West Side Youth/Community Empowerment Grants

COVID-19 and the public health response that has been needed to reduce the spread of the disease and save lives has revealed significant disparities among our Columbus residents. The City of Columbus is responding to those disparities through the 2020 Youth/Community Empowerment Grant program and other investments focused on building up our neighborhoods. 

The 2020 Youth/Community Empowerment Grant program shall assist Columbus neighborhoods with engaging youth and families in positive experiences and job readiness. The funds are to be distributed to key community partners with a proven track record of community engagement and data-backed outcomes. The Key Community Partners (the Partners) shall use the funds provided by the City to distribute “mini-grants” to grass root and community based organizations (the Sub Grantees) in their geographical areas to advance positive experiences for our youth and families and to boost job readiness. 

The City of Columbus has selected The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone as the fiscal agent of youth/community empowerment grants for programs that serve the 43222, 43223, 43204, and 43228 zip codes. The business address for Sub Grantees does not need to be located in the above listed zip code(s) where services are provided. Grants will be funded in the range of $10,000-$25,000.

Areas for Investment:

Youth and Family Engagement: Programs will support safe, thriving, healthy, and connected neighborhoods for all residents. Funded work will be responsive to the needs of Columbus residents. Grants will support initiatives that promote these values.

Workforce Development: Programs will help ensure that the city maintains a prepared workforce, one that is well-positioned to enhance their skills for the future of employment in Columbus.

This grant is reimbursement only. The funding period is March 1, 2020-November 30, 2020.  Eligible expenses to be reimbursed by this funding request may only be incurred during the specified funding period. See spending guidelines below. All awarded funds must be spent during the funding period. Any awarded funds that remain unspent at the end of the funding period will be returned to the City of Columbus. There is no guarantee of future funding beyond the funding period.

Eligible Organizations and Eligible Activities

  • 2020 Youth/Community Empowerment Grant program funds are not intended for, for-profit organizations.
  • For this program, the emphasis is on piloting new and innovative ideas as well as increasing access to current effective programs. See spending guidelines below.
  • Funding may cover eligible activities conducted by the Sub Grantees on March 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020 
  • While alignment with the Envision Hilltop plan is appreciated, it is not required for the purpose of this funding.
  • Awards will be based on the fit with workforce or youth and family engagement focus, the applicant’s demonstrated ability to successfully work in a target zip code (demonstrated by existing relationships, work that has been completed in the past and/or neighborhood reputation), capacity to for applicant to complete proposed work by November 30th, 2020, and certification that no other federal funds are being used to pay for the same work.  
  • Empowerment Grants shall not exceed $25,000.00. 

Spending Guidelines

Eligible expenditures are listed below, but not limited to:

  • Activities that assist youth and young adults by providing supportive services, and supplies which will reduce the exposure and risk of COVID-19.
  • Prevention services, including outreach to underserved populations to increase access to services and reduce the exposure and risk of COVID-19; and
  • Perform outreach and provide education 
  • Activities and technical assistance for ensuring the continuity of youth violence services during the COVID-19 public health crisis which includes responding to issues including adapting to fluctuating needs and circumstances. 
    • If electronic devises are purchased, they shall remain with clients after the grant process has concluded.
  • Advocacy, case management services, and information and referral services concerning issues related to family violence, domestic violence, youth violence or dating violence intervention and prevention, including—
    • Legal advocacy to assist victims and their dependents;
    • Medical advocacy, including provision of referrals for appropriate health care services (including mental health, alcohol, and drug abuse treatment), but which shall not include reimbursement for any health care services;
    • Transportation, child care, respite care, job training and employment services, financial literacy services and education, financial planning, and related economic empowerment services;
    • Parenting and other educational services for victims and their dependents
  • Direct crisis intervention services, including counseling, mobile advocacy, telehealth, peer support, and in-person assistance. Mobile advocacy allows for advocates to work out in the community in order to support domestic violence survivors wherever it is safe and convenient for the survivor.

Ineligible expenditures are listed below, but not limited to:

  • Funds may not be used to supplant existing funds. Supplanting means to replace existing funds used for a specific purpose with these grant funds. 
  • Office furniture, fixtures and other similar assets
  • Computers, printers, telephones, scanners, fax machines or other technology items for internal use, any purchased electronic equipment shall remain with clients after the grant process has concluded
  • Improvements to office premises
  • Sales tax
  • Beer, Wine or Spirits
  • Political contributions and other expenses associated with political activities
  • Bank late payment and other penalties
  • Operating costs associated with typical operation are not allowed (auditing expenses, lease expenses, utilities, telephone etc.), insurance expenses directly related to the proposed program are acceptable
  • Projects that have already been completed.

Instructions: Complete all information requested on the grant application below. Include a detailed description of all expenses within the budget section of the application. Incomplete applications may be disqualified. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of funding. 

The second round of funding applications are now being accepted. Completed applications and W9 are due no later than 12:00pm, Wednesday, Sept. 30th, 2020 to hilltopshalomzone@gmail.com. Only one email with attachments is necessary. Late submissions may not be considered.

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