Five Oh FivePor Maya Lakerink August 2023
Rethink Recycling Lid Sorting ProgramPor Kym O'Shannassy July 2023
Sabbatical Gallery This is Not a Toy StorePor Kay-Lynn Cavanagh June 2023
Refugee & Friends MarketPor Marjorie Tenchavez May 2023
Igniting a Passion for STEM in Brunswick!Por Lillian Smith April 2023
A hub for Mums of the HillsPor Mums of the Hills (Madeleine Coyle) March 2023
Love (Let Our Voices Echo)Por Emmanuel Deng February 2023
Come and play!Por Engela van der Klashorst January 2023
Keeping Collingwood Cows Happy !Por Dale Jobson December 2022
Beacon ProjectPor Andrew December 2022
Paddling to the Asian ChampionshipsPor Racheal Blake October 2022
An utterly fabulous wall mural by Monica LazzariPor Kirsten Matthews October 2022
Karuna Women's Sewing ProjectPor Nathan Buckley September 2022
Custom-Made Laryngoscopes for Australian MammalsPor Girius Antanaitis August 2022
Be Kind Roller SkatesPor Roz Slade July 2022
UV PhotoboothPor Grace Tang July 2022
Netball UniformsPor Kelly Fergie June 2022
Moonee Valley Repair CafePor Charlie Nancarrow May 2022
The Aus Paraclimbing Team's World Cup JourneyPor Sarah Larcombe April 2022
Pixellated the GamePor Zahraa Al Zubaydi March 2022
Snowglobe LGBTQIA+ Support Services AI ChatbotPor Jessica Sutherland February 2022
GINA AppPor Leah Tassios January 2022
A STAGE for our performersPor Breanne Mills November 2021
Fungi SolutionsPor Amanda Morgan October 2021
Dallas Disco SoupPor Carolyn Webster September 2021
SS Stallions Netball Club UniformsPor Jacki Tut August 2021
Dinosaurs can skate with VandalPor Tricia Van Der-Kuyp June 2021
Techno-RomancePor Holly Block May 2021
Off Lead - web seriesPor Lauren Colosimo April 2021
Ectodermal dysplasia campPor Emma March 2021
Wheelie Awesome WamindaPor Waminda Community House February 2021
Consent Workshops for Low Socioeconomic SchoolsPor Kishan Pathak January 2021
Spill the Chai: Melbourne EditionPor Dilpreet Taggar November 2020
Big Group HugPor Donna De Bortoli October 2020
Schizy SpeaksPor Heidi Everett September 2020
Lockdown LegendsPor Preethi Vergis August 2020
Buy Bla(c)kPor jessica ankomah July 2020
Guru Nanak's Free Community Kitchen & Food PantryPor Gurvinder Singh Madaan June 2020
Birds of PreyPor Amber Steele May 2020
Avenel's Awesome Cubby House!Por Avenel Kindergarten (Emma Larsen) April 2020
The Waminda WallPor Janet Symes March 2020
Encompassible: Melbourne Youth Peer MentoringPor Lily Wu February 2020
Mental Health Careres Respite DayPor Rebecca Martindale January 2020
Dishwasher for foodbank volunteersPor Carol Franceschi November 2019
My Very Cool Project For GeographyPor Angus Paterson October 2019
Wheels for DancingPor Jacqi Spencer September 2019
Fifth Element Academy: Math + Hip HopPor Preethi Vergis August 2019
'I AM' art exhibitionPor Lenka Brazda July 2019
Now You See UsPor Lee Cohen June 2019
Reaching for GoldPor Sam Cartledge May 2019
Children of CherbourgPor John harding February 2019
Day Hospice guest bus pick upPor Kerry Dmytrenko February 2019
Kensington Social Inclusion Week LunchPor Carolyn Webster August 2018
The arts as a therapy in stroke recoveryPor Carly Stephens August 2018
ANIKAPor Perveen Maan May 2018
Wheelie Good GreenhousePor Morgan Koegel March 2018
Let's readPor Andrew Kay February 2018
Kids' Urban DreamingPor Clare Walton February 2018
Teddy Bears PicnicPor Georgia Jacobs & Fartun Abdi November 2017
An awesome VIP Day for Melbourne's homelessPor Marcus Crook November 2017
Equal Access to Healthcare for Transgender PeoplePor Tina Shaw September 2017
Dinosaur- Library Takeover: Kids change the world!Por Erin Wicking September 2017
