Find Your Fire
Community Grants

The 2016 Bernzomatic Find Your Fire Community Grants program celebrates the creativity and curiosity of makers all across the country who want to use their talents to make a difference. We're looking for creative, community-minded projects that involve the use of a torch in some way. Get inspired and submit your idea, and we can help bring it to life.


$15,000 and a visit with Nicole
$7,500 and Bernzomatic Products
$5,000 and Bernzomatic Products

Nicole Curtis

Find Your Fire Campaign Ambassador

Seven additional finalists will also recieve $1,500 and Bernzomatic products

Find Your Fire


We're looking for creative, community-minded projects that involve the use of a torch in some way. Whether it's a STEAM education program, a MakerSpace remodel, an art project for a community center or an invention that solves a problem, we want to hear about it.


Whether designing, constructing or operating, these submissions are building tomorrow, one bot at a time. Includes the best in Robotics, Drones and Manned Vehicles that can be used to help make a difference.


Cutting, folding, welding, molding – whatever the technique may be to create works of wonder that benefit communities, these projects bend nature to their very will.


Calling all artisans that enjoy building from a blank canvas. These submissions saw, stitch, sculpt, paint, and torch to help better those around them.

MakerSpace and Education

Team work makes the dream work with submissions that highlight collaborators and educators striving to inspire the next class of makers and builders.


Some projects are wired a little differently than the rest. These electrifyingly engineered masterpieces are meant to light up their communities.


For those makers who think, and work, outside the box. The passion to make a difference showcased by these submissions is boundless.

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  • Mini Foundry- Pewter Rings

    Metal working has seen a decline in the public schools for over 20 years. To bring those metal working experience back to the school, we...

  • Technique for Reducing Harmful/Damaging Insecticides

    I am the Volunteer Coordinator at a World Birding Center. Our mission is to provide education and promote the protection of our native habitat...

  • Aleutian-Pribilof Islands Traditional Skinboat Revival

    Our project is already having great success because we've been committed to our goals for over two decades now. We are bringing the traditional skin-on-frame...

  • WCA Robotics MakerSpace

    The Western Center Academy is a dependent charter school focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. We are located in semi-rural Hemet,...

  • All Aboard! Education Station Renovation

    The Rosenberg Railroad Museum (RRM) currently has an all metal building that is in need of renovation and repair. Water leaks through the windows...

Participation Guidelines

Criteria / How It Works

Submission Guidelines:

By October 31st, submit a project that benefits your community and involves the use of a torch. Top 10 finalists will be selected in November by Bernzomatic with input from Nicole Curtis.

America will vote for their favorite project between December 1st and December 31st. Winners will be announced in January.

Judging Criteria:

Ten finalists will be chosen using an evenly weighted judging rubric, with ultimate winners determined based on total amount of fan votes cast during voting phase.

Finalist selection:

Was the project and its objectives communicated in the submission clearly? (25%)

Will this project have a significant impact on the user’s community? (25%)

How useful will a Bernzomatic torch be in producing the end result? (25%)

How impactful will $15,000 be in helping to bring this project to life? (25%)

Meet Nicole

Find Your Fire Ambassador

Nicole Curtis

A self-taught TV rehabber and designer, Nicole Curtis is a master of salvage picking and a spirited advocate for saving old houses and rebuilding communities. Resourceful, creative and always in motion, Nicole has a passion for repurposing and creating amazing designs. She is the author of the new book Better Than New.

"I'm inspired by makers and all they do, and know that this is a group of people who create things that can really make a difference in the world around them. Saving old houses and rebuilding neighborhoods is my way of doing it, and I can't wait to hear about yours. Join me and Bernzomatic in this second year of the Find Your Fire Community Grants program and share your talents for the greater good."

Ignite Your Passion