The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing worldwide community devoted to "forwarding the interest of awesome in the universe." Created in 2009, the Foundation distributes $1,000 grants, no strings attached, to projects and their creators.
Library Pipeline's Innovation Committee has partnered with the Awesome Foundation to found an Innovation in Libraries chapter that will, each month, award a $1,000 micro-grant to a project that suggests creative solutions, proposes a new way of thinking about library services, and supports underserved and diverse communities. Grant applications due by the 15th of each month, with awardees announced by the 1st of the following month.
"The Awesome Innovation in Libraries Chapter was created by a small working group of passionate librarians within Library Pipeline who wanted to provide a catalyst for prototyping both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking. Naturally, we embedded these principles into the grant selection guidelines. We are thankful for our dedicated team of trustees and sponsors who make this initiative possible."
Award recipients are asked to report back publicly on what worked, what didn’t, and what they learned–as well as to make the results of their efforts openly available to others to reuse in communities across the world.
To apply, submit your application on the Awesome Foundation website. Applications are constantly being accepted; please check the website details to confirm the next deadline (usually it's the 15th of each month).
Good luck - maybe your next funder will be the Awesome Foundation!