Spark 2019

2019 Spark Grant Awardees

The BNMC has selected 11 organizations out of more than 40 applicants to receive a total of $39,000 in its 2nd 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 projects include community gardens, technology upgrades, music and art programs, and more. 

276 Southhampton Beautification   
Organization: None Like You/ We Care
The grant will help beautify a dilapidated structure by funding painting of the exterior of the building and work on the second floor porch. 

Technology Upgrade at TSA’s Youth Drop-in Center
Organization: The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Drop-in Program will provide a Computer Lab for its youth program to work on school projects and daily assignments, participate in tutoring, typing lessons, writing resumes, job trainings, and more. Additionally, the current computers do not have access to Microsoft Office, so students cannot complete assignments or school projects. This computer lab would also be used by the youth TV & Radio Broadcasting program for video production and editing.

Summer Spruce Up
Organization: Fruit Belt Community Land Trust
Partner organizations: The Foundry, Fruit Belt United 
FB Community Land Trust in partnership with The Foundry and Fruit Belt United will host a workshop to teach community members how to build raised planting beds. The workshop will culminate with a community clean up and installation of the raised beds at the playground located at 161 Mulberry, which is owned by Fruit Belt United.

Beau Fleuve Summer Youth Program
Organization: Beau Fleuve Music & Arts 
Partner organization: Art Services Initiative 
Beau Fleuve Youth Summer Program will use poetry, music, and paint, coupled with an emotional intelligence program, to provide students the emotional tools to help them manage and overcome stress inside and outside of school.

DSLR Cameras for a Digital World        
Organization: Locust Street Art
Locust Street Art provides the last free photography class in WNY and has just expanded its programming to teach students ages 4 and up how to use a DSLR camera. LSA is using photography to improved self-esteem, motivation, aesthetic awareness, cultural exposure, improved emotional expression, as well as social harmony and appreciation of diversity.

Chillin’ in the Park
Organization: Friends of Sisti Park
This grant will help make infrastructure improvements to Sisti Park located at the intersection of Franklin/Linwood and North Street, an easily walkable distance from the Medical Campus. 

Community Garden
Organization: Fruit Belt Coalition 
The Fruitbelt Coalition AKA “Fruit of the City” will be finishing the sancuary park located at Mulberry St. & BFNC Dr. This project builds off of 2018 Spark funding for a garden gazebo. 

Mural Project
Organization: Person Centered Services 
Partner organization: LDA of WNY and Starlight Studios and Art Gallery
Children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities will learn about art, plan a mural project, and install the mural to a building in or around the Medical Campus.

Education & Engineering Greenhouse
Organization: Community Action Organization of WNY 
The Education and Engineering Greenhouse will utilize this grant to purchase a smartboard for a classroom in the green house. The smartboard will provide a hands-on, interactive learning tools with many built-in features enhance STEM learning.

Food is Art 
Organization: Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology
Partner organization: Aunt Connie’s Ed-U Kitchen
BCAT will offer a free 3-hour event on a Saturday this summer, which will be open to the community, and our surrounding neighborhoods for a creative and fun way to bring awareness of and experiences with healthy nutrition.

Sensory Garden for Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals 
Organization: Olmsted Center for Sight
Olmsted Center for Sight will create a sensory garden at its site located at 1170 Main Street  for people who are blind or visually impaired. Our main senses are sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste, so while a sensory garden would concentrate on all five, a sensory garden for the blind concentrates mostly on just four, particularly the sense of smell by planting scented plants and herbs