Let STEM Be Your GuideBy Dale Rush March 2020
Ending Diaper NeedBy Meagan Leimena December 2019
MotherWise Postpartum Mental Health TextsBy Jennifer Schermerhorn December 2019
SeekHealingBy Megan Piscitelle September 2019
Colorful Pages CoalitionBy Bianca Gragg August 2019
Playground StageBy Leslie Putnam July 2019
The Prison Songwriting ProjectBy Amalia Grannis April 2019
Affrilachia & AppalachA'villle Together at YMIBy Carol Boggess March 2019
Asheville Mini Maker FaireBy Steve Altemeier February 2019
BlkGirlAffirming (Yoga as Embodied Social Change)By Jazmin Rogers August 2018
Ukulele ChorusBy Susan Carrara June 2018
The AMC's SHOW TRUCKBy Aaron Snook April 2018
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Circus Arts for Personal Enrichment (CAPE)By Hazel Willis March 2018
Earthy Summer Camps for Underserved YouthBy Lena Christine Ruark-Eastes March 2018
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AC Reynolds Clothing ClosetBy Tammy Young September 2017
Story Art ProjectBy Jim Stilwell July 2017
Community Creativity & Celebration at LedgewoodBy Alina Ever & Melody Henry July 2017
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Reach for the SunBy Erin Manuel March 2017
The 90-Second Newbery Film FestivalBy James Kennedy March 2017
The Fish TankBy Doriyan Johnson December 2016
Water Catchment System at VEG!By Jonathan Williams October 2016
Chefs @ DowntownWelcome Table Creative PartnershipBy Laura Kirby September 2016
Rights Of Passage Adventure WeekendBy Jordan Foltz September 2016
Forensics in the classroomBy Renata Crawley June 2016
Free Range AshevilleBy Jeff Arnal May 2016
Welcome Home ProjectBy Jenny Simmons March 2016
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
2020 Application Deadlines: January 16th, March 26th, May 24th, July 23rd, September 24th, November 19th.
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. These events will take place February 9th, April 19th, June 14th, August 16th, October 18th, and December 13th.