Kolyada: Slavic winter festivalPar Astra Davalos November 2022
Expressing Identity Through Self-PortraitPar Caleb Bourgeois November 2022
BIPOC Book FairPar K Tempest Bradford September 2022
The Grand Diwali MusicalPar Preeti Rao September 2022
Hygiene 4 All MuralPar Dr. Sandra Comstock July 2022
Petals and Thorns: A Spoken Word JourneyPar La Toya A. Hampton aka The Poet Lady Rose July 2022
мазанка (mazanka)Par Master Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr. March 2022
Unity in Diversity: Community Dance ProjectPar Prashant Kakad January 2022
Free English Classes - Afghan Refugee CommunityPar Lauren Esula, Fund Specialist with Torus January 2022
Porch PicklesPar Theresa Q. Tran November 2021
Sky Exchange IIPar Brittany Vega September 2021
Portraits of ThemPar Holly Haney July 2021
Community Art NightPar Tosha Sketo July 2021
On the Inside book projectPar Nikki Weaver May 2021
BIPOC in PortlandPar Humaira Tasneem May 2021
RISE & ROLL Open Air Roller DiscoPar William Best March 2021
Blooming PortlandPar Aubrey Russell January 2021
Escuela Viva community muralPar Stephanie Renfro September 2020
Black Futures FarmPar Malcolm Hoover July 2020
PedalpaloozaPar Meghan Sinnott March 2020
Colors of MSPar Lindsey Holcomb January 2020
Mississippi Street Farm Stand MarketPar Rachelle Dixon November 2019
Greenhouse startupPar Michaela Freeby September 2019
Roots and Beats ProjectPar Stephanie Collier September 2019
Wooden Cutout Scavenger HuntsPar Mike Bennett August 2019
Nat Turner Project: Drinking Gourd FellowshipPar Melanie Stevens May 2019
Miss AnthologyPar Emily Lewis May 2019
OurBrellaPar Colin Platt March 2019
PPS Public Art InitiativePar Ronnie Lawton March 2019
Paper Flower Installation at PDXPar Jessica Pezalla January 2019
Learn to Build!Par Josh Jannusch November 2018
Podcasting ProgramPar Levi Eads September 2018
Domino Tournament in Dawson ParkPar Jessica Rojas August 2018
KB's Poise ParlorPar Lakeesha C Wallace July 2018
Handmade StoriesPar Arcadia Trueheart May 2018
Finders CreaturesPar Phoenix McNamara March 2018
Brain StormPar Sarah Vitak January 2018
Hallway of 1,000 Cranes: An Interactve DisplayPar Amelia Ralston-Okabayashi November 2017
Madison 34Par Christian Gabriel September 2017
Young Gifted ArtistsPar Mulu Habtemariam August 2017
Curious EarPar Jocelyn Brady June 2017
NightingalePar Sana A Goldberg January 2017
Puzzled Pint 2017Par Puzzled Pint Game Control November 2016
Cat Traps for Clackamas CountyPar Kate Northington November 2016
Making On-Demand Animal Law CLEs AccessiblePar Kate Fechter November 2016
Project POOCH, Inc.Par Joan Dalton November 2016
Spaceness 2017Par Alison J Cole October 2016
Youth Making a Change Screen-Printing SeriesPar Jennifer Phung September 2016
Barter MarketPar Andrea Lim August 2016
The Johnson Creek CollegePar Kristina Dutton July 2016
Cypher CUREPar Quincy Davis June 2016
Parking Strips for PollinatorsPar Sherrie Pelsma June 2016
The Portland 'Puggy' BankPar Heather Hawkins April 2016
We Work We WinPar Steffannie Roache February 2016
Taylor Electric RetrospectivePar Portland Street Art Alliance [Tiffany Conklin + Tomas Valladares] January 2016
The Numbers Community StudioPar Aaron Ornelas-Montes December 2015
Teaching playwriting in MacLaren CorrectionalPar Francesca Piantadosi September 2015
Portland Underground Grad SchoolPar Douglas Tsoi August 2015
Forest For The TreesPar Gage Hamilton May 2015
The Incredibly Short Film FestivalPar Chris and Eddie barnhart April 2015
King School Neighborhood MuseumPar Lisa Jarrett March 2015
No Really, We Want You to LaughPar Dave Mowry January 2015
The Abundance ProjectPar Oh Prema / Sweethome Teacup January 2015
Dignity Village Computer Lab + Storage ShedPar Katie Mays, from Dignity Village January 2015
East Portland Bike OasisPar Larry Kotan November 2014
FutelPar Karl Anderson October 2014
Diode Gallery for Electric Art - TUIO JamPar Josh Michaels August 2014
Street BooksPar Laura Moulton June 2014
Shrink Circuits Nomad LabPar Travis Feldman April 2014
Youth-Empowering Sewing (YES) (working title)Par Sarah Dee Ditson March 2014
