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. 

And there are both worldwide grants and local ones, in cities across the United States and around the world. Some are specific, focusing on knowledge or kids in Hamburg, or Hurricane Sandy relief, while many are wide-open in terms of topics. 

Have a project or idea that just needs $1,000? Apply here, and good luck! 

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Starre Vartan ( @ecochickie ) covers conscious consumption, health and science as she travels the world exploring new cultures and ideas.

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