Community Art Project & Paint Day at the NFFTPor Saira Siddiqui February 2023
#LiveLoveAndBe CampaignPor Zhanna Reed December 2022
Signing As ArtPor Kamil Gerald October 2022
Present State and Future PotentialPor Thomas Stankowski August 2022
Rooted in Love community collectivePor Rooted in Love May 2022
Too Damn Cold and Funky Musical Bike TourPor Marc Moscato April 2022
Story Sit-InPor Lorna MacDonald Czarnota February 2022
Buffalo Women of Environment Learning & LeadershipPor Helen Toledo December 2021
Care ClosetPor Joe'l Staples October 2021
Create Your FlavorPor Bianca L. McGraw August 2021
RAWtools BuffaloPor Steve Johnson June 2021
Sit and Think ChairsPor Lindsey Taylor April 2021
Free Little Sled LibraryPor Darren Cotton February 2021
Colored Girls Bike TooPor Jalonda Hill December 2020
BLM ProjectPor Melissa Mjoen October 2020
Community Vision QuestPor Laura Kelly August 2020
That Brown BagPor Shantelle Lynette Patton June 2020
Faces of BuffaloPor Dana Saylor May 2020
Granola for Good, from Good NeighborsPor Awesome Buffalo 2020 Trustees + Perfect Granola's Michele Liddle March 2020
Rust Belt HarvestPor Theresa Church February 2020
Awesome DecemberPor Awesome Buffalo December 2019
Birthday BuddiesPor M. Erin Grady November 2019
The Bus Stop ProjectPor Kerianne Socker August 2019
Blessing BagsPor Carrie A. Smith June 2019
Cutting the Cord WorkshopsPor John O'Brien April 2019
A Different View to BuffaloPor Nandor Pinter March 2019
Trash Can Be Beautiful ProjectPor Candace Moppins September 2018
Feed Buffalo Little PantriesPor Drea dNur July 2018
Sweet Buffalo Rocks at Oishei Children's HospitalPor Kimberly LaRussa May 2018
Solar SproutsPor Andrea Oaks March 2018
Awesome WeekendPor Awesome Buffalo December 2017
Please DO Touch the ArtPor Jessica Widmer September 2017
Open Storefront Makeover ProgramPor Joseph Kurtz June 2017
Rainbows on AllenPor 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.
If you’ve ever enjoyed the rainbow crosswalk at Elmwood & Allen, like Elton John did, you’re welcome.
Please submit your project ideas by 6pm on the following dates:
►► April 11
►► June 13
►► August 8
►► October 10
►► December 12
What makes a project Awesome?
We use the following loose criteria to select projects. Consider addressing these areas in your application:
►►Is it awesome?: Is it unique? A new idea? Something that may be unfundable through traditional means? We’re looking for your Silly Walks and your bus stop jazz clubs.
►► 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 member? 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