Most foundations are pretty specific in regards to what they'd like to fund with grants. At the very least, most grant making organizations will only award grants for projects within a specified funding area (such as the reduction of poverty), and some grant programs are even more narrow (such as the reduction of poverty via projects that build capacity in social service agencies located in Chicago, IL).
The Awesome Foundation, on the other hand, has only one criteria: your project must be awesome. Anyone is eligible to apply for one of the Awesome Foundation's $1,000 micro grants; you don't even need nonoprofit status (a true rarity in the grant industry). Applicants simply need a great idea and to fill out a short 7 question application.
The Foundation's autonomy in giving comes from its unique structure. The original chapter in Boston was founded by 10 individuals who all pledged $100 of their own money to support a project they all agreed was "awesome". Since all new chapters follow the same organizational structure, funding focuses can vary widely between foundation chapters and even between funding periods, as chapters expand with new members. There are currently 24 chapters all over the world (see the list here).
Not surprisingly, previously funding projects are diverse and range from community art projects (like this giant hammock) to helping expand technology (like adapting cell phones for use in disaster relief communications). Giving is typically centralized around local chapters and new chapters are opening all the time. For more information or to apply for one of their grants, you can visit their website here.
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