The Strong Sunflower bookPor Writing Through Fences - Janet Galbraith & Rose Turtle Ertler July 2017
Gravity InitiativePor Emily Serle June 2017
KitestringPor Ryan Hubbard April 2017
Pay A sack ForwardPor Kunti Benson March 2017
Friendship Dog FoundationPor Hari Jeevakumar February 2017
Audio Description in VictoriaPor Will McRostie January 2017
Greening Kensington’s Industrial StreetsPor Loretta Curtin November 2016
Pihuru Community Sanitation ProjectPor Silas Wagatora October 2016
The Ultimate Pop Up Junkyard PlaygroundPor Clare Walton September 2016
Complimentary CaravanPor Rose Turtle Ertler August 2016
Pumped for ParolePor Fiona Grinwald July 2016
Mechanical YouthPor Shane Elmore May 2016
The Day Dream ProgramPor Madeleine Buchner April 2016
The Wonder Woman BootcampPor Olivia Shelton March 2016
Community Workshop: On The MovePor Margaux Hayes January 2016
Unique walking tours of MelbournePor Joanne Jenkins December 2015
Be. Bangles - Inspirational bangles for womenPor Chantelle Baxter October 2015
The Tasmanian Tree ProjectPor Jennifer Sanger September 2015
Happy HubbubPor Erin Richards August 2015
InstagranPor Kyle Vermeulen August 2015
PROJECT HONEYCOMBPor Christopher Kowalski July 2015
Sunshine Children's GardenPor Joyce Watts / Jo Skaldzien June 2015
Up-skilling at Norm Community WorkshopPor margaux hayes May 2015
The Welcome Dinner Project VictoriaPor Meagan Williams April 2015
Second Star - Mermaid BarPor Brianna Lund April 2015
Long Johns CondomsPor Brad Zadow April 2015
The Man CavePor Hunter Johnson April 2015
Australian Ichthyosis MeetPor Carly Findlay January 2015
Wearable Arts Experience - From Concept to catwalkPor Alison Jones November 2014
The Melbourne Hidden GiftPor Hidden Gift Melbourne October 2014
Long Street Coffee Training Pop-upPor Jane Marx September 2014
PointsThingPor Jacob Kemsley August 2014
Our World Our VisionPor Atalanti Dionysus August 2014
TEAM OF LIFEPor KAGE (Submitted by Simone Schinkel - General Manager and Producer at KAGE) June 2014
Bosom BuddiesPor Anna Kaplan May 2014
Electrical Wiring Pilot Program for Women in NepalPor Briony Mackenzie May 2014
EDDIES BACKPACKSPor DARRELL J CRUSE April 2014
Seen & Heard Film Festival - MelbournePor Mia Falstein-Rush February 2014
National Boat DayPor Michael Roper December 2013
Traveling Gypsy for DisabledPor Robert Willi Fantom October 2013
GrowstuffPor Alex Bayley September 2013
Mini Free LibraryPor Lisa D'Onofrio September 2013
The Grantmaker Jukebox: Music that makes new grantPor Rachael Byrnes February 2013
PetHomeStay Videos - Sharing the Care of Pets!Por Tom LeGrice December 2012
Beerend - It's like a bookend for your beerPor Zac Martin November 2012
ideservetooPor Juste Angelo Compaore November 2012
Good CyclesPor luke wright October 2012
All Of The NumbersPor Kealey Nutt - @kealey September 2012
Do it on the RoofPor Dr Shelley Meagher August 2012
Handmade Dog Coats & Vests for Pounds and Rescues.Por Tania Quinlan August 2012
The World's First Comfort Zone CalculatorPor Marcus Taylor August 2012
Freelove Magazine MelbournePor Scott Ashby June 2012
Roll-Up Bike Valet for Park(ing) Day 2012Por Joyce Watts May 2012
The Ownership ProjectPor The Ownership Project May 2012
httpmotePor Mitch Denny April 2012
Poo Power!Por Duncan Chew April 2012
Do It In a DressPor Chantelle July 2011
Mini Macaron Melbourne CampaignPor Linda Kowalski May 2011
Trams + Music = Tram SessionsPor Nick Wallberg March 2011
Melbourne City Rooftop HoneyPor Vanessa Kwiatkowski January 2011
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.