Burners without Borders – BoNZA Civic Ignition Grant

What is the Civic Ignition Grant?

A program aimed at funding innovative community & civic projects within New Zealand & Australia. We are interested in programs that create collaborations, produce direct actions, utilise 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.

Burners Without Borders is providing funds in the amount of USD $1,500


  • Grant opportunity is announced on April 26, 2024
  • Deadline for submissions is May 27, 2024
  • Summit delegates will review the grant proposals on June 2, 2024
  • Winner(s) will be announced June 2, 2024 at the summit

What’s special about this Civic Ignition Grant?

Submissions to the Civic Ignition grant will be workshopped and judged by a panel of delegates attending the BoNZA Summit.

Who is eligible to apply?

Individuals, Groups, and Not-for-Profits are all eligible to apply. We encourage projects to be endorsed by a Community Representative. The Community Representative 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 Community Representatives and we encourage you to apply even if no Community Representative is able to endorse you.

How much can you ask for?

The maximum grant that may be awarded for 2025 is USD $1,500.00. 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 endeavours 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 BWB & BoNZA websites.

Suggestions for a quality grant proposal:

Apply for a grant

2024 Application form is HERE

Who won the Civic Ignition Grant in the past?

2022 BoNZA Civic Ignition Grant winners