Portland, OR

A Propos

Next grant application deadline: September 19, 2021

Our next grant finalist event will (probably) be an in-person event in Portland on September 28th!

2021 grant cycle cutoffs are Jan 17, March 14, May 16, July 18, Sept 19, and Nov 7. Applications after those dates 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. See below for what we fund.

Each Awesome Trustee contributes $100 of our own cash into the Awesome Foundation Fund. 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 Awesome Foundation 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 & inclusion, & 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.

Additional tips

  • 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?

Questions? Email us at info@awesomeportland.org.


Join us as an Awesome Portland trustee!

Trustees commit $100 every other month towards our grants. They play an active role in reviewing applications and deciding on winners. It's super fun and rewarding!

In addition, trustees pitch in on chapter business like maintaining our social media presence, communicating with applicants and winners, and general administrative whatnots.

Interested? Email us at info@awesomeportland.com.


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