We want all you creators, big-thinkers, and dreamers of our great city to prove it. And we’ll be giving away 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.
Our first pitch event will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, March 28th in downtown Buffalo. We'll select five finalists to pitch their projects and select the winner that night! All finalists must be able to attend the pitch event in order to be considered for the grant. Please have your application submitted by Tuesday, March 14th for a chance to be a part of the Spring pitch event. You will be notified by the end of that week if you are a finalist.
Applications do roll over, so if your project is not selected for the grant in March, we could still fund it in the future!
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?
►►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!