2020 Create Columbus Commission Catalyst Grant Application
As an organization, the Create Columbus Commission was formed to advocate for the success of all young people. We are experiencing the collective trauma that is happening right now, a trauma that has been weighing down people for centuries. This must end.
In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other black men, women, and trans people killed by police, victimized by the justice system and disenfranchised by systematic racism, the CCC is proud to direct $25,000 in support of initiatives designed to:
1. Dispel systematic racism
- In our local communities, government and institutions - we must create sustainable policies and action to drive change against systematic inequality.
2. Improve public health and safety
- By improving access to affordable housing, healthcare and other essential services we believe we can build safer communities while divesting from police support.
3. Enhance community education and advocacy
- Through educating the community how to effectively organize and lobby for systematic change we believe we can catalyze the next generation of informed advocates.
Up to $25,000 will be awarded in our 2020 grant cycle. Please see below for core requirements and application timeline and send any questions to
- Eligible organizations must be a registered 501(c)(3) organization OR partner with a registered 501(c)(3) as your fiscal agent (see more detail below)
- Eligible organizations must directly support young people & young professionals
- Eligible funding request must be for less than $25,000
- Sunday, June 21: Grant application live
- Friday, July 31st: Grant application closed (Midnight)
- Sunday, August 23rd: Grant awardees notified
- Sunday, September 6th: Funds disbursed to awardees
Initiative / Project Name
Amount requested from Create Columbus Commission (Note: the Create Columbus Commission reserves the right to grant a portion of your ask)
Describe what the funds will be used for (100 words or less)
Create Columbus Commission grant applicants are required to either:
A) Be a registered 501(c)(3) organization OR
B) Partner with a registered 501(c)(3) as your fiscal agent
Applicants are required to provide their (or their fiscal agents) IRS Letter of Designation to confirm 501(c)(3) status. If you are using a fiscal agent, a signed letter from the chair or president of the fiscal agent’s board is required.
What is a fiscal agent? A fiscal agent is an organization who can act as your taxable entity. We will cut a check to your fiscal agent and they will give you your grant money. In the case of CCC grants, you can partner with organizations aligned with your mission or organizations you have previously partnered with. Your fiscal agent does not have to be a part of the project/initiative for which you are applying. We do not want this qualification to deter you from applying. If you are having trouble brainstorming a fiscal agent, please reach out to
and we will do our best to help connect you!
Please select what best describes your tax status:
An organization registered with a 501(c)(3) organizaion
Utilizing a 501(c)(3) fiscal agent
501(c)(3) or Fiscal Agent Information
Organization EIN number
Organization board president/chair
Organization contact email
Organization contact phone
Initiative / Project Contact
Initiative / Project contact name
Initiative / Project contact email
Initiative / Project contact phone
Initiative / Project contact address
Initiative / Project contact website
Have you received Create Columbus Grant funding in the past?
If yes, what was the initiative / project and its results to date? (100 words or less)
Do you or your organization have an affiliation with a Create Columbus Commissioner? If so, please list the name(s) below:
Please list any Create Columbus Commissioners on the board of or employed by your organization:
Initiative / Project Overview
How will your initiative or project impact and/or involve Columbus young professionals? (100 words or less)
How will your grant promote the CCC's priority areas for our 2020 grant cycle? (200 words or less)
How will you measure the impact of your initiative? (50 words or less)
How will your initiative be sustainable or have a lasting impact after your Create Columbus Commission funding ends? (50 words or less)
How will you leverage other resources or sources of funding? (50 words or less)
Please explain how else the Create Columbus Commission can be involved with your initiative/project (ie: attend events, participate in discussions, help get the word out, etc.) (50 words or less)
Initiative Timeline & Goals
What are the key goals and deliverables of your initiatives? (100 words or less)
Budget & Funding Details
Total Project Budget
Do you have intent to pursue additional funding? Please include any funding already secured, including funding dependent on Create Columbus funding.
Amount requested from other sources (if applicable)
Please list any expenses you anticipate to incur throughout your initiative.
Are there any more details of your budget and expenses we should know about?
We require that grant recipients provide evidence of how our funding is used. Grant recipients are required to:
1. Provide the CCC with applicable receipts of how the funds were spent
2. Provide the CCC with photo/video of the initiative
3. Publicly acknowledge through social media that your initiative was funded in part by a CCC micro grant
Receipts, photo/video, and public acknowledgement are reported bi-annually to the Create Columbus Commission. Upon receipt of your grant, you will receive further information about our reporting process. Failure to properly report will result in disqualification from future grant opportunities through the Create Columbus Commission.
Do you agree to provide any applicable receipts as well as photo/videos of your initiative to the Create Columbus Commission?
Are you able to post on social media accounts the result of your grant crediting that the initiative was funded by the Create Columbus Commission?
To finalize your application, please send the following to
You or your fiscal agent's IRS Letter of Designation to confirm 501(c)(3) status
If using a fiscal agent, a signed authorization letter from the chair/president of the board
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