Foundation’s awesome grant

Brenda Sharpe, Nora Beahan and Dee Matthews with the Learn to Sew kit. Picture: David Baylis d425366
Brenda Sharpe, Nora Beahan and Dee Matthews with the Learn to Sew kit. Picture: David Baylis d425366

Brenda Sharpe recently received a grant from the Awesome Foundation to produce packaging and supplies for her dress-making kits and it also helped her make her way to Melbourne for a textile printing internship.

‘The grant has given me confidence and courage to keep going, and build momentum into my new business,’ she said.

She has opened a store on www.etsy.com and is working on building contacts.

The Awesome Foundation awards $1000 grants every month to help people follow their dreams and get their awesome ideas off the ground.

Local trustee Dee Matthews said several organisations in Perth’s northern suburbs had qualified for the grants but she was eager for groups in Perth’s south to find out more and take advantage of the opportunity.

The foundation is a growing worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe and there are about 10 trustees in Perth, many who live locally.

There are 99 chapters in 22 countries.

Australia has five, including in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide.

BECOME AN AWESOME TRUSTEE
– If you’re interested in starting a chapter, which involves assembling a group of 10 ‘trustees’ willing to each contribute $100 every month toward the $1000 grant, get in touch at join@awesomefoundation.
org.
– Since 2009, when the fund was established in Boston, more than $1.1 million in grants have been distributed to help more than 1160 projects. Visit www.awesomefoundation.org for more information.