The Awesome Foundation arrives in Melbourne

The Awesome Foundation idea is simple: create a monthly $1,000 grant awarded to a person doing something ‘awesome’ – whether it’s music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing or anything else. The money will be spent on a project, activity or research, which could be for fun, for profit or for community benefit.

The Awesome Foundation has emerged in cities across the world, funding things like…

  • Audio tours that walk you through the affects of climate change in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Putting the stars and constellations back into London’s night sky
  • Kites with cameras to take footage of the Gulf oil spill
  • An armada of toxin cleansing pods for New York City’s East River

To make this happen in Melbourne, Ross and Eddie are seeking a limited, committed group of 10 micro-trustees to form the core board. The obligations are simple, but serious:

  • Be willing to commit $100 per month in the interest of Awesome.
  • Contribute the money in the form of cash or cheque at a monthly grant review session.
  • Play an active role in accepting applications and collectively deciding who gets them.
  • Commit to finding a replacement micro-trustee, should you need to back out of the financial obligation of being a micro-trustee of the Awesome Foundation.

If this interests you and you’d like to be one of the ten, please email ross@rosshill.com.au

The first Awesome Foundation Melbourne grant will be awarded in January 2011.

You can read more at http://rosshill.com.au/awesome-foundation/

Oct. 22, 2010

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