In the inaugural year of the Create Columbus Grants program, the CCC distributed more than $60,000 to 8 local organizations for specific initiatives that improve the YP experience in the city of Columbus.

“The commission spent a significant amount of time reviewing applications from several great organizations looking to make an impact in the Columbus young professional community. We believe the eight groups awarded grants in this first year are representative of the diversity within the YP community, and we look forward to seeing the impact of their work on Columbus.”

-Steven Michalovich, 2013 Co-Chair

2013 Create Columbus Grants Recipients:

Besa Community Inc., Capital City Impact

Connecting young professionals to community service opportunities through its volunteer portal, Besa Community Inc. seeks to engage a larger number of professionals to local community service via its new Capital City Impact program. The program will work with partners to develop volunteer opportunities in targeted neighborhoods to be launched with a grand marketing push, and has a goal of adding an additional 100 volunteers to Besa’s database during its first year of progress.

Community Research Partners, Envisioning Columbus Communities of Tomorrow

In Partnership with The Ohio State University (OSU), Community Research Partners (CRP) acknowledge the importance of attracting young and talented individuals, and seek to ask them what they want in a neighborhood. CRP and OSU will develop and execute a community visioning process, culminating in a day-long collaborative workshop. The event will bring together young professionals to engage in a series of exercises focused on active participation and creative visualization.

Mt. Vernon Special Improvement District, Near East Side Hop

Mt. Vernon Special Improvement District created the Near East Side Hop to support its mission of Cultivating a cohesive network among area businesses and residents to elevate the impression, encourage businesses and entrepreneurs, and stimulate economic performance of the Near East Side Community. The Hop will be a week-long series of events in the historic Near East Side community of Columbus geared towards the interests of young professionals, demonstrating to them that the neighborhood is a viable option as they decide where to live, work, play and raise a family.

Transit Columbus, Good Ideas Columbus

Transit Columbus’ Good Ideas Columbus program seeks to facilitate a discussion about new ideas in transportation among young professionals and civic leaders while fostering an environment where creative solutions can emerge. Transit Columbus and our partner organizations will connect Columbus’ brightest young minds, such as designers, architects, engineers, students and artists, and pair them with civic leaders to work on real transportation problems affecting Columbus.

Short North Alliance, Viewpoints: Mini Murals by Working Artists Under 40

To celebrate and publicly showcase diverse viewpoints of working young-professional visual artists, the Short North Alliance created Viewpoints: Mini Murals by Working Artists Under 40. Eleven public mini murals will be created and displayed throughout the Short North area of Columbus and curated by local galleries and museums—further instigating the development of the local young-professional art industry.

Founders Factory, 10Xelerator

Focusing on catalyzing high-growth technology businesses in Columbus, Founders Factory’s 10Xelerator project will strive to convert promising entrepreneurial ideas into viable businesses and sustainable companies. Partnering with Ohio’s New Entrepreneurs (ONE) Fund, TechColumbus, The Ohio State University, Columbus2020 and others to support and accelerate 10 early-stage technology businesses with significant growth potential each year.

Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, Young Entrepreneur Recruitment Initiative

The Young Entrepreneur Recruitment Initiative program is intended to directly impact young professionals starting or expanding businesses in central Ohio. The ultimate project goal is to increase the number of signed office leases by young entrepreneurs in Columbus’ Downtown area.

Greater Columbus Arts Council, SOUP Capacity

Columbus SOUP was founded to better connect and cultivate creative projects that make Columbus a great community. For SOUP’s Capacity and Identity Building project, SOUP seeks to develop an image that is YP-focused and contract a professional graphic designer and website builder to help create a cohesive brand and identity for Columbus SOUP that reflects the mission and appeals to YP audiences.