October Submission deadline is 11:59 pm Wed, 9 October!

October 8, 2013

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, don’t forget to submit your awesome idea for the October Pitch Party! Applications are open until 11:59pm on Wednesday 9th of October. I will be contacting pitchers starting on Friday Oct 11. I know there are a ton of truly awesome ideas out there and I look forward to seeing your idea in the application forms! You can submit your applications at www.awesomekingston.org. If you are reading this blog then you are already in the right place, just click on the pink button that says “Apply for a Grant”. While you are here on the website, you can get some inspiration by reading about last month’s grant recipient The Smile Team. Such a great yet simple idea with tons of potential impact. Big or small ideas, we will accept them all! We are also recruiting for full trustees and guest trustees. If you are interested please email us at mail@awesomekingston.org. And if you are looking for more awesome updates then follow us on twitter or facebook. Hope to see you all at the October Pitch Party!

AF-Calgary’s 27th $1,000 micro-grant to aid in the creation of the world’s first crowdsourced 3D printed sculpture

September 3, 2013

A local group of 3D printing enthusiasts have teamed up with Internationally renowned artist Jeff de Boer to create “Linked,” the world’s first crowdsourced 3D sculpture, set to debut in Calgary this September, and they’ve won Awesome Foundation – Calgary’s 27th $1,000 micro-grant to help them do so.

Becoming a Beluga in Northern Manitoba, Canada

April 28, 2013

In July of 2013, a group of art graduates called WHALE is returning to the northernmost parts of Manitoba to continue their adventures with Canada’s beluga whales. Their project: Becoming Beluga, to create a suit of wearable artwork that resembles a beluga and allows the wearer to don the whale’s appearance. Can a human be accepted into the pod? Can we break the barriers of communication? WHALE will construct the suit using underwater cameras, a speaker on the top of the head, and hydrophones for ears, among other things. The experience can be recorded for later. AF Winnipeg is excited to award WHALE $1000 for their April grant, and look forward to hearing all about their adventures come summer.

Three Awesome Pitches from Kingstonians

April 19, 2013

On Thursday, 18 April, Awesome Foundation – Kingston hosted its monthly pitch party at the RCHA Club on Ontario St! We heard three great pitches from the community and had a guest presenter and guest musician to round out the night. Read about how it all unfolded – and who won!

Kingston’s April Pitch Party and Awesome Hours!

April 12, 2013

April showers got you down?  Re-energize with Awesome Kingston’s April Pitch Party and Awesome Hours!  Come out to the RCHA at 6:30PM on Thursday, 18 April and see what cool new ideas want a $1,000 microgrant to make our city even more awesome.  RSVP on the Facebook Event so we know how many people are going to be partying with us on the 18th!   Never been before? No worries! It’s really simple and rather informal. Every month, people apply to the Awesome Foundation for a microgrant. We select the ones that we think are the most awesome for the month and invite them to give an ‘elevator pitch’ to the audience, for which they have 90 seconds. Following that, they take 7 minutes of Q&A from the audience. Once all the pitches have presented, the ten trustees go and “scrum” – or, decide who walks away with the cash this month. It’s not only a free, fun, and inspiring event, it’s also a great place to meet and network with Kingstonians who are passionate about community and the continual improvement of our city. Invite your friends and come on out to the RCHA by 6:30PM to grab a drink and mingle before the pitches… read more →