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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Tyler Lowry, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6630
Robin Ross, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-2392

Thirty non-profit agencies were thrown a financial lifeline by the Franklin County Commissioners this week to help them stay afloat after the social service agencies have been hit by unprecedented demand for services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 Resilience Initiative Grants provided by the county total more than $5.3 million and will assist nonprofits in helping residents avoid eviction and stay in their homes, put food on their tables, access mental health services, and more.
The county’s funding is in addition to $15 million in Resilience Initiative Grants provided by the City of Columbus to 79 different agencies. The combined $20 million in grants were announced in a joint press conference on Monday, September 21, 2020 at the Godman Guild. 
“The need is so great right now; requests for funding that came in totaled more than 4 times what was available. So the county and city went through a lengthy screening process to ensure the money would go to agencies in good standing, with a proven track record, which target some of our most needed services right now such as housing, combatting violence and addiction,” said John O’Grady, President of the Franklin County Commissioners.  “The work that these agencies do has never been more critical than the demands they face right now.”

Providing and funding social services is one of the primary services provided by Franklin County, and these grants are in addition to more than $750 million in annual Franklin County expenditures for human and social service agencies each year.
The county and city utilized CARES Act dollars for these grants, which were provided by the federal government to help cities and counties weather the pandemic.  A full list of county Resilience Initiative Grants recipients is below.  Click here for a list of county COVID-19 resources for residents and businesses, and here for more information about Board of Commissioners grants.
1Divineline2health $60,000
At Home By High $17,500
Boys & Girls Club $277,980
Catholic Social Services Inc. $424,165
Clintonville-Beechwold CRC $446,032
Homeport $230,000
Columbus Speech & Hearing Center $102,098
Freedom a la Cart $147,000
Dress For Success Columbus $222,545
Franklinton Rising $50,000
Furniture Bank of Central Ohio $248,173
Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone $17,745
Halt Violence $40,000
Heart Food Pantry $162,000
Hope Hollow $90,000
I Know I Can $200,000
Image Character Etiquette Inc. $10,000
Iota Sweethearts Inc. $8,500
Jewish Family Services $373,000
Kaleidoscope Youth Center $135,829
Lower Lights Ministries $55,000
Muslim Family Services of Ohio $154,319
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio $310,058
Modcon Living $80,300
Restoring Our Own Through Transformation $20,000
Ruling Our Experiences Inc. $180,000
Somali Community Association of Ohio $34,000
Stonewall Columbus Inc. $255,882
The Homeless Families Foundation $320,287
YWCA Columbus $651,282
Total $5,325,695