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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: November 2017

What’s awesome? How about STEM at school with STEM-based learning at lunch as well as in-class workshops? That’s what lucky students at one school in Newmarket will receive thanks to our most recent Awesome Foundation Newmarket grant.  The partnered initiative put together by grant recipient STEM MINDS, will give students there the opportunity to experience STEM first hand.  It eliminates financial constraints—one of the biggest barriers to accessing quality STEM opportunities, says Anu Bidani, founder and CEO of STEM MINDS. The initiative, she says, helps ensure that students, regardless of financial income, are able to participate in programs and opportunities that support and encourage their passions and growth. Some of the opportunities for students will include exploring STEM concepts such as electricity, motors and circuitry, as well as LEGO robotics and coding. Congrats STEM MINDS!

Left to right: Awesome trustees Wasim Jarrah and Jackie Playter with Anu Bidani from STEM MINDS and trustees Diane Farmer and Debra Scott.


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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. 

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