Reconnecting ReentryPar Amanda Cary June 2021
Let STEM Be Your GuidePar Dale Rush March 2020
Ending Diaper NeedPar Meagan Leimena December 2019
MotherWise Postpartum Mental Health TextsPar Jennifer Schermerhorn December 2019
SeekHealingPar Megan Piscitelle September 2019
Colorful Pages CoalitionPar Bianca Gragg August 2019
Playground StagePar Leslie Putnam July 2019
The Prison Songwriting ProjectPar Amalia Grannis April 2019
Affrilachia & AppalachA'villle Together at YMIPar Carol Boggess March 2019
Asheville Mini Maker FairePar Steve Altemeier February 2019
BlkGirlAffirming (Yoga as Embodied Social Change)Par Jazmin Rogers August 2018
Ukulele ChorusPar Susan Carrara June 2018
The AMC's SHOW TRUCKPar Aaron Snook April 2018
Booth Fairy Project (Sh#%ty Advice $1.00 booth)Par Elle Erickson April 2018
Circus Arts for Personal Enrichment (CAPE)Par Hazel Willis March 2018
Earthy Summer Camps for Underserved YouthPar Lena Christine Ruark-Eastes March 2018
Awesome AshevilleFM on Wheels!Par Friends of Community Radio, Inc. December 2017
HexPar Removed on request November 2017
AC Reynolds Clothing ClosetPar Tammy Young September 2017
Story Art ProjectPar Jim Stilwell July 2017
Community Creativity & Celebration at LedgewoodPar Alina Ever & Melody Henry July 2017
Appalachian Medical SolidarityPar Dave Pike May 2017
Cancer Transitions:Moving Beyond TreatmentPar Catherine Desfosses May 2017
Reach for the SunPar Erin Manuel March 2017
The 90-Second Newbery Film FestivalPar James Kennedy March 2017
The Fish TankPar Doriyan Johnson December 2016
Water Catchment System at VEG!Par Jonathan Williams October 2016
Chefs @ DowntownWelcome Table Creative PartnershipPar Laura Kirby September 2016
Rights Of Passage Adventure WeekendPar Jordan Foltz September 2016
Forensics in the classroomPar Renata Crawley June 2016
Free Range AshevillePar Jeff Arnal May 2016
Welcome Home ProjectPar Jenny Simmons March 2016
Signs of AcceptancePar Steve Shell January 2016
The Asheville Chapter of the Awesome Foundation is a fully autonomous chapter that supports local projects through micro-grants of $1000. The funds come out of the pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given to both people and groups working on awesome projects. 501c3 status is not a requirement! The grants can go to groups, individuals, or small non-profit organizations.
We are entirely run by volunteers and there is no overhead for administration.
If you would like to apply for a grant, please think about whether your project fits these criteria:
1) Is it awesome? (We LOVE creative and impactful.)
2) Does it directly benefit Western North Carolina? (We don't even have enough resources to fund all of the awesome in this region. If you're applying from somewhere else, please think about a chapter closer to where you live.)
3) Will $1,000 make or break your project? (If you are asking for $1000 as part of a $300,000 campaign, it will be hard to see our impact.)
IF YOUR PROJECT IS TIME SENSITIVE, PLEASE APPLY WELL IN ADVANCE AND REFER TO THE DEADLINES BELOW.
Please note that we do not typically fund: travel, salaries, or living expenses. While we would love to be able to fund personal development projects, our limited funds do not allow us to do so. If you are intending to write, are in the process or writing, or have written a book, we commend you for undertaking such a task, but are unlikely to give a grant towards publishing, marketing, or creating your book.
If you have a question about the application process, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those unable to complete the application online can call or text us at 828-771-6776.
We are also looking for new Trustees to join us! If you have the time to join, or would like to sponsor someone else in the community who you know (or someone who we think would make a great Trustee) please contact us at email@example.com.
UPDATE Our first grant cycle of 2021 is starting! Please have your application to us no later than June 6th. We will let finalists know by June 12th and will host a Pitch Party to pick a winner on June 20th at 7pm (location TBD). Thank you for your patience as we get Awesome Asheville back on track.
If your project is picked as a finalist, we will ask you to attend a live event in Asheville to give a five-minute presentation and answer questions about your project.