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City & County Investing $20M in Grants to Protect Families with Local Human Service Partners

[COLUMBUS, OH] Mayor Andrew J. Ginther was joined by Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson and Franklin County Board of Commissioners President John O’Grady to announce $20 million in funding to human services organizations that provide programs that address essential needs of Columbus and Franklin County residents.  The funding will be provided from the CARES Act dollars through the Columbus and Franklin County Resilience Initiative.

“I believe that we have to seek every opportunity to help our residents through this pandemic,” said Councilmember Tyson, ahead of the vote for the funding at City Council tonight. “These funds will serve as a resource to assist families with maintaining their necessities – by helping our non-profit partners strategically deliver services to those in need.”

“We knew when COVID-19 first came to our region that we would have to address the crisis on three fronts: a health crisis, an economic crisis and a human services crisis,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Today we are today announcing the recipients of the human services grants – 110 entities in total. These grants were given to organizations across many sectors including – youth, seniors, families and veterans. And we were able to leverage city CARES dollars with county CARES dollars – assuring that we could have a greater impact across the community.”

The City and Franklin County are investing in a diverse group of human services agencies serving a wide variety of residents living Columbus and Franklin County.  The money will be used to support services such as the purchase of technology to enable remote learning, telehealth and mentoring to the provision of basic needs including food, clothing, PPE, diapers and other basic necessities.

“I believe that we have to seek every opportunity to help our residents through this pandemic,” said Councilmember Tyson, ahead of the vote for the funding at City Council tonight. “These funds will serve as a resource to assist families with maintaining their necessities – by helping our non-profit partners strategically deliver services to those in need.”

“The need is so great right now. Requests for funding that came in totaled more than four times what was available. So the county and city went through a lengthy screening process to ensure the money would go to agencies in good standing, with a proven track record, which target some of our most needed services right now such as housing, combating violence and addiction,” said John O’Grady, President of the Franklin County Commissioners.  “The work that these agencies do has never been more critical than the demands they face right now.”

The selection of agencies followed an extensive review of over 247 agency proposals by both an internal technical review team and an external review committee chaired by Elon Simms of the Crane Family Foundation. The external Resilience Initiative Review Committee focused on making sure that there was an equitable distribution of the funding.

The organizations receiving funding are listed below: 

A Kid Again Inc $135,000.00
Action for Children $165,000.00
Africentric Personal Development Shop $53,101.00
After-School All Stars Ohio $70,079.00
Alpha Rho Lambda Education Foundation Inc $15,000.00
American Red Cross of Central Ohio $60,000.00
ARC Industries Inc of Franklin County Ohio $55,500.00
Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio $32,450.00
Boundless Behavioral Health Inc $482,480.00
Bridgeway Academy $250,000.00
Cancer Support Community Central Ohio $83,350.00
Central Community House $135,000.00
Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio Inc $247,700.00
Childrens Hunger Alliance $167,328.00
CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence $341,932.00
Christians Overcoming Cancer $10,000.00
City Year Inc. $11,500.00
Columbus Diaper Bank $16,000.00
Columbus Urban League $200,000.00
Columbus Literacy Council $212,500.00
Columbus Works Inc $24,870.00
Communities in Schools of Central Ohio $200,000.00
Community Development for All People $53,780.00
Community for New Direction Inc $310,463.00
Community Housing Network Inc $122,203.00
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio Inc $50,368.00
Community Refugee and Immigration Services Inc $100,000.00
COMPDRUG $360,000.00
Creative Living Inc $87,811.00
Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio $123,055.00
Employment for Seniors Inc $36,733.00
Equality Ohio Education Fund $25,500.00
Equitas Health $250,000.00
Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services $168,472.00
Faith Mission Inc $140,000.00
Flying Horse Farms $142,755.00
Franklinton Gardens $7,177.00
General Council on Finance & Admins of the United Methodist Church $6,000.00
Global Health Education and Development $10,000.00
Godman Guild Association $700,000.00
Goodwill Columbus $500,000.00
Habitat for Humanity MidOhio $750,000.00
Healthy Worthington Resource Center & Food Pantry Inc $16,350.00
Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers $337,763.00
Heritage Day Health Centers $500,000.00
Highland Youth Garden $25,000.00
Homes on the Hill Community Development Corporation $35,525.00
House of Hope for Alcoholics Inc $408,337.00
Huckleberry House, Inc. $344,000.00
Impact Community Action $330,000.00
Joseph’s Coat of Central Ohio Inc $13,500.00
LifeCare Alliance $600,000.00
Local Matters $159,710.00
Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio $18,497.00
Maryhaven Inc $439,033.00
Mid-Ohio Foodbank $1,065,836.00
Military Veterans Resource Center $45,000.00
Move United | Adaptive Sports Connection $106,673.00
My Project USA $170,691.00
Neighborhood Services Inc $75,550.00
Netcare Corporation $197,199.00
New Birth Christian Ministries $61,000.00
NNEMAP Inc $43,600.00
Partners Achieving Community Transformation $200,000.00
Physicians CareConnection $20,000.00
Prevent Blindness, Ohio Affiliate $7,800.00
Reeb Avenue Center $71,624.00
Refuge Inc $255,000.00
Riverview International Center Inc $38,254.00
Seven Baskets Community Development Corporation $9,573.00
SOAP Project – Save our Adolescents from Prostitution $67,624.00
Southeast Inc $400,000.00
St. Stephen's Community House $175,000.00
St. Vincent Family Center $164,908.00
Star House $450,000.00
Think Make Live Youth $10,000.00
Us Together Inc $500,000.00
YMCA of Central Ohio $65,000.00
Youth for Christ USA Inc $61,800.00