When you tell people about an idea that you have, is their response “that would be awesome!”? That’s what we want to see!

The Madison Chapter of the Awesome Foundation grants are for $1000 each. We award six, $1,000 awesome grants each year on an every-other-month basis.

Applications must be submitted prior to the first of the month to be considered for the current grant cycle and winners are notified by the 15th of the month. For example, all applications submitted between January 1st and the last day in February would be considered for the February awesome grant. The winner would be notified by February 15th. All applications that come in on or after March 1st would be considered for the April grant.


What Qualifies as “Awesome”?

Awesome is a hard thing to define. To help you decide if your project is our kind of awesome, compare your idea to the 9 Principles of Awesome – newness, niceness, bigness, hilarity, wow-ness, utility, value, staying power and environmental impact – created by AF Toronto.

Awesome Madison particularly likes smaller, start-up projects that can demonstrate how $1,000 will tip the scales to make the project happen.

We want to know why $1,000 will make a big difference to you. If you’re applying as part of a larger grant, try to find a particular project within the grant that $1,000 could make happen.

We love projects that positively impact lots of people, especially people in Madison, and not just one small group. We want to read about your project and say “Wow, now that is awesome!” and know that we’ll remember your project in the years to come.

When in doubt, apply! We don’t get hung up on the details. Even if we can’t support your project with a grant, we might be able to leverage our connections or creativity to help you make it happen anyway.

Is There Anything You do not Fund?

While the Awesome Foundation keeps an open mind about projects, we’ve found that there’s generally a few types of submissions that we are less willing to fund.

  • Purchases for personal use:
    We think you’re really awesome, but we’re probably not going to just give you $1000 for a car/vacation/rent payment/pony…unless it’s the crucial component of a bigger project that also benefits others.
  • Maintenance fees for established charities and foundations:
    While we may support the goals of your established organization, we’re primarily interested in funding projects or new ventures and not the continuation of an existing organization. If your organization/foundation/charity still wants to apply, think of a specific, creative $1000 project that our money could go directly towards.
  • Vague causes and applications:
    That is to say, the more specific you are in your application about what you’ll use the money for and why, the more likely we are to fund it.
  • Projects outside our community or state:
    We love all things awesome, but we especially love awesome things that are local! See if there is another chapter that better fits your project location.


** PS: we don’t get hung up on the rules, when in doubt- send it in!**


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