Present State and Future PotentialPar Thomas Stankowski August 2022
Rooted in Love community collectivePar Rooted in Love May 2022
Too Damn Cold and Funky Musical Bike TourPar Marc Moscato April 2022
Story Sit-InPar Lorna MacDonald Czarnota February 2022
Buffalo Women of Environment Learning & LeadershipPar Helen Toledo December 2021
Care ClosetPar Joe'l Staples October 2021
Create Your FlavorPar Bianca L. McGraw August 2021
RAWtools BuffaloPar Steve Johnson June 2021
Sit and Think ChairsPar Lindsey Taylor April 2021
Free Little Sled LibraryPar Darren Cotton February 2021
Colored Girls Bike TooPar Jalonda Hill December 2020
BLM ProjectPar Melissa Mjoen October 2020
Community Vision QuestPar Laura Kelly August 2020
That Brown BagPar Shantelle Lynette Patton June 2020
Faces of BuffaloPar Dana Saylor May 2020
Granola for Good, from Good NeighborsPar Awesome Buffalo 2020 Trustees + Perfect Granola's Michele Liddle March 2020
Rust Belt HarvestPar Theresa Church February 2020
Awesome DecemberPar Awesome Buffalo December 2019
Birthday BuddiesPar M. Erin Grady November 2019
The Bus Stop ProjectPar Kerianne Socker August 2019
Blessing BagsPar Carrie A. Smith June 2019
Cutting the Cord WorkshopsPar John O'Brien April 2019
A Different View to BuffaloPar Nandor Pinter March 2019
Trash Can Be Beautiful ProjectPar Candace Moppins September 2018
Feed Buffalo Little PantriesPar Drea dNur July 2018
Sweet Buffalo Rocks at Oishei Children's HospitalPar Kimberly LaRussa May 2018
Solar SproutsPar Andrea Oaks March 2018
Awesome WeekendPar Awesome Buffalo December 2017
Please DO Touch the ArtPar Jessica Widmer September 2017
Open Storefront Makeover ProgramPar Joseph Kurtz June 2017
Rainbows on AllenPar Seth Amman March 2017
Awesome Buffalo is a giving circle that awards $1000 cash to weird, wonderful, and timely projects that make Buffalo more awesome.
We’re entirely volunteer-run and self-funded. We don’t distribute grants, and we’re not organized as a nonprofit. We simply give no-strings-attached cash to one awesome project every other month.
Please submit your project ideas by 6pm on the following dates:
►► October 11
►► December 13
Apply For $1000
What makes a project Awesome?
We use the following loose criteria to select projects. Consider addressing these areas in your application:
►► Will $1000 make an actual impact? : We try to support individuals and small groups, rather than organizations who’re already well-funded. We’re looking for the small, but mighty projects for which $1000 will make a huge difference. Be as specific as possible; tell us exactly how the cash will be spent, so we can best understand your idea.
►►How will the project help the Buffalo area?: It’s important to us to fund projects that directly support and impact our neighbors in the Buffalo-Niagara community. We’ll consider projects outside city limits, but maybe not all the way in Rochester. Pssst… they have a chapter too!
We don’t typically fund:
►► Personal use: We think you’re really awesome, but we can't give you $1000 for personal salary/a car/vacation/rent payment/home reno/pony.
►► Charities, foundations, organizations: We’re primarily interested in new ventures and not the continuation of an existing organization. But existing organizations with a specific, creative $1000 project can apply!
►► Promotion: We want to hear all about your awesome idea and how we can help fund its happening, not just its posters.
Interested in joining our circle as a donating trustee? Drop us a form to join the waitlist here!
- Buffalo Business First: Got an awesome project? This group of Buffalonians wants to fund it.
- Buffalo Business First: Everyone has crazy ideas. Why not bring them to us?
- Buffalo Rising: Awesome Buffalo
- Buffalo Rising: RAWTools Buffalo | Guns to Garden Tools
- Buffalo Rising: The Little Free Sled Library
- Buffalo Spree: Awesome Buffalo Funds More Projects
- Latitude - The 43North Podcast: Making Buffalo Awesome
- News 4, WIVB-TV featuring Colored Girls Bike Too
- News 4, WIVB-TV featuring Feed Buffalo
- Niagara Frontier Publications
- WBFO coverage of Be Awesome Day
- WBFO featuring Rainbows on Allen