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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: October 2017

Congratulations to the latest Awesome Foundation Newmarket grant recipient! The Rainy Day Newmarket Children’s Project helps Newmarket-based children and youth living with the diagnosis of life-threatening illness. Whether it’s through services or funds, the project, run by the Shine Through the Rain Foundation, helps patients and their families with the social/emotional/financial devastation that can occur. “Most people don’t know that pediatric patients are at risk of life-long financial ruin, depression, anxiety and resulting mental health concerns,” says Laurie Docimo, who handles sponsorships and grants for the Foundation. The project, she says, provides on a number of fronts, such as helping with late bills and grocery costs to transportation to medical appointments so children can recover in their own homes. There are also gifts to hospitals and homes to bring smiles and joy to kids as they face what is often a scary hospital experience. Later, there are both camp backpacks and camp scholarships when children are well enough to attend to help them reconnect with peers and return to a normal life. Congratulations Rainy Day Newmarket Children’s Project!

From left to right: Awesome trustees, Jackie Playter and Juliet Irish with Laurie Docimo and trustees Debra Scott and Wasim Jarrah. 

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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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