For Immediate Release

March 9, 2016

Contact: Melanie Crabill, Office of the Mayor, 614-645-5300 (direct), 614-419-0790 (cell),

Bryan Ashton, Grants Chair for the Create Columbus Commission,

The Create Columbus Commission announces the start of their 2016 grants process, awarding $60,000 worth of funding to young professional initiatives in Central Ohio. Columbus City Council and the Office of the Mayor annually allocate funding to the Create Columbus Grants Program through the city’s budget.

“Young professionals are a cornerstone to the future of Columbus, making positive and lasting impacts in neighborhoods throughout the city,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “Columbus has a dynamic creative community, and I encourage young professionals to apply for the next round of grants and turn their creative ideas into action.”

Previous grant recipients include Besa, a 501(c)3 organization that partners with nonprofit businesses to connect passionate and dedicated volunteers to community need. With grant money provided through the Create Columbus Commission, Besa was able to expand from 84 annual service projects to 250 service projects and an economic impact of $200,000.

As a representative body, the Create Columbus Commission works to advocate and pursue initiatives that improve personal financial health and wellness, decrease dependency on personal vehicles and position young professionals as co-creators of the city. The Create Columbus Commission is seeking to fund initiatives that support one or more of these focus areas. Three grant workshops will be provided.

“City Council looks forward to the results that these grants workshops will yield,” said Zach Klein, City Council president. “We greatly appreciate the contribution made by the members of the Create Columbus Commission, whose hard work helps to enhance the young professional experience in Columbus. The grants workshops are a valuable opportunity for organizations to receive feedback from the Commission prior to submitting their applications. Council looks forward to learning more about the projects selected to improve the financial wellness of our young professionals.”

Create Columbus Commission Grants Chair Bryan Ashton agrees. “The grant workshops are an outstanding opportunity to hear a broader overview of the Create Columbus Grant Grant Program, receive feedback from members on grant ideas and learn about the formatting of the Letter of Intent, due April 1st,” he said.

Workshop dates are as follows:

·         March 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Little Rock Bar, 944 North Fourth St., Columbus

·         March 22, 9-10 a.m. at The Columbus Foundation, 1234 E. Broad St., Columbus

·         March 24, 5:30-7:50 p.m. at Seventh Son Brewing Co., 1101 N. Fourth St., Columbus

Other notable dates:

·         April 1: Grant Letters of Intent Due

·         April 22: Notification of Status Regarding Letter of Intent

·         May 13: Final Grant Applications Due

About the Create Columbus Commission

The Create Columbus Commission is a board of young professionals, appointed and funded by the Mayor and City Council President to serve as the community’s foremost thought leader on young professional interests, experiences and priorities. Through strategic community building efforts and a targeted young professionals grants program, the Create Columbus Commission strives to make Columbus the next great American city and the nation’s number one place for young professionals to live, work and play. The Create Columbus Commission believes that the City of Columbus will be better positioned to attract and retain talent if there are young professionals at the decision making table co-creating a forward-thinking city with a vibrant, accessible and integrated urban environment that is a magnet for talent.