Highlights of Past Recipients

Central Ohio Junior Committee

The Create Columbus Commission funded the Central Ohio Junior Committee in 2014-2015 to create a short-film documentary exploring neurological disorders and mental health challenges among young professionals in Central Ohio. Brave young people told their stories on camera in an effort to reduce the stigma and create a much needed sense of community among our generation. This film, Elephants in the Room, premiered at the Gateway Film Center in October 2015.

The ability for these young professionals to tell their stories in a way that truly speaks to each one of the viewers would not have been possible without the support of the CCC grant program and commissioners who supported the project every step of the way.

DVDs are currently available for purchase. If you are interested in hosting your own screening, please visit the film’s website.

Starfish Alliance

Founded in 2012, LINK22 is a program of Starfish Alliance that connects youth in foster care and young adults who experienced foster care with a community mentor, social entrepreneur training and monthly leadership seminars. In addition, LINK22 helps connect young adults who experienced foster care with housing, transportation, education and employment resources, as needed. Create Columbus funding enabled Starfish Alliance to launch its inaugural year of LINK22 programming and provided start-up funds for its coffee bar social enterprise.


The Create Columbus Commission invested in Besa’s volunteer infrastructure – enabling the development of exceptional volunteer experiences and strategic partnerships with local nonprofits. Prior to the grant, Besa curated 85 annual service projects for 1,000 YPs in Columbus. Through funding and collaboration, Besa has reached annual milestones of 250 service projects, 2,500 volunteers and an econmic impact of $200,000.

All past recipients


2016 Lumos Accelerator, LUMOS Accelerator
Impressions of the University District / An Arts & Community Character Enhancement Plan, Impressions of the University District
L. I. F. E. Program (Life Intelligence of Financial Education), The LIFE Program
Micro Venues Intitiative, CSA
Short North Music Series, The Short North Music Series
The 2017 LGBTQA Summit, Equality Ohio Education Fund (EOEF)
YP 360, Columbus Young Professionals Club



25onHigh: A Photographic Journey, University District Organization
2×2 Partnership, Columbus College of Art and Design
Building a Healthy Columbus, ULI Columbus
Columbus Social Entrepreneur Launchpad, Starfish Alliance
E: Columbus, East Columbus Development Company
Fabric of Columbus, Cross-Media collective
GiveBackHack, Columbus Downtown Dog Park Association
HIGHBALL HALLOWEEN Community Headquarters & Workshop Space a.k.a: HBHQ, Short North Alliance
Opening Our Doors to Mental Health, Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio
The Art of Business Workshop Series for Young Professional Artists, Wild Goose Creative
The Latina Mentoring Academy, Hispanic Chamber of Columbus


Creative Control Fest, Community Partners Youth Development Organization
Cross the C, Transit Columbus
Downtown Resident Welcome Bag Program, SPSA
Forge Ahead, Forge Columbus
Franklinton Board of Trade: Young Professional / Millennial Outreach, Franklinton Board of Trade
How to Build a Music City
We Are Columbus, Ken Baldwin


10Xelerator, Tech Columbus Founders Factory
Capital City Impact, Besa
Envisioning the Cols Communities of Tomorrow, CRP
GOOD ideas Columbus, Transit Columbus
SOUP Capacity, GCAC
The Near East Side HOP, Mt Vernon Ave SID
Viewpoints: MiniMurals by working artists under 40, Short North Alliance
Young Entrepreneur Recruitment, Capital Crossroads SID