when the event will be, how the event qualifies as a LARP event, who is on staff and any previous event and LARP organizing experience they have, how the fund would be used.  This will serve as a starting point for dialogue.

Grants are limited, but do not have a proposal deadline.

An example of an event that was issued a LARP Endowment Startup Grant is BeCon, which ran it’s first event in September of 2018.

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