BNMC Spark: Igniting Community Ideas

The BNMC has selected 17 organizations out of more than 60 applicants to receive a total of $36,500 in its first annual BNMC Spark micro-grant program! Local community members and organizations were invited to apply for grant funding for projects and programs that help to showcase the neighborhoods adjacent to the Medical Campus as active, vibrant places.  Funded programs include art projects, wellness programs, preservation efforts and skills development initiatives and many others.

Spark Grant Awardees

El Museo’s Art in Transit Pilot Project      
Organization: El Museo

Salute to African American History Makers             
Organization: Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor

Community Food Wellness Initiative        
Organization: Mulberry Street Block Club
Partner Organizations: Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers, Grassroots Gardens, Massachusetts Avenue Project

Garden to Table: Food You Can Bank On  
Organization: Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church
Partner Organization: Cornell University Cooperative Extension

Fruit Belt Cultural Resource Brochure & Outreach
Organization: Fruit Belt-McCarley Gardens Housing Task Force
Partner Organization: Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Pottery Wheels for Locust Street Art
Organization: Locust Street Art

Green Window City Project            
Resident: Kelly Atkinson
Partner Organization: Locust Street Art, Tool Library, Zero Waste Buffalo, Allentown First Fridays

Gazebo Park Sanctuary 
Organization: Fruit Belt Coalition

Teaching 21st Century Skills to Disadvantaged Communities in Buffalo
Organization: The Foundry
Partner Organization:

Wise Young Builders Program    
Organization: Wise Young Builders

Low Cost Home Delivery of Locally Grown Produce
Organization: Fresh Fix
Partner Organization: Community Nutrition Partnership

Brain Awareness Campaign (BAC)   
Organization: University at Buffalo’s Neuroscience Graduate Student Association

Historically Appropriate Restoration of 61 College Street
Organization: Allentown Association, Inc.

Historic Linwood Preservation District Banners                 
Organization: Linwood Preservation District & Friends

Yoga: Wellness Embodied Partnership      
Organization: Yogis in Service
Partner Organization: lululemon athletica

City, History and Nature: Pop-Up @ the Corridor
Organization: Coppertown Block Club
Partner Organization: Groundwork Buffalo, Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor

Youth Education Outreach “The Science of Saving” Program 
Organization: St. John United Credit Union

The Spark grants help programs or projects in a targeted zone around the Medical Campus that align with BNMC’s key goals of cultivating a safe accessible, active, and inclusive district that fosters health and wellbeing and is supported by smart sustainable infrastructure; strengthening the community with economic opportunities benefiting local youth, residents, businesses, and neighborhoods; and driving innovation, job growth, and economic development. Priority was also given to those initiatives that focus on access to healthy food and active living opportunities; neighborhood improvements including beautification, walkability and enhanced transportation options; arts and culture; energy and sustainability; youth and education; and access to jobs and economic opportunities.

The 2018 Spark Grant application process is now closed. Please check back for future updates or contact Kyria Stephens at with any questions.