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Winners Announced: BONZA Civic Ignition Grant (Australia + New Zealand)

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Congratulations to our 2022 BONZA Civic Ignition Grantees! We received 3 submissions with a total financial ask of ~$3,000. These grants were discussed in a consensus-based workshop with participant leaders from Australia and New Zealand. Congratulations to the Grantees:

Remote Village by Rain and Wick (Fremantle, Australia)

Remote Village makes and gifts food and clothing to anyone in need. After gifting food throughout Australia, they landed back in their hometown of Fremantle, Western Australia. They’ve observed and been impacted to see a lot of people in need of assistance in the area. This grant will allow them to continue offering weekly free vegan meals and warm blankets to those who need them most in the community.




Creating Connected Communities: Cohousing Symposium by Cris Clucas (Canberra, Australia)
Canberra has the second highest median house prices in Australia after Sydney. Stable housing and buying a house to live in is a pipe dream for most young people and many who find themselves in the lower socio-economic bracket. This grant will support a one-day symposium on Cohousing to spread the word about this sustainable, connecting model of housing which addresses the issues we as a society are facing – loneliness, isolation, and growing mental health concerns like anxiety and depression.

What is the Burners of Australia + New Zealand (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 June 1st
–  Deadline for grant submissions is June 27th (Midnight)
–  Workshop Participants will review the grant proposals at the 2022 BONZA Summit (Virtual)
–  Winner(s) will be announced Saturday, July 9nd at the BONZA Summit (Virtual) 

Apply here: https://forms.gle/F69djMQgMjR6dfBEA

What’s special about this Civic Ignition Grant?
Submissions to the 2022 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. To manage time during this shortened virtual workshop, the event producers will curate a group of no more than six applications to be reviewed. 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?
See all our past Civic Ignition rounds and read updates from grant recipients here.

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