Aaron Makaruk

Seeding food gardens

So, what's the big idea?

Aaron Makaruk’s fellowship focus was to develop methodologies, tools and kits for integrating natural agricultural and ecological systems with urban environments. He wanted to restore balance to food production and consumption cycles. These include AKER’s simple garden https://akerkits.com/ that snap together without tools in just minutes and can be adjusted to fit even the smallest balcony; and Open Source Beehives, a global network of citizen scientists measuring and reporting the health of bee populations around the world.

Aaron Makaruk's flash grant nominations

Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.

Gregoire Durrens
Daniel Kruse

Spend breakdown

At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.

The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within our financial year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.


Fellow contribution: $8,448.55
Our contribution: $149,483.66
Total funds: $157,932.21


Fellow contribution: $9,227.13
Our contribution: $92,271.25
Total funds: $101,498.38
Office space
Total funding to date: