Five Oh FiveОт Maya Lakerink August 2023
Rethink Recycling Lid Sorting ProgramОт Kym O'Shannassy July 2023
Sabbatical Gallery This is Not a Toy StoreОт Kay-Lynn Cavanagh June 2023
Refugee & Friends MarketОт Marjorie Tenchavez May 2023
Igniting a Passion for STEM in Brunswick!От Lillian Smith April 2023
A hub for Mums of the HillsОт Mums of the Hills (Madeleine Coyle) March 2023
Love (Let Our Voices Echo)От Emmanuel Deng February 2023
Come and play!От Engela van der Klashorst January 2023
Keeping Collingwood Cows Happy !От Dale Jobson December 2022
Beacon ProjectОт Andrew December 2022
Paddling to the Asian ChampionshipsОт Racheal Blake October 2022
An utterly fabulous wall mural by Monica LazzariОт Kirsten Matthews October 2022
Karuna Women's Sewing ProjectОт Nathan Buckley September 2022
Custom-Made Laryngoscopes for Australian MammalsОт Girius Antanaitis August 2022
Be Kind Roller SkatesОт Roz Slade July 2022
UV PhotoboothОт Grace Tang July 2022
Netball UniformsОт Kelly Fergie June 2022
Moonee Valley Repair CafeОт Charlie Nancarrow May 2022
The Aus Paraclimbing Team's World Cup JourneyОт Sarah Larcombe April 2022
Pixellated the GameОт Zahraa Al Zubaydi March 2022
Snowglobe LGBTQIA+ Support Services AI ChatbotОт Jessica Sutherland February 2022
GINA AppОт Leah Tassios January 2022
A STAGE for our performersОт Breanne Mills November 2021
Fungi SolutionsОт Amanda Morgan October 2021
Dallas Disco SoupОт Carolyn Webster September 2021
SS Stallions Netball Club UniformsОт Jacki Tut August 2021
Dinosaurs can skate with VandalОт Tricia Van Der-Kuyp June 2021
Techno-RomanceОт Holly Block May 2021
Off Lead - web seriesОт Lauren Colosimo April 2021
Ectodermal dysplasia campОт Emma March 2021
Wheelie Awesome WamindaОт Waminda Community House February 2021
Consent Workshops for Low Socioeconomic SchoolsОт Kishan Pathak January 2021
Spill the Chai: Melbourne EditionОт Dilpreet Taggar November 2020
Big Group HugОт Donna De Bortoli October 2020
Schizy SpeaksОт Heidi Everett September 2020
Lockdown LegendsОт Preethi Vergis August 2020
Buy Bla(c)kОт jessica ankomah July 2020
Guru Nanak's Free Community Kitchen & Food PantryОт Gurvinder Singh Madaan June 2020
Birds of PreyОт Amber Steele May 2020
Avenel's Awesome Cubby House!От Avenel Kindergarten (Emma Larsen) April 2020
The Waminda WallОт Janet Symes March 2020
Encompassible: Melbourne Youth Peer MentoringОт Lily Wu February 2020
Mental Health Careres Respite DayОт Rebecca Martindale January 2020
Dishwasher for foodbank volunteersОт Carol Franceschi November 2019
My Very Cool Project For GeographyОт Angus Paterson October 2019
Wheels for DancingОт Jacqi Spencer September 2019
Fifth Element Academy: Math + Hip HopОт Preethi Vergis August 2019
'I AM' art exhibitionОт Lenka Brazda July 2019
Now You See UsОт Lee Cohen June 2019
Reaching for GoldОт Sam Cartledge May 2019
Children of CherbourgОт John harding February 2019
Day Hospice guest bus pick upОт Kerry Dmytrenko February 2019
Kensington Social Inclusion Week LunchОт Carolyn Webster August 2018
The arts as a therapy in stroke recoveryОт Carly Stephens August 2018
ANIKAОт Perveen Maan May 2018
Wheelie Good GreenhouseОт Morgan Koegel March 2018
Let's readОт Andrew Kay February 2018
Kids' Urban DreamingОт Clare Walton February 2018
Teddy Bears PicnicОт Georgia Jacobs & Fartun Abdi November 2017
An awesome VIP Day for Melbourne's homelessОт Marcus Crook November 2017
Equal Access to Healthcare for Transgender PeopleОт Tina Shaw September 2017
Dinosaur- Library Takeover: Kids change the world!От Erin Wicking September 2017
The Strong Sunflower bookОт Writing Through Fences - Janet Galbraith & Rose Turtle Ertler July 2017
Gravity InitiativeОт Emily Serle June 2017
KitestringОт Ryan Hubbard April 2017
Pay A sack ForwardОт Kunti Benson March 2017
Friendship Dog FoundationОт Hari Jeevakumar February 2017
Audio Description in VictoriaОт Will McRostie January 2017
Greening Kensington’s Industrial StreetsОт Loretta Curtin November 2016
Pihuru Community Sanitation ProjectОт Silas Wagatora October 2016
The Ultimate Pop Up Junkyard PlaygroundОт Clare Walton September 2016
Complimentary CaravanОт Rose Turtle Ertler August 2016
Pumped for ParoleОт Fiona Grinwald July 2016
Mechanical YouthОт Shane Elmore May 2016
The Day Dream ProgramОт Madeleine Buchner April 2016
The Wonder Woman BootcampОт Olivia Shelton March 2016
Community Workshop: On The MoveОт Margaux Hayes January 2016
Unique walking tours of MelbourneОт Joanne Jenkins December 2015
Be. Bangles - Inspirational bangles for womenОт Chantelle Baxter October 2015
The Tasmanian Tree ProjectОт Jennifer Sanger September 2015
Happy HubbubОт Erin Richards August 2015
InstagranОт Kyle Vermeulen August 2015
PROJECT HONEYCOMBОт Christopher Kowalski July 2015
