The Weary Wanderers WaystationBy Jenka Soderberg March 2023
Push MovementBy Stevie Moe January 2023
Expressing Identity Through Self-PortraitBy Caleb Bourgeois November 2022
Kolyada: Slavic winter festivalBy Astra Davalos November 2022
The Grand Diwali MusicalBy Preeti Rao September 2022
BIPOC Book FairBy K Tempest Bradford September 2022
Hygiene 4 All MuralBy Dr. Sandra Comstock July 2022
Petals and Thorns: A Spoken Word JourneyBy La Toya A. Hampton aka The Poet Lady Rose July 2022
мазанка (mazanka)By Master Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr. March 2022
Free English Classes - Afghan Refugee CommunityBy Lauren Esula, Fund Specialist with Torus January 2022
Unity in Diversity: Community Dance ProjectBy Prashant Kakad January 2022
Porch PicklesBy Theresa Q. Tran November 2021
Sky Exchange IIBy Brittany Vega September 2021
Community Art NightBy Tosha Sketo July 2021
Portraits of ThemBy Holly Haney July 2021
BIPOC in PortlandBy Humaira Tasneem May 2021
On the Inside book projectBy Nikki Weaver May 2021
RISE & ROLL Open Air Roller DiscoBy William Best March 2021
Blooming PortlandBy Aubrey Russell January 2021
Escuela Viva community muralBy Stephanie Renfro September 2020
Black Futures FarmBy Malcolm Hoover July 2020
PedalpaloozaBy Meghan Sinnott March 2020
Colors of MSBy Lindsey Holcomb January 2020
Mississippi Street Farm Stand MarketBy Rachelle Dixon November 2019
Greenhouse startupBy Michaela Freeby September 2019
Roots and Beats ProjectBy Stephanie Collier September 2019
Wooden Cutout Scavenger HuntsBy Mike Bennett August 2019
Miss AnthologyBy Emily Lewis May 2019
Nat Turner Project: Drinking Gourd FellowshipBy Melanie Stevens May 2019
OurBrellaBy Colin Platt March 2019
PPS Public Art InitiativeBy Ronnie Lawton March 2019
Paper Flower Installation at PDXBy Jessica Pezalla January 2019
Learn to Build!By Josh Jannusch November 2018
Podcasting ProgramBy Levi Eads September 2018
Domino Tournament in Dawson ParkBy Jessica Rojas August 2018
KB's Poise ParlorBy Lakeesha C Wallace July 2018
Handmade StoriesBy Arcadia Trueheart May 2018
Finders CreaturesBy Phoenix McNamara March 2018
Brain StormBy Sarah Vitak January 2018
Hallway of 1,000 Cranes: An Interactve DisplayBy Amelia Ralston-Okabayashi November 2017
Madison 34By Christian Gabriel September 2017
Young Gifted ArtistsBy Mulu Habtemariam August 2017
Curious EarBy Jocelyn Brady June 2017
NightingaleBy Sana A Goldberg January 2017
Puzzled Pint 2017By Puzzled Pint Game Control November 2016
Cat Traps for Clackamas CountyBy Kate Northington November 2016
Making On-Demand Animal Law CLEs AccessibleBy Kate Fechter November 2016
Project POOCH, Inc.By Joan Dalton November 2016
Spaceness 2017By Alison J Cole October 2016
Youth Making a Change Screen-Printing SeriesBy Jennifer Phung September 2016
Barter MarketBy Andrea Lim August 2016
The Johnson Creek CollegeBy Kristina Dutton July 2016
Cypher CUREBy Quincy Davis June 2016
Parking Strips for PollinatorsBy Sherrie Pelsma June 2016
The Portland 'Puggy' BankBy Heather Hawkins April 2016
We Work We WinBy Steffannie Roache February 2016
Taylor Electric RetrospectiveBy Portland Street Art Alliance [Tiffany Conklin + Tomas Valladares] January 2016
The Numbers Community StudioBy Aaron Ornelas-Montes December 2015
Teaching playwriting in MacLaren CorrectionalBy Francesca Piantadosi September 2015
Portland Underground Grad SchoolBy Douglas Tsoi August 2015
Forest For The TreesBy Gage Hamilton May 2015
The Incredibly Short Film FestivalBy Chris and Eddie barnhart April 2015
King School Neighborhood MuseumBy Lisa Jarrett March 2015
No Really, We Want You to LaughBy Dave Mowry January 2015
The Abundance ProjectBy Oh Prema / Sweethome Teacup January 2015
Dignity Village Computer Lab + Storage ShedBy Katie Mays, from Dignity Village January 2015
East Portland Bike OasisBy Larry Kotan November 2014
FutelBy Karl Anderson October 2014
Diode Gallery for Electric Art - TUIO JamBy Josh Michaels August 2014
Street BooksBy Laura Moulton June 2014
Shrink Circuits Nomad LabBy Travis Feldman April 2014
Youth-Empowering Sewing (YES) (working title)By Sarah Dee Ditson March 2014
