2019 Create Columbus Commission Micro Grant Application
This application is for the new bi-annual Create Columbus Commission micro grants of up to $1,500 to support Young Professionals in Columbus, Ohio.
Grants from the CCC are meant to fund catalysts. These catalysts are young professionals with ideas, events, and audacious goals for the growth of the young professional community in Columbus. The micro-grants will have a lasting impact and jump start the city’s brightest and most ambitious citizens and ideas. In providing resources to these ventures, we will invest in co-creation and promote the urban pulse. We take this initiative one step forward with a commitment to recognize co-creators amplifying the urban pulse throughout the city.
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.
2. Amplify the urban pulse:
Strengthen efforts of community building and cultural exchanges between young professionals.
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.
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
Initiative / Project Name
Initiative / Project Website & Social Media (Twitter, Insta, FB, etc)
Initiative / Project Contact Name
Initiative / Project Contact Email
Initiative / Project Contact Phone Number
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!
Which best describes the individual/organization applying for a micro grant:
An individual utilizing a registered 501(c)(3) fiscal agent seeking funds
A registered 501(c)(3) organization seeking funds
501(c)(3) or Fiscal Agent's Name
501(c)(3) or Fiscal Agent's EIN number
501(c)(3) or Fiscal Agent's board president/chair
501(c)(3) or Fiscal Agent's address
501(c)(3) or Fiscal Agent's website
501(c)(3) or Fiscal Agent's contact name
501(c)(3) or Fiscal Agent's contact email
501(c)(3) or Fiscal Agent contact phone number
Tell us a little more about yourself/your organization and your use of a micro grant. (100 words or less)
Have you applied for a Create Columbus Commission grant in the past?
Yes and received funding
If you received funding, what was the initiative/project and what were your results?
Are you affiliated with the Create Columbus Commission? If so, how?
How will your initiative or project impact Columbus young professionals (yourself included)? (100 words or less)
The Create Columbus Commission works to advocate for initiatives focused on economic prosperity, urban pulse, and co-creation. Specifically, our micro-grants aim to advocate for initiatives focused on the urban pulse. How will your grant promote the urban pulse? (100 words or less)
What is the timeline for your micro grant funds to be used? Please include any key dates.
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.)
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 project/initiative
3. Publicly acknowledge through social media that your project/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 project/initiative to the Create Columbus Commission?
Are you able to post on social media accounts the result of your micro grant crediting that the project/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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