Russell City, CA: Documenting a Town Now GoneBy Megan Wilkinson July 2019
The Jellyfish CameraBy Jeremiah Barber July 2019
Buried Ships ProjectBy Justin Oliphant June 2019
Stoop StoriesBy Ellie MacBride May 2019
Project Kolateral in San Francisco!By Mixkaela VIllalon April 2019
We’re not going AnywhereBy Richie Rhombus March 2019
The SideshowBy Michelle Ibarra February 2019
Star Stories Live, a PodcastBy Kay Matschullat January 2019
Song of Songs Seder Celebrating Queer SexualityBy Susala Kay January 2019
Sonoma Poetry FestivalBy Meg Hamill December 2018
nègreBy Simone Bailey November 2018
Robot 44By Sean Cheong November 2018
TricycloloBy Michael Arcega November 2018
mySight (Homelessness Blinders street theater)By Jennifer M Johnson October 2018
Every Record Ever RecordedBy Hannah Blair October 2018
“Our Future Is Renewable”By Alessandra Mondolfi October 2018
100 Jars of JellyBy Robyn Waxman August 2018
Whose World Is ThisBy Salvin Chahal July 2018
Ice on Ice: an Ice Capade!By Andrew Miguel Fuller July 2018
Trace EvidenceBy Rachelle Reichert and Annie Malcolm June 2018
Aaron Swartz Day VR Museum, Art Gallery, Fun HouseBy Lisa Rein May 2018
The Art of SurvivalBy Madi Pignetti May 2018
NGALACBy Mark Willson May 2018
Liquid LoomBy Cere Davis March 2018
Fresco ExchangeBy Felipe Ortiz March 2018
This land was made for you and meBy Katie Williams February 2018
Food For Thought: A 5-Star Ohlone BanquetBy Malcolm Margolin December 2017
Community Street PaintingBy Melissa Dickenson November 2017
34 Trinity Arts & NewsBy Jackie Hasa November 2017
Force of Nature: Women's Work VisualizedBy Sawyer Rose October 2017
GildedBy Xandra Ibarra September 2017
Insect Trading CardsBy David Garnick September 2017
"you've got my eyes" - a dork-punk show-n-tellBy Mark Krawczuk August 2017
The Artship at Playland at 43rd AvenueBy Susan Ryan July 2017
Another brief History of the SunsetBy Alicia Escott June 2017
Q-Finder: A view into the possibleBy Edith Borrebach June 2017
Drag Queen Story HourBy Juliana Delgado May 2017
Cyclecide Moving FundBy Cyclecide Civetgrass April 2017
Nomadic Keyboard TrikeBy Jennifer Murphy March 2017
First Female PresidentBy Margaret McCarthy March 2017
The Banana PeelBy Cody Frost February 2017
Why Fish Don't ExistBy Lulu Miller February 2017
Resurrecting Lou Harrison's Lost Electronic MusicBy Ryan Page January 2017
Replacing Missing Piers of SF’s EmbarcaderoBy Julie Crossman November 2016
GollOrbs—Flying Wind-Powered Kinetic SculpturesBy Jeffrey Gollober November 2016
Badass BoardersBy Kasley Killam October 2016
World's Largest Nachos!By Laura D'Asaro October 2016
Mobility Scooter Cruise Control Circuit!By Zach Reed September 2016
The Period PartyBy Meghan Freebeck August 2016
Deej - community engagement campaignBy Robert Rooy and DJ Savarese July 2016
Screen Queens Face FailBy Harris David Harris July 2016
Stellar DisplacementBy Albert Kong June 2016
Neighborhood SeedsBy Maren Salomon May 2016
Gotta Give Us HopeBy Jamie Beckenstein April 2016
LYFT for SeniorsBy Jacqueline Zimmer Jones April 2016
NOTAFLOF CollectiveBy Liam Kelly March 2016
People's Open NetworkBy Marc Juul February 2016
1-855-LADYFUNBy Joe Veix February 2016
The 90-Second Newbery Film FestivalBy James Kennedy January 2016
LuminoKinetic Artist / EngineerBy Carl Pisaturo December 2015
Smuggling Nature: Walking Poems Across Golden GateBy Leath Tonino November 2015
San Francisco Moby-Dick MarathonBy Daniel Herman October 2015
Project I AMBy Meghan Peter October 2015
Re:SoundBy Jen Boyd September 2015
Oakland FIGMENTBy Oakland FIGMENT Team September 2015
homobiles app hackathon spaceBy Lynn Breedlove August 2015
Litter CrittersBy Debbie McCann and Althea Marie McCann Tabor July 2015
