2019 Grants

The Create Columbus Commission is excited to announce the return of the Create Columbus Grants Program for 2019 to support initiatives by and for young professionals that help make Columbus the best place to live, work, and thrive in the nation.

The Create Columbus Commission is looking to fund projects and initiatives that help make it to enhance the young professional experience in Columbus and further the focus areas of the Commission.  These focus areas include:

1. Improve personal financial health and wellness

Further the financial stability and wellness of young professionals.

The City of Columbus can better attract and retain millennial talent if there is greater opportunity for young people to set themselves up for long-term financial success. We are interested in funding initiatives that are committed to improving personal and financial health and wellness of young professionals

2. Amplify the urban pulse

Strengthen efforts of community building and cultural exchanges between young professionals

It is important that we are continuously investing and facilitating vibrancy in our neighborhoods. The 2014 Columbus Reputation Study commissioned by Experience Columbus found that the city’s greatest barrier in attracting visitors, and we would also argue young professionals, is the lack of pulse. Pulse defines the ease of finding things to do and the amount of nightlife and urban vitality.

3. Position young professionals as co-creators of the city

Challenge the status quo and foster the spirit of collaboration to cultivate an open and smart Columbus for all young professionals

The CCC believes that Columbus’ competitiveness will accelerate if young professionals are intentionally engaged as active collaborators and co-creators of the city’s future. Having young professionals at the table as equal contributors will help the city avoid complacency, sustain a sense of urgency for progress, and commit to making forward-thinking change.

Please note that projects outside of these focus areas will be considered, however projects and initiatives should target future and current young professional residents of Columbus, generally aged 25-35.


Monday, June 10: Final grant applications due
Monday, July 22: Grant Applicants Notified of Status
Friday, September 6: Funds Disbursed

Please forward any questions you might have to the Create Columbus Grants Chair, Maylin Sambois-Sanchez, at createcolumbusgrants@gmail.com

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