There Are Community Project Grants To Be Had


I don’t share a lot of stuff like this, but I dig the people involved and I dig what they’re doing.

I dig BernzOmatic. They’re the go-to brand for all things blowtorch, but instead of resting on their laurels, they’re reaching out into the community.

I also dig Nicole Curtis. She fixes up old houses and sells them, but she’s not a flipper out to make a buck. She brings back the historic character of these homes (something I’m about to do in my 100 year old craftsman) and restores not just the house, but the neighborhood.

Put those two things together and you get the Find Your Fire Community Grants Program.

As Nicole said, “whether cleaning up a local playground or restoring a landmark, people are passionate about doing good deeds in their communities.” In support of that, this program kicks off projects by inviting you to nominate a community focused revitalization or renovation for the chance to win a $10,000 grant to make it happen – Plus the grand prize is a visit from Nicole Curtis to help you get it done.

I also dig that Nicole and BernzOmatic are starting this all of with a project that isn’t as traditional as a community garden (nothing wrong with a community garden). They’re already at work with non-profit Rebuilding Together fixing up the Staten Island MakerSpace, still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Here’s how you enter:

How: Visit to upload your community project details. The project must use a blowtorch in some way.

When: Entries are accepted now through December 7, after which public voting opens January 11 through the 31st.

Prize: Three winners with the most votes will receive a $10,000 grant plus BernzOmatic tools. Seven runners up receive $1,500 in grant support. The grand prize winner with the most votes is awarded a special visit from Nicole Curtis.