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Learning Skills to Lift Neighborhoods Grant Application Now Open

Councilmember Jaiza Page Continues Grant Program to Promote Workforce Development and Combat Vacant Housing

Building on its strong history of collaboration and partnerships, the City of Columbus is announcing the second year of the Learning Skills to Lift Neighborhoods (LSLN) grant program. This program promotes workforce development in the construction trades for youth or restored citizens and focuses on transforming vacant and blighted structures or lots into productive parcels.

On Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Councilmember Jaiza Page, chair of the Housing Committee, was joined by Development Director Steve Schoeny to announce the $130,000 grant program.

Grantees can be awarded up to $20,000 per worksite, with a maximum of two sites per applicant. The submission period runs Monday, June 25 to Friday, August 10 at noon. 

Download the application here: https://www.columbus.gov/development/

“We continue to be impressed by this partnership between the City and non-profit organizations,” said Page. “The program provides job and skill building opportunities for our residents and helps our community partners continue the fight against urban blight."

Any award granted must solely be used for implementation of the proposed project. Priority will be given to those utilizing parcels from the Land Bank.

“Neighborhood revitalization and affordable housing are vital as our City continues to grow,” said Schoeny. “I look forward to another round of projects that focus on utilizing Land Bank properties and creating job training opportunities.”

Applicants must be a not-for-profit organization, be able to sign a contract and lease/purchase agreement if utilizing a Land Bank lot and obtain insurance and partner with a legally incorporated 501c(3) with the capacity to act as a fiscal agent if necessary.

Previous experience and capacity in the area of workforce development training for youth or restored citizens is required. Applicants must demonstrate site control for each parcel included in the application.

Questions about the program or application can be sent to Hannah Jones, Deputy Director of Community Development, at (614) 645-7125 or HRJones@columbus.gov.

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