One Set: 10-month School Based ProgramBy Madena Green September 2023
ROAR InitiativeBy Lengitu Hovanic September 2023
Sophisticleveland Steppers and Drumrow DrumlineBy Hudson Lee June 2023
Show Your ColorsBy Shannon Scott-Miller June 2023
A.I.M (Art. In. Mindfulness) ProjectBy Sirwilliam Cofield June 2023
Americans Making Immigrants Safe (AMIS)By Samantha Ryder March 2023
3MB AfterSchoolBy Faith Lloyd-Smith March 2023
Peter Rabbit ProjectBy Selena Awesome Vicario March 2023
Reflections of Me!By Margaret Craig December 2022
KIDShakes: Shakespeare for Families!By Khaki Hermann December 2022
Playroom Restoration for EducationBy Lexi Kilcoin December 2022
Bluestone Court Coalition Mentorship ProgramBy Emily Holody September 2022
Saving Young Women through the ArtsBy Angela Douglas September 2022
Bridge the Gap InitiativeBy Varuni Chopra September 2022
Waterloo BannersBy Sarah Gyorki June 2022
Coit Road ApiaryBy Chris Bush June 2022
Hydroponic GardeningBy Vel Scott June 2022
Wellness Awareness & Outreach!By LaToya Logan March 2022
POPCE Community Garden Come BackBy Gordon Martin March 2022
ClenagersBy Shana Black March 2022
Moble Sensory BusBy Michael Ingram March 2022
ListenCLE - Busking InitiativeBy Amanda Nyx December 2021
Splash and FriendsBy Andre L Morton December 2021
Keep the Critters Out CampaignBy Giovanna Mingrone September 2021
Yoga Teacher ScholarshipBy Alysia McKean September 2021
Outdoor Connection Kits & Outside Discovering Me!By Mary Macias, Footpath Foundation June 2021
Garden of Life UpliftBy Community Yahoos contact person Odetta Fields June 2021
Art BlockBy David Van Horn March 2021
Tablets, Hotspots, Training for Low Income SeniorsBy Tom Hlavin March 2021
Feed the SoulBy Alesia Corpening December 2020
Young Leaders ProgramBy Lavont White December 2020
Let's Stop Gang Violence in Cleveland OhioBy Laron Douglas September 2020
Virtual Opening of Cozad Bates HouseBy Restore Cleveland Hope September 2020
ALIEN CSI 21st Century STEM ExperienceBy Organic Connects, Inc. June 2020
The Nandily Tea LoungeBy Rachel Clark June 2020
A bee-utiful and egg-cellent urban farmBy Kyla Werlin, Program Coordinator, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Cleveland Field Office March 2020
Microgrid Engineers of Tomorrow Network or MET NetBy Philip Hewitt March 2020
BRSH: B. Riley Sober House.By Rafael (Tony) Correa December 2019
Donté's Gift ExpressBy Donté Gibbs December 2019
Motogo Mobile Shop ClassBy Molly Vaughan September 2019
I'M ALIVE YOU BASTARDS AND I ALWAYS WILL BEBy Casey Venema and Colin Anderson (Nightbloom Theatre Company) September 2019
Delivering joy through recycled flowersBy Sue Buddenbaum June 2019
Building Furniture to Build FuturesBy Anthony DiPiero June 2019
Interested in becoming a Trustee? Contact Allison Lukacsy-Love (email@example.com)
Submit an application, below, before 11:59pm on December 1, 2023 to be considered for the next grant cycle. (We will award three $1,000 grants within 3 weeks of the above deadline. We have more Trustees than ever before and as of September 2023, we've awarded $45,000 to awesome projects - how cool is that?!
This chapter of the Awesome Foundation began four years ago in spring 2019 and awards quarterly $1,000 no-strings-attached cash to projects and programs that bring maximum awesomeness to Cleveland, Ohio (projects outside of Cuyahoga County are discouraged).
Check out the list of projects that we have funded on our chapter website to get a better sense of the scope and diversity of the "shovel-ready," creative, and totally awesome projects that have already bettered the lives of the residents of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. In each case, the prospective grantee convinced us that an infusion of $1000 would make a significant & immediate impact. Our grantees have used the money to buy things like industrial flower coolers, gloves and garbage bags for cleaning up parks, an accessible commode, lumber for building bee houses, etc...but not for publishing a book or paying their rent.
…..more TIPS for applying to our chapter: - include PHOTOS! - Keeping the money local is our priority! Make sure your project is in Cuyahoga County and benefits others (ie, if you are looking for cash to open a for-profit business or fund your own salary, this is not the grant for you). - Think about the impact: is it sustainable? Will our gift be distinguishable amongst your other funders? Will our funds launch your project or be the last dollars in to make your idea a reality? - Be creative and specific - we love projects that stand out in a sea of 50+ applications each cycle and with so much to read, the best contenders for funds have succinct and specific plans to spend the cash. Tell us exactly what you will do with the funds and when. Details count!
Awesome Cleveland isn’t a foundation or a non-profit. Cash comes straight from the pockets of our passionate trustees and directly into the hands of the dreamers and doers making our community awesome. The definition of "Awesome" is left open-ended on purpose but it amounts to that intangible combination of social impact and fun. If you’ve got an innovative idea that needs support, you’ve come to the right place.
WHAT WE FUND: We fund real projects and programs that will make a real impact on the lives of those in the Greater Cleveland area.
WHAT WE DO NOT FUND: We do not fund programs that do not specifically impact those living in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. While we appreciate the good work you’re trying to do, please do not apply for funding in any of those cases.
OUR PROCESS: The trustees meet during the second week of the last month of each quarter (March, June, September, December). Directly after, we vote, announce the winner, and hand over the money! We take you at your word that you’ll finish the project within a few months time. Keep us in the loop along the way. Even if you don't get a grant, our volunteer Trustees strive to connect you with people or organizations who share your interests and pursuits. We occasionally plan ‘Awesome Happy Hours’ so stay tuned to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/awesomeCLE) for updates. We want everyone to know #ClevelandIsAwesome
Meet the Trustees
Matt and Alyson Fieldman
Jen Jones Donatelli
Whitnye Long Jones