Sunshine Children's GardenОт Joyce Watts / Jo Skaldzien June 2015
Up-skilling at Norm Community WorkshopОт margaux hayes May 2015
The Welcome Dinner Project VictoriaОт Meagan Williams April 2015
Second Star - Mermaid BarОт Brianna Lund April 2015
Long Johns CondomsОт Brad Zadow April 2015
The Man CaveОт Hunter Johnson April 2015
Australian Ichthyosis MeetОт Carly Findlay January 2015
Wearable Arts Experience - From Concept to catwalkОт Alison Jones November 2014
The Melbourne Hidden GiftОт Hidden Gift Melbourne October 2014
Long Street Coffee Training Pop-upОт Jane Marx September 2014
PointsThingОт Jacob Kemsley August 2014
Our World Our VisionОт Atalanti Dionysus August 2014
TEAM OF LIFEОт KAGE (Submitted by Simone Schinkel - General Manager and Producer at KAGE) June 2014
Bosom BuddiesОт Anna Kaplan May 2014
Electrical Wiring Pilot Program for Women in NepalОт Briony Mackenzie May 2014
EDDIES BACKPACKSОт DARRELL J CRUSE April 2014
Seen & Heard Film Festival - MelbourneОт Mia Falstein-Rush February 2014
National Boat DayОт Michael Roper December 2013
Traveling Gypsy for DisabledОт Robert Willi Fantom October 2013
GrowstuffОт Alex Bayley September 2013
Mini Free LibraryОт Lisa D'Onofrio September 2013
The Grantmaker Jukebox: Music that makes new grantОт Rachael Byrnes February 2013
PetHomeStay Videos - Sharing the Care of Pets!От Tom LeGrice December 2012
Beerend - It's like a bookend for your beerОт Zac Martin November 2012
ideservetooОт Juste Angelo Compaore November 2012
Good CyclesОт luke wright October 2012
All Of The NumbersОт Kealey Nutt - @kealey September 2012
Do it on the RoofОт Dr Shelley Meagher August 2012
Handmade Dog Coats & Vests for Pounds and Rescues.От Tania Quinlan August 2012
The World's First Comfort Zone CalculatorОт Marcus Taylor August 2012
Freelove Magazine MelbourneОт Scott Ashby June 2012
Roll-Up Bike Valet for Park(ing) Day 2012От Joyce Watts May 2012
The Ownership ProjectОт The Ownership Project May 2012
httpmoteОт Mitch Denny April 2012
Poo Power!От Duncan Chew April 2012
Do It In a DressОт Chantelle July 2011
Mini Macaron Melbourne CampaignОт Linda Kowalski May 2011
Trams + Music = Tram SessionsОт Nick Wallberg March 2011
Melbourne City Rooftop HoneyОт Vanessa Kwiatkowski January 2011
Making our world more awesome $1,000 at a time.
Applications are open to all awesome projects in the greater Melbourne area. We are an active chapter which awards a $1,000 grant on the last Tuesday of each month (submissions close 12pm on the Sunday prior).
The Melbourne chapter consists of 10 board members who meet each month to review every submission. Each board member contributes $100 to the winner's grant. So why should ten strangers give you their money?
Please read the information below to give your application the best chance of success.
- Exciting and kooky projects.
- Exciting and impactful projects that make Melbourne more aewsome.
- Having a "tipping point" of $1000 or less and our grant is what's needed to make it happen.
- Ideas that will be a catalyst to kick-start something bigger.
- When you clearly explain where the money will be spent (Hint: "marketing" or "website" is not specific enough).
- When your story pulls on our heart strings.
- When you include the word "dinosaur" at the beginning of your application to show us you can follow instructions.
- Brief pitches with a weblink and one really good photo.
- When you follow us on social media and help us celebrate awsome projects by linking, commenting on and sharing some of our posts.
- Instagram, Facebook, Twitter / X
We are not so keen on:
- Paying for operating or personal expenses.
- Funding your book, video, blog, website, social media, advertising, etc.
- Giving money to a people who earn a lot more money than we do. We're not rich. We're teachers, retirees, and students.
- Funding projects for an organisation that already has revenues and/or grants of more than $8000 in the past year.
- Long pitches.
- Funding non-Melbourne area projects. If you are from another area, sorry, try your local chapter.
- Grant applications where the applicant has not read or followed this page of guidelines.
After you submit
- Winners will be emailed within 3 business days of the last Tuesday of each month.
- Wheny our project has been completed and the impact is clear, you will send us a short write-up (75-100 words) and photos demonstrating the impact and success of the project, for sharing on this website and social media.
- Money will only be transferred to Australian bank accounts. If you are from overseas, sorry, try your local Awesome Foundation.
- You are welcome to resubmit an application for the same (or a different) project in 3 months.
- If you have won a grant, please wait 12 months before applying again.