Columbus: City Now Accepting Applications for Summer Youth Program Funding
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Columbus, OH ~ Columbus, OH - The City of Columbus has announced that starting today, 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that offer summer programs for youth between the ages of 5 and 18 can apply for funding support through an online application. The deadline to submit applications is Wednesday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther expressed the importance of investing in the city's youth, stating that they are the greatest asset and it is the city's responsibility to provide them with skills, knowledge, and resources to set them on a path towards success. He emphasized the need for structure, stability, and mentorship to expand opportunities for young people and ensure their safety during the summer months and beyond.

To be eligible for funding, organizations must offer programming during the summer season (May through September) that aligns with one or more of the following outcomes: improving academic performance and intellectual development, enhancing career readiness and workplace skills, and promoting non-violent conflict resolution skills.

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Council President Shannon G. Hardin highlighted the program's focus on supporting youth who are caught in unstable situations and neighborhoods that are disproportionately affected by crime and violence. He stated that by providing high-quality programming in these areas, they hope to give young people more opportunities to grow and stay on a positive path.

A collaborative effort between representatives from Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, Department of Neighborhoods, and Columbus City Council will review all applications and determine which organizations will receive funding from the city. Selected organizations will be notified this spring.

This program has been tagged as "Media Releases" as it enters its fourth year of operation with a renewed focus on supporting at-risk youth in Columbus. Nonprofit organizations interested in applying for funding can do so through the online application before March 20th at 5 p.m.

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