Awesome St. Petersburg offers $1,000 prize for great ideas — first application deadline is July 1

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Do you have an awesome idea, but you need $1,000 to make it happen? Well, July 1 is the first deadline for applications for Awesome St. Petersburg — a unique funding opportunity that awards $1,000 microgrants to the most awesome idea.

Awesome St. Petersburg is a privately funded organization that funds awesome ideas quarterly. So what kinds of ideas to they consider awesome? Creative ideas that would help make our community a little better—a little stronger, friendlier, healthier and a little more “together.”

I first heard the concept of this idea presented by St. Petersburg local Reuben Pressman of Swings Tampa Bay, and now I’m seeing it come to life. Pressman offered up the concept at a presentation held by For the Love of Cities author Peter Kageyama who fully supported the idea.

Today, Pressman is Dean of Awesomeness of Awesome St. Petersburg, while Kageyama is one of ten trustees who each contribute $100 quarterly to ensure the $1,000 awards.

Awesome St. Petersburg is an offshoot of Awesome Tampa Bay, which has already awarded two $1,000 awards. First for “The Birdhouse Buying Club,” a project to provide fresh produce to low-income residents of Tampa’s Sulphur Springs neighborhood. The second was awarded to A Reflection to Peace of Mind, a project developed by a retired teacher, Sylvia Albritton, who received the grant to publish an anthology of creative writing and poetry composed by incarcerated youths.

“Obviously, there’s tons of people in Tampa Bay that have cool ideas,” said Reuben Pressman, a social entrepreneur who assembled Awesome St. Petersburg. “Ours will be featuring projects just for St. Pete.”

Application guidelines—you must be a person. That’s about it.

Seriously, this is one of the very few funding opportunities you will find that isn’t going to ask to see your nonprofit status or your audited financial statements and operating budgets for the past two fiscal years. They do want to know how you plan to spend the money, so a project budget and project description is needed.

Via Daphne Street. You may reach Daphne at [email protected]

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