Russell City, CA: Documenting a Town Now GonePor Megan Wilkinson July 2019
The Jellyfish CameraPor Jeremiah Barber July 2019
Buried Ships ProjectPor Justin Oliphant June 2019
Stoop StoriesPor Ellie MacBride May 2019
Project Kolateral in San Francisco!Por Mixkaela VIllalon April 2019
We’re not going AnywherePor Richie Rhombus March 2019
The SideshowPor Michelle Ibarra February 2019
Star Stories Live, a PodcastPor Kay Matschullat January 2019
Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Queer SexualityPor Susala Kay January 2019
Sonoma Poetry FestivalPor Meg Hamill December 2018
nègrePor Simone Bailey November 2018
Robot 44Por Sean Cheong November 2018
TricycloloPor Michael Arcega November 2018
mySight (Homelessness Blinders street theater)Por Jennifer M Johnson October 2018
Every Record Ever RecordedPor Hannah Blair October 2018
“Our Future Is Renewable”Por Alessandra Mondolfi October 2018
100 Jars of JellyPor Robyn Waxman August 2018
Whose World Is ThisPor Salvin Chahal July 2018
Ice on Ice: an Ice Capade!Por Andrew Miguel Fuller July 2018
Trace EvidencePor Rachelle Reichert and Annie Malcolm June 2018
Aaron Swartz Day VR Museum, Art Gallery, Fun HousePor Lisa Rein May 2018
The Art of SurvivalPor Madi Pignetti May 2018
NGALACPor Mark Willson May 2018
Liquid LoomPor Cere Davis March 2018
Fresco ExchangePor Felipe Ortiz March 2018
This land was made for you and mePor Katie Williams February 2018
Food For Thought: A 5-Star Ohlone BanquetPor Malcolm Margolin December 2017
Community Street PaintingPor Melissa Dickenson November 2017
34 Trinity Arts & NewsPor Jackie Hasa November 2017
Force of Nature: Women's Work VisualizedPor Sawyer Rose October 2017
GildedPor Xandra Ibarra September 2017
Insect Trading CardsPor David Garnick September 2017
"you've got my eyes" - a dork-punk show-n-tellPor Mark Krawczuk August 2017
The Artship at Playland at 43rd AvenuePor Susan Ryan July 2017
Another brief History of the SunsetPor Alicia Escott June 2017
Q-Finder: A view into the possiblePor Edith Borrebach June 2017
Drag Queen Story HourPor Juliana Delgado May 2017
Cyclecide Moving FundPor Cyclecide Civetgrass April 2017
Nomadic Keyboard TrikePor Jennifer Murphy March 2017
First Female PresidentPor Margaret McCarthy March 2017
The Banana PeelPor Cody Frost February 2017
Why Fish Don't ExistPor Lulu Miller February 2017
Resurrecting Lou Harrison's Lost Electronic MusicPor Ryan Page January 2017
Replacing Missing Piers of SF’s EmbarcaderoPor Julie Crossman November 2016
GollOrbs—Flying Wind-Powered Kinetic SculpturesPor Jeffrey Gollober November 2016
Badass BoardersPor Kasley Killam October 2016
World's Largest Nachos!Por Laura D'Asaro October 2016
Mobility Scooter Cruise Control Circuit!Por Zach Reed September 2016
The Period PartyPor Meghan Freebeck August 2016
Deej - community engagement campaignPor Robert Rooy and DJ Savarese July 2016
Screen Queens Face FailPor Harris David Harris July 2016
Stellar DisplacementPor Albert Kong June 2016
Neighborhood SeedsPor Maren Salomon May 2016
Gotta Give Us HopePor Jamie Beckenstein April 2016
LYFT for SeniorsPor Jacqueline Zimmer Jones April 2016
NOTAFLOF CollectivePor Liam Kelly March 2016
People's Open NetworkPor Marc Juul February 2016
1-855-LADYFUNPor Joe Veix February 2016
The 90-Second Newbery Film FestivalPor James Kennedy January 2016
LuminoKinetic Artist / EngineerPor Carl Pisaturo December 2015
Smuggling Nature: Walking Poems Across Golden GatePor Leath Tonino November 2015
San Francisco Moby-Dick MarathonPor Daniel Herman October 2015
Project I AMPor Meghan Peter October 2015
Re:SoundPor Jen Boyd September 2015
Oakland FIGMENTPor Oakland FIGMENT Team September 2015
homobiles app hackathon spacePor Lynn Breedlove August 2015
Litter CrittersPor Debbie McCann and Althea Marie McCann Tabor July 2015
Teaching Electronics to Visually Impaired StudentsPor Allen Pan July 2015
