Awesome Tampa Bay Gives Grants For Ideas To Create A Better Place

Think you have an awesome idea for solving a community problem or bringing people together in an innovative way? If so, Awesome Tampa Bay (ATB) wants to hear from you.

Awesome Tampa Bay was recently created through a partnership between Hampton Dohrman of Hampton Arts Management and Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities and founder of Creative Cities Productions.

Awesome Tampa Bay is part of a larger group known as the Awesome Foundation, which started in Boston in 2009. Since then over 25 Awesome Foundation chapters have popped up internationally.

“The awesome foundation is about creativity, fun and seeing things in a different way,” says Hampton Dohrman, who is known as the dean of awesomeness. “An awesome chapter in San Francisco gave a grant to someone to do something fun. The local chapter there gave a grant to someone to paint giant dots on the roofs of buildings in the area, which through Google maps satellite created the world’s largest game of connect the dots. ”  

The board of trustees, also known as the trustees of awesomeness, has been formed and is made up of local leaders. They will be choosing their first grant winner Dec. 1. The winner will receive a $1,000 grant to use for their project. Those interested in submitting an application to receive the grant need to do so through the ATB website before the Nov. 1  deadline.

“What is awesome about the grant is that it gives people the financial resources to go out and do something,” Dohrman says. “People are ambitious and want to engage the community, and this grant gives them the chance to do so. ”

Writer: Kimberly Patterson
Source: Hampton Dohrman, Awesome Tampa Bay

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Kimberly Patterson is a news editor for 83 Degrees Media in the Tampa Bay region of Florida.
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