DreamlandPar Amy Conway November 2013
Billboards O'Joy!Par Michele McKeag Larsen September 2013
Piano! Push Play!Par Megan McGeorge August 2013
XRAY.FMPar Jeff Hylton Simmons May 2013
The Gift that keeps on Giving (2.0)Par Sam Smith March 2013
Super Hero Awakening CampaignPar Renee Mitchell March 2013
LoveBomb Go-Go Marching BandPar Jason Mauer January 2013
Farmworker Struggle MuralPar Ranfis Villatoro November 2012
The Old Apple TreePar Farm School (Nolan Calisch and Molly Sherman) September 2012
Free the Billboards!Par Nina Maria Montenegro July 2012
Schoolyard FarmsPar Courtney Leeds May 2012
Next grant deadline: March 19, 2023
Applications after that date will be considered in the following cycle.
How we work
Awesome Foundation Portland is made up of awesome individuals just like you who want to see Portland become even awesomer than it already is! We award a $1,000 grant every other month to a group or individual who is making an impact in our community.
We select five finalists from all applications and invite them to pitch their project in person or by video call. Trustees have a chance to ask questions, secret themselves away to vote, and then award the grant on the spot.
What we fund:
- Projects in the Portland, Oregon area. We will consider ideas from other areas in Oregon as well but keep in mind that this is the Portland Chapter. We are looking for projects that will make Portland Awesomer!
- We will consider all causes including art, culture, community, environment, animal welfare, human rights, diversity, & community events.
- Projects with a clear demonstration on how it will impact the Portland community.
What we don’t fund:
- Individuals and personal individual projects – this means funds for rent and bills, travel, or business start-up funds.
- Individual education/trainings
- General operating funds for nonprofits.
- Be sure to detail how your project will make Portland more awesome.
- Detail how you will spend $1,000. Project budgets are encouraged.
- Provide as many details as you can. Where will this project be located? Is it city-wide or in a specific neighborhood?
We prefer to fund projects that will make a difference, that demonstrate the ability to deliver, and where our $1,000 make a difference. We prefer applicants who are not able to acquire funds through more traditional funding streams because they are individuals or groups without non-profit status, completely new ideas that do not necessarily fit within other grant opportunities, and that are based on equity and inclusion.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us as an Awesome Portland trustee!
What’s a trustee? We’re glad you asked! Becoming a trustee is a low time-commitment, non-bureaucratic, and easy way to make a big difference. You get to decide where your funds go.
Contribution: Commit $100 every other month in the interest of awesome.
Participation: Help us review applications and decide who gets our $1,000 every other month and attend a total of 3 meetings every other month. Those are the basics, but if you want to do a little more, you can volunteer to help with the small amount of administrative and program growth work that we do. Due to COVID concerns, we’ve been meeting virtually since March 2020 — you don’t even have to take off your pajamas.
What's the time commitment?
While we prefer it, we do not require that trustees participate in all 6 funding cycles. If you want to talk about how you would be comfortable participating, we definitely want to hear from you!
Each cycle, we have 3 meetings:
- In the non-grant month, we hold a general business meeting.
- In the grant month, we have a meeting to decide which projects will be the 5 finalists.
- Next, we hold a meeting where the finalists to give a 3-minute presentation and answer our questions. We then go into a private room and vote. The project with the most votes is the winner!
Sound like fun? Tell us a little about yourself...
A trustee will email or give you a call to give you background on our group.