Tangible Possibility: playful speed datingPor Lea Redmond June 2015
Villainette: BangsPor Dax Tran-Caffee May 2015
Grow'n & Chef'n Proper in Lower W. Oakland!Por Justin Vandenbroeck May 2015
War Gastronomy - Recipes of RelocationPor Justin Charles Hoover (胡智騰) and Chris Treggiari April 2015
Swing Low Sweet BicyclesPor Anonymous April 2015
Limbus LabPor Andrew Maxwell-Parish April 2015
Land Action Squatter House PrototypePor Marcus Owens February 2015
Oakland students make the future!Por James Kealey & Nicholas Gilpinwright January 2015
The Bayview Bus Project: Art Not Ads!Por Jericha Senyak (The Museum of Joy) December 2014
Jam Buckets. Hosted by Mission Science Workshop.Por Kim Westberry November 2014
O BEST BELOVED - 2014 Parks Tour Aboard FluxWagonPor Idiot String (Rebecca Longworth & Joan Howard) September 2014
Capturing Pinball PhysicsPor Melissa Harmon August 2014
Changing the world one love note at a timePor shannon Weber July 2014
Wildcat HaulingPor Timothy Furstnau (with FICTILIS) June 2014
Superheroes at Angel IslandPor Neil Rivas June 2014
Musical PeddlesPor Alvin Shiu May 2014
Automata SubterraneaPor Nick Jones (aka Nick Knave) April 2014
NMU, The Wire PeoplePor Isabel Halpern and Lucia Sanchez March 2014
A Portrait Project at the Zen HospicePor Claudia Biçen February 2014
Traveling Heart Hospital BagsPor Caroline Lovell February 2014
A Stop to BullyingPor Vinnie Kang December 2013
Awesöme Orchestra CollectivePor David Möschler November 2013
The Library of Joy (A Museum of Joy Project)Por Jericha Senyak October 2013
Poetry with EldersPor Silvi Alcivar September 2013
The Mobile Wishing WellPor Kari Marboe and Erin Johnson August 2013
Sleep for MomsPor Suzanne L'Heureux July 2013
StreetStage and Kids POP!Por Jeremy Shaw July 2013
EOYDC summer Science classPor Ashaki Scott July 2013
SF Postcard ProjectPor Hunter Franks May 2013
Your StorePor Kathryn Kenworth and Sarah Klein April 2013
Real Spider-Man WebPor Abel Melecio April 2013
Youth Community Center and GardenPor Youth Revolution March 2013
Growing Together: Neighborhood Orchard ProjectPor Mallika Nair February 2013
Valentine's Day Love Letter Scavenger Hunt!Por Olga Nunes January 2013
Today's Future Sound Presents: Beats4LunchPor Elliot Gann December 2012
"Walking on the Wall"Por Calen Barca-Hall November 2012
24/7 Bike Repair Vending MachinePor Marria Grace October 2012
Sonic Kung Fu BattlePor Mike Lai August 2012
The Golden HourPor Julie Crossman August 2012
OuterBody GamesPor Jason Wilson July 2012
Cardboard Castle Building WorkshopPor Charlie Hufnagel July 2012
Bathtub Street Gondola!Por Ray Oppenheimer May 2012
Lunar TopographiesPor Craig Dorety May 2012
Come Out and Play San FranciscoPor Jackie Hasa April 2012
The Balloon-Powered Dance Party!Por George Zisiadis, Will Skinner, Isaac Shivvers April 2012
Scents of San FranciscoPor Zee Boudreaux February 2012
Little OperaPor Erin Bregman November 2011
Ourshelves Lending LibraryPor Kristina Kearns October 2011
Inner Sunset Street Fair 2011Por Adam Greenfield September 2011
Sidewalk Natural HistoryPor Joel Pomerantz June 2011
Inquiring Minds: Science Camp for AdultsPor Julie Ron June 2011
Panoranima / Spitting ImagePor Finley Coyl May 2011
Meanwhile, San Francisco MicrocommunitiesPor wendy macnaughton April 2011
100 Dinosaur Painting Scavenger HuntPor Adam Davis February 2011
Scarf-a-dayPor Meredith Scheff January 2011
Hoods To The WoodsPor Anthony J. Carranza October 2010
Papergirl San FranciscoPor Heather Tompkins & Colleen Stockman September 2010
Sounding the Waters (Sea Change)Por Claire Schoen July 2010
Robotic Desk LampsPor Jonathan Foote June 2010
A History of the SkyPor Ken Murphy May 2010
Hi World! We're the San Francisco chapter. We love sparking discussion, action, participation (particularly in our local region).
