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About Us

Hi World! We are the San Francisco chapter.

Those ⤴ are the projects we've funded. Scroll through the image strip!

Suggestion: Read this page again just before you apply.

We want to fund projects in the greater Bay Area that delight and connect people, sparking discussion, action, participation. We particularly like projects that attempt something important done in ways others haven't tried lately. We like projects with a snowball effect, though that's never easy to predict.

We often fund whimsy, which we see as an essential antidote in a troubled and serious world. But please don't shy away from practical, civic or political. In these polarized times, combining passionate dedication with ethical idealism will definitely draw our attention and may help to de-polarize.

We fund beginners, small projects and experimenters more readily than most other grant-makers can. (Will $1,000 make all the difference for your project?)

You've got a dream or scheme. Brainstorm, then narrow it down. Think about your community or about the wider public. Think unusual, playful, ambitious, inspirational. How awesome is it? (When you explain it to new people, do they respond with a delighted little dance?)

We have flexible guidelines: You may apply if you think we're a match. We suggest that before you apply you get a feel for us through the image-strip, above. It shows projects we've funded. Click on the images to read the descriptions.

When you apply, make it brief and describe a specific idea. We'll decide about funding based on your idea. Your creative ambition, the spirit of it, that's what we most love knowing. Your inspired self will be great at making your point, regardless of credentials, vetted plans or organizational backing.

Hint: Short, raw and personal. Phrase clearly. Tell us your need-wish-plan and a little about yourself, your group, your public or whatever is relevant and will excite.

We're people, not some stuffy foundation. You can even ask us questions or advice. Contact us a while before the deadline at sf@awesomefoundation.org with your inquiries.

Proposals are due the last day of each month. The grant is awarded during the following month. For instance, whether you apply May 2nd or 28th, you will be informed at the very latest by June 30th.

Sadly, we can't fund all the awesomeness.

We have limited funds. We give about twelve grants per year and generally $1,000 per month. If we don't fund your proposal, it's not a rejection. Every month we see new methods proposed, cleverly advancing awesome in the universe and even explained brilliantly by the likes of you, that nevertheless have to be implemented without our microgrant. Sigh.

We really want your awesome project to get funded, by us or by someone! We do look back at runners-up from previous months. But to guarantee it, you may apply again. You're encouraged to make changes after knowing our feedback. Ask us while you contemplate your second round. Or your first.

Thank you for your awesome passion!

If you like, you may follow us on social media (icons above) for news, events, and projects happening here in the Bay Area. We also have a friends-of email discussion list.

Thank you for helping make a more awesome world!

Joel Pomerantz San Francisco 5th Dean of Awesome sf@awesomefoundation.org

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