About Us

Launched in January 2013, Awesome New Orleans awards monthly $1,000, no-strings-attached grants to applicants in the Orleans Parish area. The focus of Awesome New Orleans will be to provide funding for civic media (community information and engagement in media) related grants eight months of the year and four months out of the year, funding will be open for other types of socially minded projects. If you are interested in applying for a grant, you can do so by clicking here. You do not need to be a nonprofit to apply! We accept applications from everyone that has a great idea– individuals, community organizations and nonprofits alike.

Awesome New Orleans also hosts events such as monthly Awesome Community Hours. For a list of upcoming events, please click here.

What we fund
For more information on our giving scope, please read “Keeping New Orleans informed

How we are funded
Awesome New Orleans is experimenting with a new funding model where trustees are asked to contribute at a sliding scale so that we can involve New Orleans residents from many walks of life. If you love New Orleans, consider contributing through the AwesomeTax.

Awesome New Orleans is also funded in part by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the Institute on Higher Awesome Studies. Funding from the Knight Foundation will be used specially to support the “community information and engagement” giving activities of the New Orleans chapter.

About the Awesome Foundation:
The Awesome Foundation is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe. Created in the summer of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is usually pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons. The chapters are autonomous and organized by the trustees around geographic areas or topics of interest.

Contact Information

Mail applications to:
C/o Shannon Dosemagen, Suite 106
4035 Washington Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70125

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