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

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

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Oct. 22, 2010

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