Countdown to Awesomeness 

Apply by October 10th for Your Chance to Win $2,000

Calling all dreamers. The Awesome Foundation is raising the bar and doubling our normal cash prize to $2,000 for a project that SCREAMS “awesome!” and makes Baltimore an even more awesome place just by existing. We want your wild schemes, your spectacular flights of fancy, your semi-deranged space-monkey rocket launches. We’re looking for Snark-hunters, white-whale stalkers, and King-Kong conquistadors. Something so explosive it’ll make the gunpowder plot look like a pop-gun, so off the wall it’ll bounce off the plaster like Tigger on crack, so far outside the box that right angles start to weep and cry for mercy.

Something like …

“I want to build the world’s largest hammock.”

“I want to start a fashion line for diabetics with a cheeky name that makes wearing an insulin pump hotter than toting a Fendi bag.”

“I want to recreate the boulder scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark in an urban environment so people can run screaming through back-alleys with a giant plush ball rumbling after them.”

What we don’t want: NOTHING BORING. The usual suspects will be rounded up and shot. No gallery exhibitions unless you’ve found a way to sculpt or paint with molten lava; no travel budgets or research budgets unless you bring back a yeti or resurrect a velociraptor. We think kids are awesome too but unless you’re training them to be ninja pirates, we’re probably the wrong address for funding your after-school program. We love community gardens too but we’d want to see magic beanstalks and we call dibs on all the golden eggs for our kick-ass recipe for glittering french toast. In other words, nothing that’s already been done to death or would get funded by a foundation NOT run by a crew of reckless maniacs bent on world anti-hum-drum-ination.

Got it? Awesome. Collect your inspiration together into concentrated form, go to and tell us why you should get two thousand bucks for it by OCTOBER 10th.

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