A long time ago, my dad said something to me like: what sets the successful people apart is that they DO their ideas, they don't just have them. That's a terrible paraphrase, but I've thought often about his point: we all have ideas about things we want to do, things someone should do, something it would be really cool to have in the world, but we usually stop there; it takes a lot more effort and commitment to keep going.
The Awesome Foundation has the potential to make the leap from having the idea to doing it just a bit easier. I read about them in the NY Times last week. A group of ten Trustees each put in $100/month and then award a $1000 grant each month to help fund an awesome project. And it can be anything.
I was even more excited, when I visited their website, to discover that there are currently 80 chapters in 18 countries! It's not just a NY thing! And the projects that have been funded already are really cool - it's inspiring just to go poking around their website.
I don't know what I may apply for a grant to do or make or accomplish, but next time I have a great idea, it's encouraging to know that the Awesome Foundation is out there to help make awesome ideas happen.
What would you request a grant for?