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Tiny House Project

The Tiny House Project seeks to provide very low income individuals, particularly veterans, with affordable permanent housing. This funding would build a prototype house to advance the creation of a Tiny House community in Rochester.

Estimated Cost: $50,000


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1st Mile Last Mile

Provide transportation (i.e. ride hailing or van pooling services) to assist those in need when public bus transportation is not enough.

Estimated Cost: $15,000


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House of Mercy Emergency Housing Fund

The House of Mercy Emergency Housing Fund Project seeks to provide immediate funding to prevent homelessness or keep people in housing. This project would provide funding and improve coordination of funds with needs. It will also fund creating and managing a tracking system to follow clients’ progress and improve allocation efficiencies.

Estimated Cost: $50,000


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Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS)

CCCS is a local-nonprofit that has improved the financial wellness of Rochesterians since 1970. This funding will increase our capacity to provide 400 more 1:1 financial counseling sessions, enroll 25 low-income residents in long-term financial coaching, and enroll 25 youth in our financial education program.

Estimated Cost: $50,000


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Feed People, Not Landfills: Flower City Pickers Food Recovery

The Flower City Pickers (FCP) Food Recovery Project will allow FCP to recover and distribute safe, nutritious, but formerly landfill-bound food to a network of 45+ food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and local farms at no cost to the receiving agencies.

Estimated Cost: $30,000


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Emergency Security Deposit Fund

Funding for this project will be used to provide emergency security deposit funding to families in need of assistance, administered through the Rochester Continuum of Care. Example description 3.

Estimated Cost: $50,000


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The Hangout Spot

“The Hangout Spot,” a program of Marvelous Mind Academy, seeks to rectify all barriers to parents entering and staying in the workforce with an innovative childcare solution operable during B and C shifts. The Hangout Spot will be setup as a worker-owned coop and funding will allow The Hangout Spot to appropriately remodel a space and purchase

Estimated Cost: $50,000


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Concrete Rose Project

The Concrete Rose Project will connect high school students with career exploration, training, and employment opportunities, $23,000 of our funding specifically allocated to pay young people for training and project based work. Furthermore, we will establish a social-emotional skill development program for young men of color ages 10-12 y/o for the purpose of assisting the participating youth to make a smooth transition from boyhood to manhood.

Estimated Cost: $50,000


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Free Bicycles for Work or School

Funding would go to R Community Bikes to provide free bicycles for people to use to get to work or school.

Estimated Cost: $10,000


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The Esther Project

The Esther Project seeks to provide women and their children with transitional housing and support. This funding would allow the project to finish a house and begin using it as space for women to live and thrive!

Estimated Cost: $25,375


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House of Mercy Next Steps Moving Company

The House of Mercy Next Step Properties Moving Company Project seeks to provide furnishings and moving services for individuals transitioning from homeless shelters to permanent housing. This funding would fund and staff a storage facility for furniture donations, along with pick-up and delivery of those items.

Estimated Cost: $50,000


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Growing Out of Poverty

Training, Deploying & Employing School Without Walls (SWW) Community Service Students to Support Community Gardening, Greening & Farm Projects Across the City of Rochester - Healthy Activity, Healthy Food & Healthy Neighborhoods Building a Workforce for a Green Future…

Estimated Cost: $31,650


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Rochester Community Facebook Page

On any given day in Rochester, there are community events that are fun, informative, and free. A Facebook page dedicated to promoting these events in Rochester will make it easier for people to find out about these events. This Facebook page will increase attendance to these events and help build a sense of community in Rochester. 

Estimated Cost: $10,000


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Emergency Services Family Stabilization Network

Funding for this project would go to a network of agencies throughout Rochester and would be used to resolve the immediate needs of families for food, clothing, rent/mortgage assistance, transportation, etc

Estimated Cost: $50,000


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City Roots Community Land Trust

City Roots wants to purchase property to build the community land trust in Rochester, which keeps land permanently affordable to the public and gives community members a voice in neighborhood development.

Estimated Cost: $50,000


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Rochester Youth Education Summit

A Summit for Rochester City School District students with various speakers, workshops and panel discussions addressing many of the issues the youth in our city face on a daily basis: poverty, financial literacy, structural racism, trauma, career building. The Summit’s aim would be to EDUCATE, ENGAGE & INSPIRE our most important gift - our children - toward personal and professional success.

Estimated Cost: $20,000


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Supporting Community Gardens and Urban Farms in Rochester

Foodlink and Eat Smart New York seek funding to support community-based and entrepreneurial urban agriculture operations in Rochester. 6-10 existing operations will receive $2,000-$5,000 for materials & equipment, structures, land acquisition or participant support. Funded operations will also receive coaching, technical assistance and cooking & nutrition education

Estimated Cost: $30,000


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The EMANCIPATION Project is designed to free our community of trauma caused by Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Poverty and Racism. Funding will allow ALL of the community to share their experiences and heal through radio, outreach, church sermons, small groups, workshops, whichever the community is comfortable in sharing and healing.

Estimated Cost: $45,000



RCSD School 16 Builds Community in the 19th Ward

Guest specialists and faculty help students to strengthen character, learn, create, and perform. Students are celebrated in an Art and Music Festival.

Estimated Cost: $19,654


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Home-buyer Prep/Credit Improvement

This project will provide free case management services, financial literacy courses, and credit building loans to people living in the city of Rochester that want to improve their credit and purchase a home. This project is a partnership with Visions Federal Credit Union and the Rochester Homeless Continuum of Care.

Estimated Cost: $50,000


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North Star Shines

North Star Shines is a project that will involve youth in the development of skills that include public speaking and drama. It would increase ELA skills as well as the history of African Americans. The works of August Wilson, Frederick Douglass and others will be used to move this project.

Estimated Cost: $15,000


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Lead by local Artist Shawn Dunwoody, 146(go)5 will use neighborhood engaged public mural art and community clean up to generate social change, creative place-making, beauty, and positive attention to a historic area of Rochester, the 14605 zip code, also known as CONEA.

Estimated Cost: $50,000


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