Let STEM Be Your GuidePor Dale Rush March 2020
Ending Diaper NeedPor Meagan Leimena December 2019
MotherWise Postpartum Mental Health TextsPor Jennifer Schermerhorn December 2019
SeekHealingPor Megan Piscitelle September 2019
Colorful Pages CoalitionPor Bianca Gragg August 2019
Playground StagePor Leslie Putnam July 2019
The Prison Songwriting ProjectPor Amalia Grannis April 2019
Affrilachia & AppalachA'villle Together at YMIPor Carol Boggess March 2019
Asheville Mini Maker FairePor Steve Altemeier February 2019
BlkGirlAffirming (Yoga as Embodied Social Change)Por Jazmin Rogers August 2018
Ukulele ChorusPor Susan Carrara June 2018
The AMC's SHOW TRUCKPor Aaron Snook April 2018
Booth Fairy Project (Sh#%ty Advice $1.00 booth)Por Elle Erickson April 2018
Circus Arts for Personal Enrichment (CAPE)Por Hazel Willis March 2018
Earthy Summer Camps for Underserved YouthPor Lena Christine Ruark-Eastes March 2018
Awesome AshevilleFM on Wheels!Por Friends of Community Radio, Inc. December 2017
HexPor Removed on request November 2017
AC Reynolds Clothing ClosetPor Tammy Young September 2017
Story Art ProjectPor Jim Stilwell July 2017
Community Creativity & Celebration at LedgewoodPor Alina Ever & Melody Henry July 2017
Appalachian Medical SolidarityPor Dave Pike May 2017
Cancer Transitions:Moving Beyond TreatmentPor Catherine Desfosses May 2017
Reach for the SunPor Erin Manuel March 2017
The 90-Second Newbery Film FestivalPor James Kennedy March 2017
The Fish TankPor Doriyan Johnson December 2016
Water Catchment System at VEG!Por Jonathan Williams October 2016
Chefs @ DowntownWelcome Table Creative PartnershipPor Laura Kirby September 2016
Rights Of Passage Adventure WeekendPor Jordan Foltz September 2016
Forensics in the classroomPor Renata Crawley June 2016
Free Range AshevillePor Jeff Arnal May 2016
Welcome Home ProjectPor Jenny Simmons March 2016
Signs of AcceptancePor Steve Shell January 2016
The Asheville Chapter of the Awesome Foundation is a fully autonomous chapter that supports local projects through micro-grants of $1000. The funds come out of the pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given to both people and groups working on awesome projects. 501c3 status is not a requirement! The grants can go to groups, individuals, or small non-profit organizations.
We are entirely run by volunteers and there is no overhead for administration.
If you would like to apply for a grant, please think about whether your project fits these criteria:
1) Is it awesome? (We LOVE creative and impactful.)
2) Does it directly benefit Western North Carolina? (We don't even have enough resources to fund all of the awesome in this region. If you're applying from somewhere else, please think about a chapter closer to where you live.)
3) Will $1,000 make or break your project? (If you are asking for $1000 as part of a $300,000 campaign, it will be hard to see our impact.)
IF YOUR PROJECT IS TIME SENSITIVE, PLEASE APPLY WELL IN ADVANCE AND REFER TO THE DEADLINES BELOW.
Please note that we do not typically fund: travel, salaries, or living expenses. While we would love to be able to fund personal development projects, our limited funds do not allow us to do so. If you are intending to write, are in the process or writing, or have written a book, we commend you for undertaking such a task, but are unlikely to give a grant towards publishing, marketing, or creating your book.
If you have a question about the application process, please email us at email@example.com.
Those unable to complete the application online can call or text us at 828-771-6776.
We are also looking for new Trustees to join us! If you have the time to join, or would like to sponsor someone else in the community who you know (or someone who we think would make a great Trustee) please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE Our first grant cycle of 2021 is starting! Please have your application to us no later than June 6th. We will let finalists know by June 12th and will host a Pitch Party to pick a winner on June 20th at 7pm (location TBD). Thank you for your patience as we get Awesome Asheville back on track.
If your project is picked as a finalist, we will ask you to attend a live event in Asheville to give a five-minute presentation and answer questions about your project.