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About Us


We want all you creators, big-thinkers, and dreamers of our great city to prove it. And we’ll be giving away micro-grants, up to $1000 cash, to help make that happen. The Awesome Foundation isn’t your average foundation. We’re not a charity, and we’re not trying to make a profit. Awesome Buffalo’s board of trustees is a group of diverse locals ready to open our own wallets to make a positive impact in our community and promote its awesomeness. If you’ve got an idea and need some support to take your initiative to the next level, you’ve come to the right place.

First Funded Project

Thanks to everyone who attended, pitched, and helped out at our pitch night on March 28th in downtown Buffalo. (Check out the photos here!) We’re thrilled to announce the first-ever Awesome Buffalo grantee, Rainbows on Allen. The goal of Rainbows on Allen is to use traffic-grade paint to symbolize inclusiveness and acceptance by rainbow-style crosswalks on Allen Street in Buffalo. An ongoing project create in partnership with the Allentown Association and The Pride Center of WNY, the first phase is kicking off during Pride Week, with the first sidewalks painted by June 2, 2017 for the Association's kick-off First Fridays gallery walk.

Apply for Our Next Grant

Ready for your chance at $1000? Applications for our June grant are open, and must be submitted by Tuesday, May 30, 2017. All finalists must be available to pitch their projects during the evening of June 27, 2017 to be considered. Good luck!

Some rough guidelines for Awesome projects:

►►Impact: Does it help people? Does it increase happiness in Buffalo? Will you be able to measure its success?

►► Joy and surprise: Does it make people smile?

►►Innovation: Is it a totally new idea?

►► Staying power: Will it stick around after the money is gone?

►►Environmental impact: Needless waste is not awesome.

►►Bigness: Is there potential to reach a lot of people?

►►Value: Will Awesome Buffalo get good bang for its buck? Will $1000 be able to make your project happen?

►►Local: How will this help the city of Buffalo?

We don’t typically fund:

►► Personal use: We think you’re really awesome, but we’re probably not going to just give you $1000 for a car/vacation/rent payment/home repair/pony… unless it’s the crucial component of a bigger project that also benefits others!

►► Charities and foundations: We’re primarily interested in funding projects or new ventures and not the continuation of an existing organization. If your organization still wants to apply, think of a specific, creative $1000 project that our money could go directly towards!

►► Vague causes: That is to say, the more specific you are in your application about what you’ll use the money for and why, the more likely we are to fund it! Good luck!

Need some help writing your proposal? We've broken it down into 8 easy steps here!


Interested in becoming a trustee? Drop us a form here!

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