If you have an Awesome idea that will make Calgary a better place, click here to apply and pitch for this $1000 no strings attached grant!
History of Awesome Foundation
Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons by groups of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees,” who form autonomous chapters around geographic areas or topics of interest.
The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance.
The founder of Awesome Foundation Calgary, Lori Stewart writes:
Awesome Calgary was literally founded on Bow Trail in the midst of West LRT construction on a freakin’ cold last day of January 2011. I was listening to CBC radio and Matt Galloway was chatting with Matt Thompson about AwesomeTO and I slammed the brakes on (ok, I was actually stopped in traffic so it’s not as dramatic as it sounds), went home and contacted Tim Hwang (@Awesomefound) founder and got things rolling. What a way to end the January blahs!