The Albedo Grant

The Albedo Grant

Kickstart Your Dreamjob or Launch Your Career to New Heights



The Overcast’s $12,500 Albedo Grant is available for entrepreneurs, organizations, and artists looking kickstart a dreamjob or launch their operation to new heights.

Its 3 sponsors, Dean MacDonald, John O’Dea, and Phil Keeping’s family, will judge your submissions, and grant $12,500, no strings attached, to a winner.

Previous submissions have included everything from local breweries to luxury campgrounds, concert series, and donut shops.

Whatever your mind can whip up that’s worthy of free funding is eligible, but there’s an emphasis on benefit to the community you’ll operate out of. This grant exists to help you leap over any financial barriers between you and your golden idea, be a start-up or an expansion project.

Apply Now

The Deadline for 2018’s Albedo Grant is TBD.

To apply, send a brief, 1- or 2-page description of your idea to Yes, a 1- or 2-page description. If you really have a handle on your idea, you can present why it’s a great idea, how it can benefit the community, and how you will execute it in 2 pages or less! The sponsors will follow up if they have subsequent questions.

A shortlist of 5 will be presented during the last week of June 2017, and a winner will be revealed as July’s Cover Story.

Notice to Benevolent Local Do-Gooders

If you, like Dean, The Keepings, and John are a benevolent local businessperson, and would like to get in on the Albedo Grant with your own contribution (of $2,500 or $5000), get in touch. The more money in this pot the better.


2015: The Autism Society’s “Mobile Gardening Unit”

2016: The School Lunch Association’s “After School Culinary Program”

2017: Dildo Brewery, Taproom, and Museum