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Thursday, June 23, 2022
Tyler Lowry, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6630
Robin Ross, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-2392

This afternoon, 21 local charitable organizations received word that their applications for funding via the Franklin County Board of Commissioners’ 2022/2023 Community Partnership Grants program have been approved.  A total of 102 applications had been received for the competitive grants, which are awarded yearly to Franklin County community agencies that encourage economic development, further the community’s access to affordable healthcare, embrace racial equity, help to stabilize families and children in crisis, and protect the environment. 
“We’re very pleased to partner with these community organizations that provide key assistance to our residents during these difficult times,” said Board of Commissioners President, Erica C. Crawley.  “Many community groups have struggled during the pandemic as they’ve seen increased need and decreased donations.  Our Community Partnership grants are a way for county government to shore up the local groups working to help our residents thrive.”
Last year, the commissioners awarded $13 million in various grants, including annual Community Partnership grants such as these as well as Catalyst grants awarded to 13 agencies that address basic family needs, crisis stabilization, community enrichment, and personal and family empowerment.
“Our community partners are sometimes our eyes and ears in neighborhoods across Central Ohio,” said Commissioner John O’Grady.  “And right now, they’re sounding the alarm about how many of our neighbors are struggling.  By providing funding directly to the community agencies, we’re able to direct it to the places where it’s needed most and where it can do the most good.”
The commissioners’’ Community Partnerships program makes grants available to local charitable organizations at various times throughout the year.  You can learn more about the program and funding opportunities here.
“That these annual grants are so competitive demonstrates the level of ongoing need in our community,” said Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce.  “And choosing grantees is something that we take very seriously, both because it’s important to get it right and ensure that we’re granting money to agencies that are going to put it to the best possible use, and also because this is money that our taxpayers have entrusted to us and we know that they want us to be judicious in how it’s used.  We’re proud to be able to fund these agencies, and you can rest assured that they’ll use the money well to support Franklin County families.”
 A full list of this year’s Community Partnership grantees is below. 
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2022/2023 Community Partnership Grants Initial Funding
Agency Funding Amount
Action For Children $500,000
Freedom a la Cart $150,000
New Directions Career Center $90,000
Columbus Speech & Hearing Center $150,000
Huckleberry House $152,189
Local Matters $110,000
Cols Early Learning Centers $250,000
Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio $100,000
Communities in Schools $165,000
Highland Youth Garden $150,000
Hilliard Community Assistance Council $77,790
Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services $150,000
Lower Lights Christian Health Center $150,000
Columbus Works $150,000
Kaleidoscope Youth Center $163,600
All THAT (Teens Hopeful About Tomorrow) $125,000
Center for Family Safety $125,000
Girls on the Run $30,000
Riverview International Center $72,487
The PAST Foundation $128,050
Somalia Education & Resource Center $500,000
Total $3,489,116