Who DOESN’T need funding for an awesome idea? How about $1000 to get you started.
Then find your local chapter of The Awesome Foundation, and if it doesnt’ exist, create it.
Why, because it’s, well, awesome.
30 people get together every month and raise a total of $1000 which they putin a paper bag. People submit their ideas and one of them is chosen to receive the $1000.
Here is a video from Awesome Toronto’s first winner selection with their first five finalists, one of whom was selected from this pitch session:
What does this have to do with PR? Everything.
PR used to be about press releases and getting journalists to write about you. That’s still part of it. But just a part of it. There is so much more to PR today. The tools are available for anyone to reach the people they need directly, including influencers who can bring others to appreciate your point of view.
And engaging your local chapter of the Awesome Foundation in your project is a great idea. Members are engaged, dynamic and they want to support and share, well, your awesomness. Even if you don’t win, you may well find new supporters, partners and funders.
People share things they think are awesome through social media. They tell their friends, they want to be part of it, they want to help. And media are always on the look out for awesome ideas to talk about – and getting and awesome foundation grant has the stamp of awesomeness all over it.
The Awesome Foundation isn’t bureacratic, centralized or deeply formal. It’s a good idea that’s spreading. And anyone can be part of it. You too can help shape your city by funding what’s awesome or creating something awesome that others want to support too.
So go ahead. Share your awesome idea with the world. It may just win you $1000.