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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: June 2017

Rose of Sharon Services for Young Mothers provides counselling, education and parenting resources to prenatal and parenting young mothers. Lack of transportation is frequently a huge barrier for those looking to access programs at Rose of Sharon, explains Caitlin Gladney-Hatcher, Fund Development Coordinator with Rose of Sharon. The grant, she says, will help offset the costs associated with getting young mothers and their children to and from Rose of Sharon. “Ensuring transportation for young moms may be expensive but it’s an essential key to removing barriers to the help mom and her baby so greatly needs,” says Gladney-Hatcher. Congratulations!

From left to right: Awesome trustees Wasim Jarrah Real Estate Group, Juliet Irish with Caitlin Gladney-Hatcher (Rose of Sharon) and trustees Diane Farmer and 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. 

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