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Robin Davis
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Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager
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Media Advisory
News Date: June 15, 2020

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown provide funding to expand summer programming for Columbus youth

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown announced legislation to provide funds to expand summer camps and programming options for Columbus youth. Columbus City Council will consider legislation that authorizes the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department to administer up to $2 million in grants supported by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds. The grants will assist qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in providing summer programming for youth. The CARES Act provides economic assistance to help families, workers and businesses protect Americans from the public health and economic impacts of the coronavirus.

The legislation being considered aims to ease the challenges families currently face due to the public health emergency and address gaps in programming and ensure youth are supported during this challenging time.
 

“During the public health emergency, it is critical that we do everything we can to meet the needs of working families, said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Allocating CARES Act funds to ensure our kids can participate in engaging and creative recreational programming allows youth the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and well being, something that’s even more critical during this unprecedented time.”

This week, Columbus Recreation and Parks will open a select number of programming and camps with adjusted group sizes and increased safety protocols designed to slow the spread of COVID-19. The ability to administer funds to like-minded organizations provides the department with a broader reach, and the opportunity to connect more families to vital recreational services.
 

“Providing a safe place for our kids to learn and grow during the summer is vital for them and for working parents everywhere, and Columbus children deserve every opportunity to access enriching services that connect them to nature, wellness and creativity,” said Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown. “Providing these opportunities to as many families as possible is a priority, which is why these CARES Act funds are being deployed to increase access to programming that meets the needs of working families.”

Grant funding applications will be accepted beginning June 16, 2020. For additional information and the latest department information and updates, visit

 Columbus.gov/RecParksCOVID19/.

Columbus received $157 million in CARES Act funding from the U.S. Treasury to be used for expenditures directly related to the City’s response to COVID-19. These funds are being allocated for direct response to COVID-19, human services and economic recovery.