City and county make funds available for nonprofits

Approximately $20 million in grants are available to Franklin County nonprofits, due to a joint effort by Franklin County and the city of Columbus.

The partnership has been dubbed the Columbus and Franklin County Resilience Initiative and utilizes CARES Act funding.

“Nonprofits have been taxed with a tremendous amount of need during this pandemic. Many have exceeded their yearly budget already,” said board of commissioner’s president John O’Grady. “We know their daily efforts are critical to our collective success.”

Agencies can access a single application to apply for funding from this joint fund, which will be managed by the United Way of Central Ohio. The money can be used to cover revenue losses, new expenses and increased expenses incurred during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“Our nonprofit community has been doing extraordinary work in the midst of this global pandemic,” said commissioner Marilyn Brown. “They have given everything to meet the critical needs of our community, while facing serious health and funding headwinds for their own staff and organizations. It is vital we take care of them as well.”

The $20 million fund is a continuation of ongoing efforts by county and city officials to weather the pandemic. Franklin County is committing $5 million for this initiative, which supplements $19 million already committed in grants, loans, emergency assistance, and other aid provided during this crisis.

The city of Columbus is providing $15 million.

“We know we are all in a collective fight against this virus. We will continue to innovate in ways that not only help residents survive, but with actions that also allow us to thrive in the future,” said commissioner Kevin L. Boyce. “The partnership does just that by protecting our greatest social service assets and the needs of our residents.”

Agencies must be a 501c3, in good standing and provide health and human services within Franklin County. Agencies with questions about the grant and application process can email humanserviceprograms@columbus.gov.

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