Updated Sep 21, 2017

Awesome Without Borders Micro-Grants

Have a crazy brilliant idea in need of funding? Glad you found us! Each week, we forward the interest of awesomeness in the universe with $1,000 no-strings-attached grants.
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Open Year RoundDeadline

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionAfrica, Asia and Pacific, Europe and Eurasia, Latin America / Caribbean, North America and Middle East and North Africa
Focus AreasAll Sectors
AWB does not award grants for salaries, travel expenses, or religious-affiliated projects, and usually declines grant requests from large, well-established non-profits and for-profit projects. If $1000 is not a significant part of your (hopefully sustainable) budget, make sure to tell us, specifically, what $1000 will buy.

Application Directions

In early 2013, The Harnisch Foundation — which has been practicing creative, progressive, downright unusual grantmaking since 1998 – fell in love with its ideological counterpart, The Awesome Foundation. (Basically, our peas found their carrots.) “The Awesome Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons. The chapters are autonomous and organized by the trustees 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.”To date, 106 chapters have been established in over 25 countries, with 1000+ projects funded. We wanted a chapter! So, Awesome Without Borders was born. Then we took it one step further and decided to fund one grantee each week. We are now a year in and, must say, we’ve funded some pretty spectacular things!
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