DreamlandBy Amy Conway November 2013
Billboards O'Joy!By Michele McKeag Larsen September 2013
Piano! Push Play!By Megan McGeorge August 2013
XRAY.FMBy Jeff Hylton Simmons May 2013
The Gift that keeps on Giving (2.0)By Sam Smith March 2013
Super Hero Awakening CampaignBy Renee Mitchell March 2013
LoveBomb Go-Go Marching BandBy Jason Mauer January 2013
Farmworker Struggle MuralBy Ranfis Villatoro November 2012
The Old Apple TreeBy Farm School (Nolan Calisch and Molly Sherman) September 2012
Free the Billboards!By Nina Maria Montenegro July 2012
Schoolyard FarmsBy Courtney Leeds May 2012
Next grant deadline: May 14, 2023
Applications after that date will be considered in the following cycle.
Remaining grant deadlines for 2023: July 16, September 17, and November 19.
How we work
Awesome Foundation Portland is made up of awesome individuals just like you who want to see Portland become even awesomer than it already is! We award a $1,000 grant every other month to a group or individual who is making an impact in our community.
We select five finalists from all applications and invite them to pitch their project in person or by video call. Trustees have a chance to ask questions, secret themselves away to vote, and then award the grant on the spot.
What we fund:
- Projects in the Portland, Oregon area. We will consider ideas from other areas in Oregon as well but keep in mind that this is the Portland Chapter. We are looking for projects that will make Portland Awesomer!
- We will consider all causes including art, culture, community, environment, animal welfare, human rights, diversity, & community events.
- Projects with a clear demonstration on how it will impact the Portland community.
What we don’t fund:
- Individuals and personal individual projects – this means funds for rent and bills, travel, or business start-up funds.
- Individual education/trainings
- General operating funds for nonprofits.
- Be sure to detail how your project will make Portland more awesome.
- Detail how you will spend $1,000. Project budgets are encouraged.
- Provide as many details as you can. Where will this project be located? Is it city-wide or in a specific neighborhood?
We prefer to fund projects that will make a difference, that demonstrate the ability to deliver, and where our $1,000 make a difference. We prefer applicants who are not able to acquire funds through more traditional funding streams because they are individuals or groups without non-profit status, completely new ideas that do not necessarily fit within other grant opportunities, and that are based on equity and inclusion.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us as an Awesome Portland trustee!
What’s a trustee? We’re glad you asked! Becoming a trustee is a low time-commitment, non-bureaucratic, and easy way to make a big difference. You get to decide where your funds go.
Contribution: Commit $100 every other month in the interest of awesome.
Participation: Help us review applications and decide who gets our $1,000 every other month and attend a total of 3 meetings every other month. Those are the basics, but if you want to do a little more, you can volunteer to help with the small amount of administrative and program growth work that we do. Due to COVID concerns, we’ve been meeting virtually since March 2020 — you don’t even have to take off your pajamas.
What's the time commitment?
While we prefer it, we do not require that trustees participate in all 6 funding cycles. If you want to talk about how you would be comfortable participating, we definitely want to hear from you!
Each cycle, we have 3 meetings:
- In the non-grant month, we hold a general business meeting.
- In the grant month, we have a meeting to decide which projects will be the 5 finalists.
- Next, we hold a meeting where the finalists to give a 3-minute presentation and answer our questions. We then go into a private room and vote. The project with the most votes is the winner!
Sound like fun? Tell us a little about yourself...
A trustee will email or give you a call to give you background on our group.