With a name like “Awesome” you might wonder about the organization’s legitimacy, but the grant-funding Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is totally serious about their work. Their concept is simple: “Forwarding the interest of Awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time.” The Foundation, started in Boston in 2009, awards monthly, $1,000 microgrants to projects dedicated to the spreading of Awesomeness.
So, what makes a project awesome? The Foundation lists qualities like newness, ultility, value, inclusion, staying power, and environmental impact--because needless waste is defintely not awesome.
New chapters are popping up in cities all over the world, and recently the Foundation announced their newest chapter: Awesome Food. Just like it sounds, these $1,000 microgrants will be awarded to projects related to food. Like the other Awesome grants, recipients are chosen by a board of trustees who are also the grants’ monetary supporters. Current trustees for Awesome Food come from a variety food industry fields in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom, including Dan Barber of Blue Hill Farms in New York and Rolando Robledo of Boston’s infamous Clover Food Lab.
The first grant deadline is this Friday, August 5, so hurry over and fills out an application. The application is straightforward and simple, and remember, creativity is encouraged! Interested in becoming a trustee for Awesome Food? The Foundation accepts applications on a rolling basis; check it out here.
The Foundation is also always open to new chapters. Philadelphia doesn’t have a chapter yet, but if you’re interested in starting one, you can fill out an application on their website.