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Washington, DC

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About Us

Have an idea to make DC more awesome? Apply for a $1,000 grant!

We are a collective of DC residents who help fund a wide specrtrum of amazing arts, culture and community experiences, ranging from the founding Funk Parade to the Indiana Jones and The Alley of Doom to DC Bike Party's Sound Bike to Hand-Dancing, a DC-originated style of Swing to community hackathons to skateboarding Santa Clauses to community gardens to Floor Charts tracking Congressional charts (so DC!). We are entirely volunteer-run and self-funded from Trustees and use the following four evaluation criteria for funding projects that help the city of Washington DC be more awesome:

  • #1 - Is it awesome? (Is it unique? Interesting? Impactful? There's all sorts of types of awesome.)
  • #2 - Does it directly benefit DC? (We put heavy weight on supporting our tiny city/state and the awesomeness within. Fyi, there are Awesome North Virginia and Baltimore chapters, so if your project is focused on those regions you might consider applying there.)
  • #3 - Will $1,000 make an actual impact? (Some organizations are super-well funded so we focus on helping the little guys and girls and tend to fund small but mighty projects that $1,000 will actually make a difference.)
  • #4 - Is it immediately actionable? (Similar to the actual impact, we heavily prefer projects that are a month or two away, so that the money can create immediate awesome impact in the community. If your project is a year away, wait to apply for a better chance at getting the grant.)

Have a project that meets those 4 criteria? Apply now! We award grants every month!

Background Information, Grant & Trustee Guides and Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Awesome DC Grant Applicant Guide, Pro Tips & FAQ
  • Awesome DC Trustee Guide & FAQ
  • Tax Deductible Donation Guide & FAQ
  • Awesome Foundation DC Press Information
  • Have a question or is something missing in these guides? Email awesomefoundationdc [at] gmail [dot] com

  • Love what we are doing and want to support the group?

    We are an entirely volunteer-driven organization and completely self-funded by trustee's own money. In 2015, we ran an audit of all of our finances and grants and found that our operating expenses are a mere 3.3% overhead (mainly spend on bank fees, our domain name and a batch of stickers we ordered to promote the group). That means 96.7% of all money that comes into the Awesome Foundation DC goes directly to funding grants in the community. This is pretty much unheard of in the nonprofit world. Want to help us fund more grants? There's many ways you can participate:
    • Buy some Awesome DC gear
    • We take anonymous donations to help fund our projects: Check or tax-deductible donations: Contact AwesomeFoundationDC [at] gmail [dot] com for a mailing address to send your check
    • Venmo: Send funds to alexandra.dickinson [at] gmail [dot] com
    • Paypal: Send funds to alexandra.dickinson [at] gmail [dot] com

    • Connect with us on social media to learn more about grant deadlines, awards & Awesome projects in DC:

      Background info on The Awesome Foundation & the DC chapter:

      The Awesome Foundation is an international organization with hundred of chapters around the world helping fund community, culture and arts projects that make the world more awesome and unique. Awesome Foundation chapters are entirely volunteer-run and self-funded through trustee donations with independent chapters around the world that have have funded more than $2 million in grants through 82 chapters in 19 countries.

      The DC Chapter of the Awesome Foundation was founded in 2010 and has given more than $45,000 to the local community for awesome projects. We pick our monthly grant winners usually at the end of each month and notify all applicants after the selection has been made.

      Founded first in Boston in 2009, each Awesome Foundation local chapter distributes monthly $1,000 microgrants, no strings attached, to projects and creators. At each fully autonomous and local chapter, the money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing, volunteer “Trustees” and given in cash to the grant winner each month.

      Learn more about the Awesome Foundation vision from the New York trustees on CCTV:



      Diversity & Inclusion:

      The trustees of the Awesome Foundation DC are committed to supporting and embracing the diversity of the vibrant DC community. We acknowledge we are not as diverse as we should be to represent DC at the moment and we are seeking new, diverse Full Time Trustees that can commit and contribute to the group. If you or someone you know is interested, please read more about the Trustee experience and different roles and contact us at awesomefoundationdc [at] gmail [dot] com.

      We also seek to fund diverse grant proposals and try to fund different projects that will affect large groups from different communities and spread awesome experiences to the diverse populous of Washington D.C. We try to not fund too many of any of the same type of event (for instance, community gardens or several book proposals, etc.) and are working to seek out and identify new grant opportunities in all of DC’s wards. For more grant applicant advice, please see our guide.

      Behind the Scene Trustees:

      Special thanks to: Shana Glickfield, Partner at The Beekeeper Group and former Co-Dean of Awesome DC for helping as our pioneering first "Behind the Scenes Trustee" sponsorship.
      Are you interested in helping support Awesome DC as a Behind the Scenes Trustee? Learn more in the Trustee guide or contact us at awesomefoundationdc [at] gmail [dot] com.

      DC Chapter Shout Outs:

      We'd like to send out a special thank you to Bonnie Shaw, our chapter founder and founding Dean, and Shana Glickfield, our most recent former Dean. Also, thanks go to recent past trustees and contributors for their awesome service! We continue to fund and celebrate awesomeness following their example:

      • Alex Barth
      • Rob Bole
      • Todd Bowers
      • Claire Corbett
      • Peter Corbett
      • Mark Drapeau
      • Nick Farina
      • Whitney Fisler
      • Vanessa French
      • Garlin Gilchrest
      • Shana Glickfield
      • Danny Harris
      • Alex Howard
      • Philippa Hughes
      • Gene Keselman
      • Jon Long
      • Miriam Magdieli
      • Adam Martin
      • Caroline Martin
      • Laurenellen McCann
      • Sean McDonald
      • Erik Moe
      • Amy Morse
      • Ellen Miller
      • Eric Mill
      • Barbara Mullinex
      • Andrew Stroup
      • Frank Tobia
      • Kevin Webb
      • Erica Williams

Meet the Trustees