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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.

We accept 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



Latest Awesome Foundation Newmarket Recipient: July 2018


What’s awesome? Cool new backpacks filled with awesome stuff, that’s what! The Women's Centre of York Region (WCYR) is our latest grant recipient for their Back to School Backpack drive, now in its 11th year. Last year, 83 kids benefitted from the program. “Many of our clients struggle to make ends meet and often can’t afford back to school items,” explains Payton Chapley, Fundraising and Community Events Coordinator with WCYR. “The program ensures that all children and adult learners have access to the tools they need to be successful in school, and ensure that they start their year with dignity.” Each age appropriate backpack is estimated to cost about $40 and will get distributed in late August.

Payton Chapley (middle) with Awesome trustees Tracy Walter, Jackie Playter, Wasim Jarrah and Hollie Hoadley. 

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