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Awesome Rochester provides $1000 microgrants to help make Rochester more awesome.

We are Rochesterians eager to ‘foster the creation of surprise and delight’ in our community, and every other month we'll give $1000 to someone doing something that spreads joy or makes people laugh or makes us wonder.

Tell me more! This is no-strings-attached, wow-us-with-your awesomeness money. No reports, no tax-deductions, no non-profit status needed and no lengthy proposals. ANYONE can apply.

Wait, what? Anyone working on something fun, interesting, lovely, joy-inducing, thought-provoking, kindness spreading, curiosity-inspiring in Rochester can – and should – apply! We fund people who want to make their idea come to life in a way that makes our community more awesome. We generally prefer to fund individuals (instead of organizations), but on occasion we may change our mind!

How much? The winner receives $1000 to do their project. The sooner the better so that it inspires more awesomeness. Our ultimate goal is to create a self-generating culture of awesomeness in Rochester. No final reports required, but pics, social media and a visit with trustees to talk about your awesomeness is appreciated!

Is there fine print? Only that we don't generally fund organizations or personal use projects (ie home repair/vacations/sports cars/book writing projects/etc) or vague ideas. We want to see innovative, happiness making projects in Rochester that ideally help generate more smiles in our community.

Deadlines: We meet every other month, and the deadline for that months review process is on the 10th. So to be considered for the October award, please submit your awesome idea by 10/10. All entries entered after that date will be considered for the December award, which has a 12/10 deadline - and so on.

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