Up until about a week ago, I'd never heard of the Awesome Foundation or the Awesome Foundation Pittsburgh. And as I'm sure you can imagine, once I did I felt like I'd been missing out on...well...something awesome. Curious, I had to learn more.
Thanks to a little web research, I learned the Awesome Foundation was created in Boston in 2009 to help fuel and fund ideas by providing monthly $1,000 grants. The money is given upfront by groups of 10 or so self-organizing “micro-trustees,” who form autonomous chapters around geographic areas or topics of interest.
What makes them different from much of the seed funding that's usually available to aspiring entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, and others is that its provided with no strings attached or claims of ownership over the projects they help to fund--something they refer to as "a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance."
Mike Capsambelis and Matt Gaston are hoping to bring that same "awesomeness" to Pittsburgh by starting an Awesome Foundation chapter in their own backyard. They're currently looking for folks interested in serving as trustees. If you're interested in awesomeness, spread the word.
[Image: Flickr user EvanHahn]