Those ⤴ are the projects we've funded. Click (or side-scroll) through the image strip! This is the best way to understand what we fund. Tap on an image to read about that project.
Who should apply for our no-strings-attached grants? Anyone passionate who has looked at this page carefully.
We give one grant per month. Beginners, small projects and experimenters get preferential treatment. Will $1,000 make all the difference for your project to get started? If you represent an established organization, we probably are not your best backing source. But it depends.
Hint for organizations, nonprofits & ensembles: Describe a highly specific idea that's an experimental side trip from whatever you are normally focused on.*
Hint for individuals: Short, raw and personal. Rave about possibility rather than nailing down every detail. Credentials are unimportant. Your inspired self will be great at making your point.
Hint for artists: We love public interactive elements. Be you trying something new. No skill in proposal writing needed. Let loose. Be awkward. Be daring. Be odd.
Hint for events: Apply more than seven weeks ahead to give us time to discuss before your event. If time has got away from you, apply anyway. We may decide to support it, depending on what else we review that month.
Hint for proposals from (or about) outside our region: Please state clearly if you aren't in the Bay Area. Tell us how your project is connected to our region, if it in fact is.
Be playfully ambitious. We like projects that attempt something strange or something important using methods others haven't tried lately. You've got a scheme. Brainstorm, then narrow it down. Think about the wider public. When you explain it to people outside your usual bubble, do they respond with a delighted little dance?
Be informal. We'll fund based on personal reactions to your creative ambition. That's what we most love knowing.
Be unexpectedly political or wtf whimsical. The world is serious and polarized. Grassroots political creativity is in short supply. We view whimsy as an essential hacking tool and clear messaging as a wake-up call. Tap the genius of the unsuspecting public. Jostle patterns. Stimulate awesome solutions.
As long as anyone is in danger from injustice, violence or ecological crash, as long as anyone faces literal slavery (even here in the Bay Area many farmworkers, sex workers & domestics do), as long as for-profit corporate priorities push sanity aside, as long as parents and children are trained to fear, fit in and stifle their creative urges, more awesome is desperately needed around here.
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Suggestion: Read this page again, from the top, right before you apply.
Who are we? The Awesome Foundation is a DIY operation—clusters of people all around the world, each group pooling and giving a monthly gift. We're not some stuffy organization. Ask us questions or advice. Now. Whenever. Use firstname.lastname@example.org to reach Joel, SF's 5th Dean of Awesome.
When to apply: Proposals are welcome any time during any month. The grant is decided at our monthly meeting where we look through ideas that came during the previous calendar month. For example, apply in May and it'll be considered and announced in June.
If you like, you may follow us on social media (icons above) but more intimately, the SF chapter also has a friends-of email discussion list. Want to be on it?
Thank you for creating a more awesome world!
*More hints for organizations, ensembles and nonprofits: Match the scale to our cherished $1000 gift. Ignore your past competence and success and focus on this one tiny future unusual project that is unlikely to occur without our $1000. If your project can't fit that description easily, you might not be in our category of interest. But as you see from our past winners, we sometimes break our own patterns and have no rules, so it doesn't hurt to apply.