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Making Awesome happen, $1,000 at a time

How do we ensure Newmarket continues to be the best place to live and work in Canada? It starts with Awesome ideas. Enter the Awesome Foundation Newmarket, a group that provides monthly hassle-free micro grants to help bring those ideas to life.

Rather than a charity, the Awesome Foundation is like a giving circle. Ten trustees give $100 of their own money each month to help an individual or group implement a great idea that helps people locally. At the Awesome Foundation Newmarket, we focus on ideas that benefit youth in Newmarket.

Latest Awesome Foundation Newmarket Recipient: July 2017

You know what's awesome? Arriving to school with a jazzy new backpack filled with all the supplies needed to start the school year off right. This September, 83 kids got to experience that terrific feeling thanks to the “Back to School Backpack Program” by the Women’s Centre of York Region, which received Awesome Foundation Newmarket’s latest grant for the initiative.  Women’s Centre of York Region (WCYR) is a non-profit organization that offers low/no-cost programming and services to women who are looking for positive change in their lives. 

Kaitlyn Olliff, WCYR Tangible Supports Coordinator, says the team was thrilled about the grant. “The Back to School Program ensures that our clients and their children have access to the tools they need to be successful in starting their school year—with dignity. That is AWESOME!"

From left to right: L to R: Awesome trustees Juliet Irish, Debra Scott and Wasim Jarrah with Kaitlyn Olliff from Women's Centre of York Region and trustee Jackie Playter. 

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We’re constantly accepting idea submissions from people of any age and with a variety of ideas. No idea is too small, and those that promote fun are as important as those with more serious focus. APPLY NOW

Got questions? Check out the Awesome FAQ


No-strings-attached micro grants? You bet! Get the scoop on Awesome and discover more about our chapter.

AWESOME TRUSTEES: Who in the world would give away $100 of their own money each month? Our truly Awesome Trustees, that’s who. Coming soon: Learn more about the people behind Awesome Foundation Newmarket. 

PAST WINNERS: What’s Awesome? An anti-bullying campaign, a lunch program for school kids created by school kids, a local hockey rink, an art exhibit… We can go on and on. Read more about some of our past winners

MEDIA: Coming soon: Check out the nice things people have said about Awesome Foundation Newmarket. 

Leslee Mason
03 Aug, 2017

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