Apply for an Awesome Grant!
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That’s not an adjective in the title, “Awesome Grant” is the actual name of the grant, from the Awesome Foundation, of Cambridge, MA. Each month, they give away $1,000 to someone who wants to do something… well awesome. Here’s how they define what they’re looking for:

Awesomeness is often overlooked by mainstream culture, which tends to rehash the same broadly appealing but mediocre creations. Thankfully, there is the web.

Awesomeness is more the product of a creator’s passion than the prospect of audience or profit. Awesome creations are novel and non-obvious, evoking surprise and delight. Invariably, something about them perfectly reflects the essence of the medium, moment, or method of creation. Awesomeness challenges and inspires.

You enter the proposals on their site and they only need to be 500 words. If you get accepted, you even get access to workspace to realize your project (if you live in the Boston area).

If any of our readers submit a proposal that gets accepted, please let us know. We’re sure there are plenty of awesome ideas bouncing around the noggins of Make: Online readers.

The Awesome Foundation

10 thoughts on “Apply for an Awesome Grant!

  1. Us dyslexics need a tool called “homophone check” that pops up a box with all the variations. Most of us can pick the right one when presented with all the options =]

  2. It’s amazing how perfectly inverted it all is in my mind. I was just giving directions on the way home from Art-o-Matic, based on my memory of the previous ride home, and I had the entire thing flipped (all the rights were lefts, all the lefts, rights) and I had a very distinct image in my mind of the on-ramp, etc. All reversed.

    I didn’t know you had dyslexia, too, Becky.

    Dyslexics of the world: UNTIE!

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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