Today is International Repair Day, and this year’s theme is “Repair for Climate, Repair for Future.” To celebrate, we’re giving away $50,000 in tools to Repair Cafés and other repair communities, so they can grow their reach and prevent more broken items from becoming waste.
Our mission is to encourage people to fix their broken stuff. Sometimes though, beginners need that last nudge to get them going, and repair communities are great for that. Getting help and support from other fixers can have a huge impact on someone who’s just getting started with tinkering and fixing things—98% of my repair knowledge came from asking questions and learning from experienced fixers, both online and off. Without that kind of community, I’m not sure I’d even be sitting here writing this.
Repair Cafés and other repair communities provide a space for people to bring the broken stuff they don’t know how to fix, and get help from someone who does. They’re also a great place to not only learn something new, but share your own knowledge with other fixers—you may not know how to fix a blender, but you might know how to re-stitch a torn sweater.
We want to give back to repair initiatives that help out their local communities as well as make the iFixit online repair community a better place. We’ll be giving up to $500 worth of iFixit tools to 100 repair communities around the globe, totaling $50,000 in microgrants.
To apply, email us at email@example.com and provide the following information:
- Your mailing address.
- A link to your Team page on iFixit.
- Links to your website, Facebook page, and other social profiles, if applicable.
- Link to a calendar or a web page with regularly updated events, if applicable.
- Ways your local group is planning on helping the online repair community.
- Bonus points if you include photos of recent events or activities!
The deadline to submit your application is December 31, 2019, and we’ll notify the winners via email early next year. We’re looking forward to receiving your submissions and wish you all the best for your projects!