The local DC chapter of the Awesome Foundation uses the following four criteria for funding awesome community, arts and culture projects helping the DC area:
Have a project that meets those 4 criteria? Apply now! We award grants every month!
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 around the world combined have funded more than $1.7 million in grants through 78 chapters in 18 countries.
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 “Trustees” and given in cash to the grant winner each month.
The DC Chapter of the Awesome Foundation was founded in 2010 and has given more than $40,000 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. We are also currently looking for new Trustees to contribute their help to making DC more awesome! (Interested in visiting a meeting as a Guest Trustee? Email awesomefoundationdc [at] gmail.com)
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 always actively looking for new, diverse Full Time Trustees that can commit and contribute to the group and also always actively welcome diverse guest trustees to attend meetings and see what the experience is about. 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.
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.
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: