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Come celebrate YOUR hard work to make Cleveland a more awesome place to live, work and play at our 50th Grant Celebration on June 18th FROM 5-7PM at JUKEBOX (1404 W,29th Street) in Ohio City. Free to attend, no RSVP necessary. This event is open to anyone interested in learning more about the awesome foundation as a Trustee or potential Grantee, anyone in philanthropy, or just wanting to celebrate 50 amazing ideas that have been funded by our micro-granting organization since 2019!

Recent press about our local chapter:

Interested in becoming a Trustee? Contact Allison Lukacsy-Love (

Submit an application, below, before 11:59pm on September 1, 2024 to be considered for the next grant cycle. (We will award three (3) $1,000 grants within 3 weeks of the above deadline. We have more Trustees than ever before and as of June 2024, we've awarded $52,000 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. And we DO NOT FUND FOR-PROFIT BUSINESSES.

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 ( for updates. We want everyone to know #ClevelandIsAwesome

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