The UNFoundation Funds ‘Cool Ideas’ (Like This Musical Quilt)

Dec 30, 2013

Since its start in 2011, the UNFoundation has awarded 23 micro-grants to various people and projects in Chattanooga, such as a ukulele camp at the Folk School, a cookbook that features native plant recipes and a quilt that plays music.  Their slogan is, “We Fund Cool Ideas In Chattanooga!”

Yang and David Welch received a $1000 grant from the UNFoundation to buy supplies for their musical quilt. Made of both regular and special piezoresistive fabric, the quilt contains wires, LEDS and is connected to a laptop. When touched, the quilt can light up and make sounds.

Funded by trustees who contribute $100 per month, the UNFoundation awards up to $1500 each month to a carefully-chosen project that aims to make Chattanooga a better place.  Potential grant recipients apply online. 

The UNFoundation is looking for new projects and trustees.  More information is available at their Web site, or by e-mailing