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Rethink Recycling Lid Sorting ProgramPar Kym O'Shannassy July 2023
Sabbatical Gallery This is Not a Toy StorePar Kay-Lynn Cavanagh June 2023
Refugee & Friends MarketPar Marjorie Tenchavez May 2023
Igniting a Passion for STEM in Brunswick!Par Lillian Smith April 2023
A hub for Mums of the HillsPar Mums of the Hills (Madeleine Coyle) March 2023
Love (Let Our Voices Echo)Par Emmanuel Deng February 2023
Come and play!Par Engela van der Klashorst January 2023
Keeping Collingwood Cows Happy !Par Dale Jobson December 2022
Beacon ProjectPar Andrew December 2022
Paddling to the Asian ChampionshipsPar Racheal Blake October 2022
An utterly fabulous wall mural by Monica LazzariPar Kirsten Matthews October 2022
Karuna Women's Sewing ProjectPar Nathan Buckley September 2022
Custom-Made Laryngoscopes for Australian MammalsPar Girius Antanaitis August 2022
Be Kind Roller SkatesPar Roz Slade July 2022
UV PhotoboothPar Grace Tang July 2022
Netball UniformsPar Kelly Fergie June 2022
Moonee Valley Repair CafePar Charlie Nancarrow May 2022
The Aus Paraclimbing Team's World Cup JourneyPar Sarah Larcombe April 2022
Pixellated the GamePar Zahraa Al Zubaydi March 2022
Snowglobe LGBTQIA+ Support Services AI ChatbotPar Jessica Sutherland February 2022
GINA AppPar Leah Tassios January 2022
A STAGE for our performersPar Breanne Mills November 2021
Fungi SolutionsPar Amanda Morgan October 2021
Dallas Disco SoupPar Carolyn Webster September 2021
SS Stallions Netball Club UniformsPar Jacki Tut August 2021
Dinosaurs can skate with VandalPar Tricia Van Der-Kuyp June 2021
Techno-RomancePar Holly Block May 2021
Off Lead - web seriesPar Lauren Colosimo April 2021
Ectodermal dysplasia campPar Emma March 2021
Wheelie Awesome WamindaPar Waminda Community House February 2021
Consent Workshops for Low Socioeconomic SchoolsPar Kishan Pathak January 2021
Spill the Chai: Melbourne EditionPar Dilpreet Taggar November 2020
Big Group HugPar Donna De Bortoli October 2020
Schizy SpeaksPar Heidi Everett September 2020
Lockdown LegendsPar Preethi Vergis August 2020
Buy Bla(c)kPar jessica ankomah July 2020
Guru Nanak's Free Community Kitchen & Food PantryPar Gurvinder Singh Madaan June 2020
Birds of PreyPar Amber Steele May 2020
Avenel's Awesome Cubby House!Par Avenel Kindergarten (Emma Larsen) April 2020
The Waminda WallPar Janet Symes March 2020
Encompassible: Melbourne Youth Peer MentoringPar Lily Wu February 2020
Mental Health Careres Respite DayPar Rebecca Martindale January 2020
Dishwasher for foodbank volunteersPar Carol Franceschi November 2019
My Very Cool Project For GeographyPar Angus Paterson October 2019
Wheels for DancingPar Jacqi Spencer September 2019
Fifth Element Academy: Math + Hip HopPar Preethi Vergis August 2019
'I AM' art exhibitionPar Lenka Brazda July 2019
Now You See UsPar Lee Cohen June 2019
Reaching for GoldPar Sam Cartledge May 2019
Children of CherbourgPar John harding February 2019
Day Hospice guest bus pick upPar Kerry Dmytrenko February 2019
Kensington Social Inclusion Week LunchPar Carolyn Webster August 2018
The arts as a therapy in stroke recoveryPar Carly Stephens August 2018
ANIKAPar Perveen Maan May 2018
Wheelie Good GreenhousePar Morgan Koegel March 2018
Let's readPar Andrew Kay February 2018
Kids' Urban DreamingPar Clare Walton February 2018
Teddy Bears PicnicPar Georgia Jacobs & Fartun Abdi November 2017
An awesome VIP Day for Melbourne's homelessPar Marcus Crook November 2017
Equal Access to Healthcare for Transgender PeoplePar Tina Shaw September 2017
Dinosaur- Library Takeover: Kids change the world!Par Erin Wicking September 2017
The Strong Sunflower bookPar Writing Through Fences - Janet Galbraith & Rose Turtle Ertler July 2017
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KitestringPar Ryan Hubbard April 2017
Pay A sack ForwardPar Kunti Benson March 2017
Friendship Dog FoundationPar Hari Jeevakumar February 2017
Audio Description in VictoriaPar Will McRostie January 2017
Greening Kensington’s Industrial StreetsPar Loretta Curtin November 2016
Pihuru Community Sanitation ProjectPar Silas Wagatora October 2016
The Ultimate Pop Up Junkyard PlaygroundPar Clare Walton September 2016
Complimentary CaravanPar Rose Turtle Ertler August 2016
Pumped for ParolePar Fiona Grinwald July 2016
Mechanical YouthPar Shane Elmore May 2016
The Day Dream ProgramPar Madeleine Buchner April 2016
The Wonder Woman BootcampPar Olivia Shelton March 2016
Community Workshop: On The MovePar Margaux Hayes January 2016
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Be. Bangles - Inspirational bangles for womenPar Chantelle Baxter October 2015
The Tasmanian Tree ProjectPar Jennifer Sanger September 2015
Happy HubbubPar Erin Richards August 2015
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PROJECT HONEYCOMBPar Christopher Kowalski July 2015
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EDDIES BACKPACKSPar DARRELL J CRUSE April 2014
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National Boat DayPar Michael Roper December 2013
Traveling Gypsy for DisabledPar Robert Willi Fantom October 2013
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Mini Free LibraryPar Lisa D'Onofrio September 2013
The Grantmaker Jukebox: Music that makes new grantPar Rachael Byrnes February 2013
PetHomeStay Videos - Sharing the Care of Pets!Par Tom LeGrice December 2012
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All Of The NumbersPar Kealey Nutt - @kealey September 2012
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httpmotePar Mitch Denny April 2012
Poo Power!Par Duncan Chew April 2012
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Making our world more awesome $1,000 at a time.
Applications are open to all awesome projects in the greater Melbourne area. We are an active chapter which awards a $1,000 grant on the last Tuesday of each month (submissions close 12pm on the Sunday prior).
The Melbourne chapter consists of 10 board members who meet each month to review every submission. Each board member contributes $100 to the winner's grant. So why should ten strangers give you their money?
Please read the information below to give your application the best chance of success.
- Exciting and kooky projects.
- Exciting and impactful projects that make Melbourne more aewsome.
- Having a "tipping point" of $1000 or less and our grant is what's needed to make it happen.
- Ideas that will be a catalyst to kick-start something bigger.
- When you clearly explain where the money will be spent (Hint: "marketing" or "website" is not specific enough).
- When your story pulls on our heart strings.
- When you include the word "dinosaur" at the beginning of your application to show us you can follow instructions.
- Brief pitches with a weblink and one really good photo.
- When you follow us on social media and help us celebrate awsome projects by linking, commenting on and sharing some of our posts.
- Instagram, Facebook, Twitter / X
We are not so keen on:
- Paying for operating or personal expenses.
- Funding your book, video, blog, website, social media, advertising, etc.
- Giving money to a people who earn a lot more money than we do. We're not rich. We're teachers, retirees, and students.
- Funding projects for an organisation that already has revenues and/or grants of more than $8000 in the past year.
- Long pitches.
- Funding non-Melbourne area projects. If you are from another area, sorry, try your local chapter.
- Grant applications where the applicant has not read or followed this page of guidelines.
After you submit
- Winners will be emailed within 3 business days of the last Tuesday of each month.
- Wheny our project has been completed and the impact is clear, you will send us a short write-up (75-100 words) and photos demonstrating the impact and success of the project, for sharing on this website and social media.
- Money will only be transferred to Australian bank accounts. If you are from overseas, sorry, try your local Awesome Foundation.
- You are welcome to resubmit an application for the same (or a different) project in 3 months.
- If you have won a grant, please wait 12 months before applying again.