Community Art Project & Paint Day at the NFFTBy Saira Siddiqui February 2023
#LiveLoveAndBe CampaignBy Zhanna Reed December 2022
Signing As ArtBy Kamil Gerald October 2022
Present State and Future PotentialBy Thomas Stankowski August 2022
Rooted in Love community collectiveBy Rooted in Love May 2022
Too Damn Cold and Funky Musical Bike TourBy Marc Moscato April 2022
Story Sit-InBy Lorna MacDonald Czarnota February 2022
Buffalo Women of Environment Learning & LeadershipBy Helen Toledo December 2021
Care ClosetBy Joe'l Staples October 2021
Create Your FlavorBy Bianca L. McGraw August 2021
RAWtools BuffaloBy Steve Johnson June 2021
Sit and Think ChairsBy Lindsey Taylor April 2021
Free Little Sled LibraryBy Darren Cotton February 2021
Colored Girls Bike TooBy Jalonda Hill December 2020
BLM ProjectBy Melissa Mjoen October 2020
Community Vision QuestBy Laura Kelly August 2020
That Brown BagBy Shantelle Lynette Patton June 2020
Faces of BuffaloBy Dana Saylor May 2020
Granola for Good, from Good NeighborsBy Awesome Buffalo 2020 Trustees + Perfect Granola's Michele Liddle March 2020
Rust Belt HarvestBy Theresa Church February 2020
Awesome DecemberBy Awesome Buffalo December 2019
Birthday BuddiesBy M. Erin Grady November 2019
The Bus Stop ProjectBy Kerianne Socker August 2019
Blessing BagsBy Carrie A. Smith June 2019
Cutting the Cord WorkshopsBy John O'Brien April 2019
A Different View to BuffaloBy Nandor Pinter March 2019
Trash Can Be Beautiful ProjectBy Candace Moppins September 2018
Feed Buffalo Little PantriesBy Drea dNur July 2018
Sweet Buffalo Rocks at Oishei Children's HospitalBy Kimberly LaRussa May 2018
Solar SproutsBy Andrea Oaks March 2018
Awesome WeekendBy Awesome Buffalo December 2017
Please DO Touch the ArtBy Jessica Widmer September 2017
Open Storefront Makeover ProgramBy Joseph Kurtz June 2017
Rainbows on AllenBy 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