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Posted on: July 9, 2020

Mayor Brown Announces Final Winners of Grant Program to Help Combat Covid-19 in the City of Buffalo


Buffalo, NY –Mayor Byron W. Brown today announced the final group of awardees of the new Love Your Block Community Response Fund grant program aimed at supporting community efforts to combat COVID-19 in the City of Buffalo. The initiative, powered by Cities of Service and administered by the City of Buffalo’s Division of Citizen Services, awards mini-grants of up to $500 to local efforts that alleviate the hardships caused by the pandemic, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives across the globe.

Award winners in the final round include:

  • Azar Ministries - Purchasing of masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer to distribute along with hot meals for the community
  • Buffalo Dream Center - Purchasing supplies to hold multiple mobile food pantries while also delivering food and supplies to families
  • Buffalo’s Own - Funding supports purchase of hygiene care packs, produce, canned goods, etc. to residents in need;
  • Erie Regional Housing Development Corp. (The Belle Center) - Serving the Lower West Side, funding supports purchase of materials and perishable protein for food pantry;
  • Gallatin Ave. Block Club - Distributing food and masks throughout the community;
  • Jes Breathe Block Club / Cancer Awareness Group - Purchasing of masks, gloves, and sanitizing wipes to be distributed to those in need;
  • Love Alive Fellowship Church - Purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes to distribute to the community;
  • Response to Love Center - Purchasing food for distribution in the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood;
  • Trinidad Neighborhood Association Block Club - Purchasing and distribution of PPE in the community;
  • Victory Sports - Purchasing jump ropes for kids throughout Citywide to encourage physical activity during the pandemic;
  • Winslow Ave. Block Club #2 – Supporting a giveaway to assist families in need.

Mayor Brown stated, “I thank all of these amazing community organizations for stepping up to lend a hand when our community needed it most. It is through exceptional efforts like these that Buffalo has earned the reputation as a City that takes care of its own, a City of Good Neighbors.”

Director of the Division of Citizen Services Oswaldo Mestre, Jr. stated, “While COVID-19 has impacted our community, it has not done anything to deter the spirit of helping others. I am confident that we will get through this pandemic as we succeeded in the past: By working together.”

This is the second and final round of Love Your Block Community Response Fund grant awards. The first round of awardees announced on June 26, 2020, include: Ashland Avenue Block Club, H.E.A.L. International, Preservation Buffalo Niagara, Buffalo Resilience, Pucho, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Freedom Gardens, Beau Fleuve Music & Arts and The Tool Library.

The Love Your Block Community Response Fund was made possible with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). To learn more about the Love Your Block program, visit

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