Grant Money Available to Help Celebrate Role of Neighborhoods in Columbus Bicentennial
(Columbus) -- The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC), in association with the JP Morgan Chase Foundation and 200Columbus The Bicentennial organization, today announced that the second round of grants is available to non-profit organizations to commemorate Columbus’ Bicentennial year and the role of neighborhoods in the shaping of Columbus’ past, present and future.
The JPMorgan Chase Foundation has invested $200,000 to help inspire neighborhoods across seven counties to get involved in celebrating the 200th birthday of Columbus. The program is administered by GCAC (Greater Columbus Arts Council), and applicants must be non-profit organizations, including neighborhood associations, schools, churches and arts, cultural and civic groups.
“The Columbus Bicentennial seeks to create a community that is more inspired and proud of the increasing vitality of Columbus,” said Milt Baughman, President of GCAC. “Chase is helping us to accomplish one of the core goals of the Bicentennial—engaging and promoting the neighborhoods that are the building blocks of our great city."
Winning projects will receive grants in the amount of $500 to $10,000. All central Ohio neighborhoods in Franklin County and six contiguous counties—Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union—are eligible to seek grant funding.
Participants are urged to explore the role their specific neighborhood has played in the city’s 200-year history. The program encourages cultural, educational, diverse and multigenerational activities including legacy projects, works of art, customized performances, or other creative programs and activities.
Funding will be based on (among other criteria): level of collaboration among multiple residents and organizations, commitment to raise matching funds and in-kind support for the project, sustainable aspects of the project, and thematic consistency with the overall 200Columbus celebration.
Applications for the second round of grants are due on Wednesday, February 15, and must be sent electronically. A link to the forms can be found at http://www.200Columbus.com.
In addition, GCAC will hold an informational session for organizations interested in learning more about the application guidelines, criteria and the award process. The session will be held on Tuesday, January 17 at 6 pm at the Jazz Academy, located on the 4th floor of the Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long Street.