Awesome Poughkeepsie is a community-driven, micro-grant program that gives out $1,000 grants each month to selected applicants (community groups and neighbors with great ideas that will positively impact our community). The funds come from a pool created by neighbors and local businesses/institutions and our board meets monthly to vote on who gets the grant.
We are the City of Poughkeepsie chapter of the Awesome Foundation, an international philanthropy program with almost 100 chapters worldwide. One of the best things about Awesome Foundation is that it removes the main barrier for traditional grant funding: a long, complicated application.
Here are ways to be a part of this project:
1. Become a Trustee - Each chapter of the Awesome Foundation is powered by 10 (or more) Trustees who put in $100 each month. We will meet monthly (with a Zoom option) to review submissions and vote on who receives the grant. If you're enthusiastic about this project, but can't afford the monthly dues (and there's still room on the Board), please reach out so we can find a way to get you included.
2. Sponsor a Seat – Make a donation toward a guest Trustee seat.
$100/month might be out of reach for some who are interested joining us and we prioritize having a diverse group of voices from the community in the room (age, race, socioeconomic status, etc.). If you, your business, or a person/professional organization you know might like to sponsor a seat, please give me an intro. If you want a sponsored seat or want to nominate someone for a sponsored seat, please introduce yourself.
3. Help get the word out - Tell someone about us! Do you know a project that deserves $1000 here in City of Poughkeepsie? Or perhaps someone who might want to join as Trustee? Please help get the word out!
Please feel free to reach out with any questions or if you want to get involved.
Co-Deans: Gina McCann, Isis Benitez
Trustees: Anthony Slade, Jordan Schinella, Talent Davis, Tanya Smallwood, Katie Hite, Diamond Mima, Kate Lashua, Liz O'Raffity
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