Nest is all about inspiring creativity and connecting with others.

We’re encouraging this by offering grants in three areas this year


Large or small, we want to hear if you have an idea you want to bring to Nest, but don’t have sufficient funding to create it. In a change from the last couple of years, we are looking at art projects separately to theme camps. 

Apply under this section for funding of art that sits outside of ‘infrastructure’ needs.

Community projects

We love the number and diversity of workshops, performances and activities that get brought to Nest, and we want to encourage as many as possible. 

Apply under this section for funding of the cost of materials you need to make your community project happen.

Theme Camp projects

To quote Nowhere, a theme camp is a group of people pooling resources to contribute to a community. **You do not have to apply for theme camp grant in order to form a theme camp.**

With the change in location for Nest 2017, we are excited about the opportunity for Nestlings to develop exciting new spaces, and realise that the principle of radical self reliance becomes easier when part of a theme camp. 

Recognising that there are new possibilities for our community to build established  theme camps over time, we are offering modest seed grants to enable groups invest in infrastructure that will extend beyond 2017.

Apply under this section for seed grants for Theme Camps.

This year, there is no hard and fast rule on what percentage of the total cost of your project Nest will contribute (previously it has been capped at 75%). The application will ask you for the total cost of your project, and the amount you are asking Nest to contribute. 

Please remember that we have a limited budget, so we may offer less than you ask for. Don’t let it put you off applying! For selected projects, the full amount could be reimbursed, therefore we encourage you to tell us why you require full funding if you request it


This year, grants are being awarded on a rolling basis. There is no hard deadline for applications, but the earlier you get it in, the more likely you are to be successful - once the money is gone, it’s gone. 

In order to submit your application, you must have already completed your Burner Bio.

You can then fill out the grant application. We will then email you a reference code to be used in all communications, and we may have some follow up questions to your application.


Successful applications will be awarded on a monthly basis - please flag in your application if you need a decision by a certain deadline, and we will do our best to meet it. 

If you hear that someone has been successful in their application and they applied after you, that does not mean your application has been unsuccessful. This could happen for a variety of reasons, including the timelines of their project. 

There may be follow up health and safety or logistical questions, if we do not receive timely responses to these we may need to withdraw the grant.


Art grants will be paid after Nest 2017 event is over, giving due consideration to exceptional circumstances, which must be included in the application. We will send out an email within a few weeks of the end of the event asking for your reference and all receipts for materials, so you must ensure to retain these in order to receive your reimbursement. .