The Foundation’s Bicentennial Grants support organizations, programs, and services that will positively impact our neighborhoods and residents for years to come. Each of these grants were made possible thanks to generous donors who established a Greatest Needs (Unrestricted) or Field of Interest Fund through a planned gift.
“We’ve selected a suite of organizations that represent an array of interests in strengthening our city,” said Lisa Schweitzer Courtice, Ph.D., executive vice president for Community Research and Grants Management. “These grants support the arts, the environment, education, health and wellness, democratization of data, recognizing Columbus on an international platform, and youth philanthropy. They reflect the holistic manner in which we strive to live and improve our community.”
Columbus Foundation Bicentennial Grants include:
See Kids Dream
$265,000 over three years (initial grant awarded in 2011) to expand the successful youth philanthropy program, Penny Harvest, to 50 elementary and middle schools in central Ohio and to support a student-led challenge to set the world record for a continuous penny chain of 75 miles.
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
$75,000 to support Eco-Summit 2012, an international convening of ecological and environmental scientists, engineers, business leaders, and policymakers. From September 30-October 5, 2012, Columbus will host this international gathering that will likely attract over 2,000 participants from more than 60 countries.
Jazz Moves Columbus
(a collaboration among Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, BalletMet, and WOSU Public Media)
$30,000 to support one of the premier events kicking off the 2012 celebration year. Jazz Moves Columbus is a multi-media performance that will include dance, music, and imagery from WOSU’s Columbus Neighborhoods documentary series.
WOSU Public Media
$20,000 to support the production of Columbus Neighborhoods, a series of hourlong documentaries about Columbus’ historic neighborhoods.
Community Research Partners
$150,000 over two years (initial grant awarded in 2011) to expand DataSource 2.0, a centralized and robust source of data, making information about central Ohio available and easily accessible to all.
$295,451 over three years (initial grant awarded in 2010) to develop a Corporate Mode Shift Program to increase the number of persons riding bicycles to work to two percent in Columbus’ bicentennial year 2012.
$75,000 to support the promotional efforts, events planning, and management needs for the city’s bicentennial celebration.
The Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks
$200,000 to enable The Ohio Benefit Bank to expand its program with three new components encouraging education, health, and financial literacy. Bicentennial Leadership Award
Columbus Historical Society
$100,000 to preserve and promote Columbus history through a new partnership with COSI. Bicentennial Leadership Award
Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012
$45,000 to Special Improvement District (SID) Public Services Association to support Finding Time: Columbus Public Art 2012, a yearlong program of temporary public art in downtown Columbus featuring 14 temporary site-responsive works by more than 50 international, national, and local artists who reflect the broad range of forms and media in contemporary public art.
Street Clock Restoration
$5,000 to SID Public Services Association to restore two historic street clocks in downtown Columbus as part of the recognition of Columbus’ Bicentennial. This project is managed by the Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus.