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A Propos

UPDATE FOR MAY APPLICANTS

We are hosting a Mega Pitch Night on Thursday 24 May in Melbourne.

And are still looking for a couple more pitches worthy of $3000.

If you have an idea or project that will see success with $3000 then please apply here.

Note - your project needs to show a specific use of the money and targets for success. Show us what the outcomes are going to be and why you need the money. You will also need to be available to pitch in Melbourne at 6pm Thursday 24th May

Applications will close at 5pm Wednesday 16 May.

Good Luck

We're all into one thing: seeing good ideas go far. Especially the kooky ones.

Overview

Applications are open to all awesome projects, we are an active chapter which awards a $1000 grant on the last Tuesday of each month (Applications close 12pm on the last Tuesday).

The Melbourne chapter consists of 10 board members who meet each month to review every application. Each board member contributes $100 to the winner's grant. This means you're asking strangers to give you money out of their pocket with no strings attached. Keep that in mind as you write your application.

  • Winners will be phoned within 3 business days of the last Tuesday of each month.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will not receive feedback on their submissions or be notified of the outcome (we are volunteers and simply do not have the capacity, sorry).
  • 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.
  • For the best chance of success please read and follow the guidelines below.

Please read the information below to give your application the best chance of success.

We love:

  • Innovative, exciting and unusual ideas.
  • Seriously, we're here to fund the ideas that other foundations won't, so weird is great!
  • Applications that clearly explain where the money will be spent. (Hint: "marketing" or "website" isn't specific enough.)
  • Ideas filled with passion.
  • Projects where the grant will be a catalyst to kickstart something truly awesome.
  • People who are so dedicated to doing something awesome that they'll read all of the bullet points before applying. Please include the word "dinosaur" at the beginning of your application to show us you're serious.

We are not so keen on:

  • Paying for your rent or living expenses.
  • Funding marketing for existing projects.
  • Giving money to a project that already has a load of funding; we want to make it happen!
  • Funding travel expenses.
  • Proposals that are not clear what the impact would be of the grant.

Bonus hint: Our decision often comes down to how well you've answer the question 'How will you use the money?' Please make sure you take some time to be really clear and specific about what the grant would be spent on and what that would achieve.

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