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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.

Come Help Us Celebrate Our First-Ever Pitch Night

Our first event is being held Tuesday, March 28th at 7pm at the Washington Market in downtown Buffalo. Finalists will pitch their projects, and one winner will finish the event with $1000 cash to make Buffalo even more awesome!

Applications for the March event are now closed. If you submitted an application for March, thank you! You'll hear from us on or before March 18th if you're selected as a finalist.

And, don't worry! If you didn't get your application in yet, you haven't lost your chance for some cash. We're now accepting applications for our next micro-grant in June. Applications roll over, so if your project isn't selected this month, 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? 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!

Meet the Trustees