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BWB NEWS 04/19/2024

Applications Open: 2024 Burners of New Zealand & Australia (BONZA) Civic Ignition Grant


What is the Burners of New Zealand & Australia (BONZA) Civic Ignition Grant?
A program aimed at funding innovative community & civic projects within the greater Australia, and New Zealand regions. We are interested in programs that create collaborations, produce direct actions, utilize several of the 10 Burning Man Principles, are reproducible, and creatively tackle local social problems. This grant gives anyone the opportunity to submit a collaborative, creative, and principle-focused project with a chance to win up to a $1,500 grant.

–  Grant Opportunity is announced on April 26, 2024
–  Deadline for grant submissions is May 27, 2024
–  Workshop Participants will review the grant proposals at the 2024 BONZA Summit June 2, 2024
–  Winner(s) will be announced June 2, 2024 at the BONZA Summit

Apply here: 

What’s special about this Civic Ignition Grant?
Submissions to the 2024 Civic Ignition grant cycle will be workshopped and judged by a group of participants and community leaders that attend this year’s BONZA Civic Ignition Grant Workshop. This group will be using the submissions as material to review and workshop while learning how to administer their own civic grant programs.

Who is eligible to apply?
Individuals, Groups, and Not-for-Profits are all eligible to apply. We encourage projects to be endorsed by a local Burning Man Regional Contact. The RC does not need to be a project lead, or heavily involved with the process, rather they are simply endorsing the project and the leaders who are submitting it. We recognize not all regions have local RC’s and we encourage you to apply even if no RC is able to endorse you.

How much can you ask for?
The maximum grant that may be awarded is $1,500. We encourage your project’s viability to not be solely dependent on this grant.  Think about other sources of funding that might be available. Grants awarded could be less than the full amount.

What types of proposals will likely not get funded by this program?
Programs that are solely based on artistic endeavors and do not have a community or civic aspect will most likely not be considered for funding. Funds should not be used for direct fundraising, chapter promotion efforts, or for paying people for their work.

What follow-up will be expected by grant recipients?
All recipients will be expected to submit written reports on what they have accomplished and learned in the course of their projects, along with accompanying visual media. This media will be hosted on the Burners Without Borders website.

Suggestions for a quality grant proposal:
– Look at the BWB Grant Impact & Criteria Document to see how we think about grants.
– Reach out to your local Burning Man Regional Contact and ask if they might be an advisor.
– Watch our video How to write Quality Grants: Burning Man 101(Starts rough but gets going at (9:00 in)
– Listen to our podcast  “Targeted Grant Writing: with Meta-Regional Jacqui Latendresse” 

Who won the Civic Ignition Grant in the past?
2022 BONZA Civic Ignition Grant winners

How long will it take to receive the funds if selected?
In order to process your grant funds, we’ll require contracting and payment information about the Grantee, including tax information as applicable. Once all grantee information has been collected, it may take an additional 2-8 weeks to process your payment. We strive to complete all grant payments as quickly as possible.

Are the funds taxable?
Yes, grants are considered income and are taxable for organizations and individuals.
International Wires for Grantees: International payees are responsible for any foreign exchange or bank fees associated with funds being sent as USD to local currency. Please speak with your bank about receiving funds from the United States of America to be aware of any fees that might be incurred.

Burning Man Project is not responsible for researching foreign transaction fees or related bank charges. Please ensure that your wiring information is accurate, otherwise potential additional fees may be incurred against your grant. If you are unclear about receiving an international wire, please contact your bank for further information.

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