The Awesome Foundation is spreading some awesomeness around Birmingham

Photo from the Awesome Foundation of the STREAM Coding Boot Camp

Earlier this week, the Awesome Foundation of Birmingham announced they had chosen Ruffner Mountain as the October recipient of their monthly $1000 grant.

Launched in January, the Awesome Foundation gives out a $1000 grant each month to an organization or project that supports sciences, arts, education, civic engagement, media, and entertainment — just about anything as long as it contributes to making The Magic City more AWESOME!

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Bham Now wrote about the Awesome Foundation’s first grant back in January when they presented their inaugural award to the UAB Solar Decathlon.  That special group of students, faculty and staff have gone on to compete in Denver, Colorado against universities from across the nation this month with their “SurvivAL” house.

Here is Bham Now’s complete coverage of the Alabama Team Surviv(AL) house starting with the grant from the Awesome Foundation back in January.

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First recipient of a $1000 grant from the Awesome Foundation – Birmingham Chapter – Team Alabama Solar Decathlon SURVIV(AL) House

“BE Calm and BE AWESOME” $1000 at a time – The Awesome Foundation Birmingham Chapter 

Solar-powered UAB Surviv(AL) house to compete in Solar Decathlon 2017

Spreading awesomeness throughout the Magic City

The local  Birmingham chapter  of the Awesome Foundation was established by Dionne Mahaffey and Max Rykov.

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter’s “trustees” and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

Girls Build Birmingham Bus Stop Shelter funded by the Awesome Foundation – photo from Awesome Foundation Facebook page

Since January, the Birmingham chapter has given out nine grants to worthy organizations.  Here are links to their descriptions:

Team Alabama Solar Decathlon SURVIV(AL) House
Futureproof Alabama
1st One: Workforce Development and Job Readiness Program for teens
Dream Makerz
The Dannon Project – Youth Build
Girls Build Birmingham 
Children’s Village
STREAM Coding Boot Camp
Programs at Ruffner Mountain

Photo from the Awesome Foundation
Got an Awesome project?

If you want to be part of something very awesome or want to apply for an AWESOME grant visit

As they say at the top of the Birmingham chapter’s website:




Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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