Coalition for a Nonviolent Columbus info
Guidelines, Grant Process and Administration
Coalition for a Nonviolent Columbus (CNC)
Mayor Michael B. Coleman established the Coalition for a Nonviolent Columbus to engage and encourage residents to become involved in their neighborhoods’ success by providing seed grants to provide financial support for neighborhood-led initiatives.
The CNC is made up of voting members, appointed by the Mayor of Columbus, representing neighborhood organizations throughout the City of Columbus, the faith-based community and non-profit service providers. There is also a variety supporting members to offer insight and provide resources to the voting membership.
GOALS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD GRANTS
• Encourage and support residents to work together to create community-based initiatives that are specific to their needs and that will directly impact their neighborhood;
• Provide financial support for one-time costs (not on-going operating expenses) for neighborhood-led initiatives that address crime and safety within Columbus neighborhoods; and
• Improve safety, reduce crime and make your neighborhood a place where people want to raise their family.
NUMBER AND AMOUNT OF GRANTS
The City of Columbus will disburse, through Friends of the Community Relations Commission, nearly $50,000 for grants in 2014. The maximum grant amount is $1,000 per application. An application can include more than one “project.” All one-day events will be limited to $500.
Each application is evaluated on its own merit by the CNC. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the Safety Director and the Community Relations Commission Director for final approval. The final decision may not be appealed but, if there are two filing periods, the applicant may reapply WITH revisions during the next filing period. Also note, the CNC has the discretion to reduce or increase the amount of a grant request as they see fit.
ELIGIBILITY AND CRITERIA, WHO MAY APPLY
Grant applications will be accepted from a wide variety of community groups and organizations including civic associations, neighborhood block watch groups, faith-based organizations, non-profits, etc. Collaboration between and among various neighborhood groups and organizations is encouraged.
• Funds will only be released to a 501(c)(3).
• IF YOUR ORGANIZATION IS A 501(c)(3), applicants are required to submit with the grant application a copy of your IRS Letter of Designation to confirm 501(c)(3) status.
• IF YOUR ORGANIZATION IS NOT A 501(c)(3): Applicants must use a 501(c)(3) as a fiscal agent. To do this, a signed authorization letter from the chair or president of the fiscal agent’s board, along with that organization’s IRS Letter of Designation must be submitted with the grant application. No exceptions.
• New in 2014, applicants are required to submit, with their grant application, a letter of support from either their City of Columbus Neighborhood Liaison or their Columbus Division of Police Community Liaison Officer.
• This is NOT a reimbursement grant. All receipts must be dated after grant checks have been issued.
• The applicant and 501(c)(3) must maintain a copy of all records and receipts documenting the expenditures as authorized by the CNC. The applicant is responsible for submitting the final report and copies of all receipts documenting the use of grant dollars.
• If your organization is not a 501(c)(3) and using a fiscal agent, release of your grant monies will be based on the arrangement between you and your fiscal agent. The CNC is not responsible for actions of the designated fiscal agents.
• All one-day events such as National Night Out will be limited to a maximum of $500. All previously funded projects will be considered but may be limited to a maximum of $500. On-going operating expenses for previously funded projects will not be considered.
• Any undistributed funds are to be returned to the CNC. The check should be made out to The Friends of the CRC and sent with the final report.
GRANT APPLICATIONS MUST FALL INTO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
A list of previously funded projects can be found online at http://columbus.gov/Nonviolent-Columbus
. These are excellent guidelines as to what has been funded in the past and to be considered when planning. It is highly recommended that the CNC be contacted for assistance and guidance prior to filing your application.
All projects receiving grants must be implemented within the City of Columbus limits and must demonstrate a focus on crime and safety which together improve neighborhood quality of life. Grant applications must fall into one of the following categories:
• Public Safety: Examples: form a new block watch, create a community/faith-based intervention team, crime prevention activities.
• Education and Outreach: Examples: community events focusing on violence, drug/gang education for parents and/or youth, anti-violence programs, etc.
• Neighborhood Improvement: Examples: neighborhood clean-up events, etc. (see examples of things that will not be covered below)
Projects must demonstrate measurable outcomes (changes in the conditions of safety, visible neighborhood improvements and increased education and awareness) as a result of having completed the funded project/program. Please provide information according to the four key criteria (An abbreviated “Logic Model” has been provided to assist in the mapping of the following):
• Severity of the Problem or Condition (what kind of crime is the neighborhood faced with, drug activity, gangs, etc.)
• Leverage of Resources (financial, volunteers, in-kind, etc.)
• Measurable Outcomes (changes in the conditions of safety, visible neighborhood improvements and/or increased education and awareness)
• Partnership/Collaboration (are other organizations or community groups working with your organization on this project)
• Projects must demonstrate a focus on “crime” and “safety” which together improve neighborhood quality of life;
Strengths in the above criteria will enhance the competitiveness of any proposal.
EXAMPLES OF THINGS THAT WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR FUNDING
On-going operating expenses
Neighborhood clean-up supplies
Transportation fees, rentals and gasoline
Tents, Tables and chairs
Facility rental fees
Fiscal Agent Fees
Field trip fees
Community gardens, neighborhood clean-up supplies and graffiti removal will NOT be funded through the CNC. Grant dollars and/or assistance are readily available through other city programs. For example, the Graffiti Abatement Grant through City Council provides up to $5,000 to assist with graffiti removal. Clean-up supplies such as grabbers, plastic bags, safety vests and gloves are available through Keep Columbus Beautiful.
Applications will be accepted February 3 through March 31. No applications will be accepted after 5:00 p.m. on March 31. No extensions will be granted.
All applications must be typed on the form provided.
Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. Make certain to answer each question thoroughly and submit your organization's IRS Letter of Designation or your fiscal agent's IRS Letter of Designation and signed authorization letter.
All applications must be submitted to:
City of Columbus
Department of Public Safety
Attention: Grant Application
77 N. Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
OR applications may be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 614-645-8268.
Applications received after March 31 at 5:00 p.m. will not be considered.
APPLICATION AND DISBURSEMENT
The CNC will review all applications and recommend projects to be funded. The recommended applications will then be presented to the Safety Director and Community Relations Commission Director for final approval. Once the final decision has been made, the CNC will notify the grantee of the award.
Provided are key application and disbursement dates for 2013:
Activity Filing Period
February 3 – March 31
Application deadline March 31 at 5:00 p.m.
CNC review and recommendations will be completed by April 30
Grant funds distributed by May 15
Project completion (unless otherwise approved by the CNC) October 15
Final report from grantees October 15 or 30 days after project completion, whichever comes firstFAILURE TO FILE A FINAL REPORT WILL RESULT IN INELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE FUTURE CNC NEIGHBORHOOD GRANT FUNDS