Got an awesome idea? Yeah you do!
Need help getting it up?
Enter the Awesome Foundation; a monthly grant of $1000 awarded to people doing something awesome, no strings attached.
Sprouting roots in Boston a year and a half ago, the foundation works by distributing monthly grants of $1000 self-funded by local groups of ten micro-trustees to ‘awesome projects and their creators’.
Awesomeness? What does an awesome idea look like?
How about a hip-hop word count? HOLLA!
Giant hammock? Check.
Do you like robotic lamps? Yes please.
If previous projects are an indicator, awesomeness is not limited to any one industry or purpose; from community farming initiatives to hip hop linguistic tools, a diverse array of projects got a nod from the Foundation this year.
Most recently, the Berlin chapter announced their first winner to build a sleigh track for the whole community, a “Wilde Schlittenfahrt”, a wild downhill sledge ride. HOLY AWESOME!
Wilde Schlittenfahrt aka Wild sled ride – Awesome Foundation Berlin grantee Konrad explains his idea from Henrik Moltke on Vimeo.
Boston’s concept has rapidly grown wings with an international alliance of chapters committed to ‘sustaining and promoting the interest of Awesomeness’ across the globe. Next stop, Melbourne.
I’m pumped to be joining the Awesome Foundation trustees on the Melbourne adventure, who knows what 12 awesome projects will be supported in a year’s time?
Outside Melbourne, The Awesome Foundation chapters can be found in Berlin, Boston, London, Los Angeles, New York City, Ottawa, Providence, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.
Make sure your awesome idea is put up for consideration and apply. Chances are, there is an Awesome Foundation near you.
Keep updated on The Awesome Foundation Melbourne Twitter with @awesomemelb & their trustees.