Teaching Electronics to Visually Impaired StudentsBy Allen Pan July 2015
Tangible Possibility: playful speed datingBy Lea Redmond June 2015
Villainette: BangsBy Dax Tran-Caffee May 2015
Grow'n & Chef'n Proper in Lower W. Oakland!By Justin Vandenbroeck May 2015
War Gastronomy - Recipes of RelocationBy Justin Charles Hoover (胡智騰) and Chris Treggiari April 2015
Swing Low Sweet BicyclesBy Anonymous April 2015
Limbus LabBy Andrew Maxwell-Parish April 2015
Land Action Squatter House PrototypeBy Marcus Owens February 2015
Oakland students make the future!By James Kealey & Nicholas Gilpinwright January 2015
The Bayview Bus Project: Art Not Ads!By Jericha Senyak (The Museum of Joy) December 2014
Jam Buckets. Hosted by Mission Science Workshop.By Kim Westberry November 2014
O BEST BELOVED - 2014 Parks Tour Aboard FluxWagonBy Idiot String (Rebecca Longworth & Joan Howard) September 2014
Capturing Pinball PhysicsBy Melissa Harmon August 2014
Changing the world one love note at a timeBy shannon Weber July 2014
Wildcat HaulingBy Timothy Furstnau (with FICTILIS) June 2014
Superheroes at Angel IslandBy Neil Rivas June 2014
Musical PeddlesBy Alvin Shiu May 2014
Automata SubterraneaBy Nick Jones (aka Nick Knave) April 2014
NMU, The Wire PeopleBy Isabel Halpern and Lucia Sanchez March 2014
A Portrait Project at the Zen HospiceBy Claudia Biçen February 2014
Traveling Heart Hospital BagsBy Caroline Lovell February 2014
A Stop to BullyingBy Vinnie Kang December 2013
Awesöme Orchestra CollectiveBy David Möschler November 2013
The Library of Joy (A Museum of Joy Project)By Jericha Senyak October 2013
Poetry with EldersBy Silvi Alcivar September 2013
The Mobile Wishing WellBy Kari Marboe and Erin Johnson August 2013
Sleep for MomsBy Suzanne L'Heureux July 2013
StreetStage and Kids POP!By Jeremy Shaw July 2013
EOYDC summer Science classBy Ashaki Scott July 2013
SF Postcard ProjectBy Hunter Franks May 2013
Your StoreBy Kathryn Kenworth and Sarah Klein April 2013
Real Spider-Man WebBy Abel Melecio April 2013
Youth Community Center and GardenBy Youth Revolution March 2013
Growing Together: Neighborhood Orchard ProjectBy Mallika Nair February 2013
Valentine's Day Love Letter Scavenger Hunt!By Olga Nunes January 2013
Today's Future Sound Presents: Beats4LunchBy Elliot Gann December 2012
"Walking on the Wall"By Calen Barca-Hall November 2012
24/7 Bike Repair Vending MachineBy Marria Grace October 2012
Sonic Kung Fu BattleBy Mike Lai August 2012
The Golden HourBy Julie Crossman August 2012
OuterBody GamesBy Jason Wilson July 2012
Cardboard Castle Building WorkshopBy Charlie Hufnagel July 2012
Bathtub Street Gondola!By Ray Oppenheimer May 2012
Lunar TopographiesBy Craig Dorety May 2012
Come Out and Play San FranciscoBy Jackie Hasa April 2012
The Balloon-Powered Dance Party!By George Zisiadis, Will Skinner, Isaac Shivvers April 2012
Scents of San FranciscoBy Zee Boudreaux February 2012
Little OperaBy Erin Bregman November 2011
Ourshelves Lending LibraryBy Kristina Kearns October 2011
Inner Sunset Street Fair 2011By Adam Greenfield September 2011
Sidewalk Natural HistoryBy Joel Pomerantz June 2011
Inquiring Minds: Science Camp for AdultsBy Julie Ron June 2011
Panoranima / Spitting ImageBy Finley Coyl May 2011
Meanwhile, San Francisco MicrocommunitiesBy wendy macnaughton April 2011
100 Dinosaur Painting Scavenger HuntBy Adam Davis February 2011
Scarf-a-dayBy Meredith Scheff January 2011
Hoods To The WoodsBy Anthony J. Carranza October 2010
Papergirl San FranciscoBy Heather Tompkins & Colleen Stockman September 2010
Sounding the Waters (Sea Change)By Claire Schoen July 2010
Robotic Desk LampsBy Jonathan Foote June 2010
A History of the SkyBy 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.