Sure, you've heard of Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but what if you want to do something local, small or just plain wacky, for fun? And you only need a bit of money to do it, not thousands? The Awesome Project
is your answer. Crowdfunding just got a little more interesting (dare I say awesome?).
"Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators," reads the website. "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 grants are no-strings-attached once they are granted, and the application process is relatively simple. Funded projects have included "reverse busking" in Ottowa
, iPad therapy for seniors in Oahu
, and an art installation in Arizona that coincides with the spring equinox — and all kinds of other projects, ranging from do-goodery to art to combinations thereof.
Have a project or idea that just needs $1,000? Apply here
, and good luck!