24 Oct

Lewis Weil of Austin Sea Veggies — Austin Awesome Foundation Grantee (October 2012)

Congrats to Lewis Weil of Austin Sea Veggies, who is October 2012 Awesome Austin Foundation grantee:

“My goal is produce amazing, fresh, healthy local seafood anywhere in world. I want people to have good food and for us to be able to leave the wild environment alone at the same time.”

See the Project’s page (Awesome Foundation).

This is a super awesome project, a great example of the awesome projects we are looking to fund. Lewis’ Austin Sea Veggies has garnered interest from gourmets and restaurants across the U.S. Check out his video on Slashdot.

Here is a picture of some of the trustees together with Lewis:

From left: C. Enrique Ortiz, Jacqueline Hughes, Hugh Forrest, Lewis Weil, Joel Bush

About Austin Awesome Foundation: Got an awesome idea? Would $1000, with no strings attached, make it a reality? Read more at The Austinot.


05 Jul

Austin Awesome Foundation, June 2012: “Astronomy for Underserved Populations”

Awesome Foundation

Another month, another grant…

The Austin Awesome Foundation board of trustees have selected the project “Astronomy for Underserved Populations” as the recipient of June 2012 $1,000 grant. Congrats to Amy Jackson of Starry Sky Austin.


My experience as an educator is that families with the financial means and time can provide their children with enriching educational opportunities such as a trip to the McDonald Observatory for example. I want to provide an opportunity for underserved communities to look through telescopes who wouldn’t normally. Seeing Saturn for example for the first time is an eye-opening experience. I have heard adults giggle when they see it and ask me if it is real or not. Understanding our place in the universe brings about a sense of peace and deep knowing that we are all part of the same stuff… we are all in this together. Peace through astronomy, if you will.

This project was selected from a batch of around 20 applications that we received in May alone. While all projects are unique, this month’s selection was based on the impact to underserved populations, including children, the project’s focused-mission, and the great passion by the project’s leader.

The Austin Awesome Foundation is getting an increased number of applications each month, and the applications themselves are getting better and more interesting; it is very exciting to be part of this.

Remember to submit your applications at the Austin Awesome Foundation website.


05 Feb

Proclamation: February 6 is Awesome Day in Austin

Awesome Foundation

February 6 is now officially Awesome Day in Austin, Texas.

The Mayor of the City of Austin, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, just proclaimed February 6 as “Awesome Day” in honor of the launch of the Austin chapter (@atxawesome) of the Awesome Foundation.

As one of its founding members, I am super excited about joining my co-founders and helping start the new Austin chapter with its mission of Forwarding the interest of Awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time.

What is the Awesome Foundation?

The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe.

Created in the long hot summer days of 2009 in Boston, the Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is 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.

The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance.

So if you have an idea that is related to the Arts and/or Sciences and need some help to kick start it, feel free to apply for a grant!

The official Proclamation by the Major of Austin

Austin Austin Proclamatin