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Columbus Youth Foundation

Columbus Youth Foundation


Grantmaking Focus


The Columbus Youth Foundation makes a difference in the lives of youth from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of Columbus by providing healthy, positive opportunities to learn life lessons through recreation and sports.

Grant Application Instructions


The Columbus Youth Foundation’s application deadline is January 10. The online application will be accessible by December 1, and decisions for grant awards are typically announced by the end of May.




It is no longer required that an applicant have a conversation with Foundation staff in advance of submitting an application. Please note that only those applications that are closely aligned with the Foundation’s grantmaking focus, as outlined above, will be considered. 


For those unfamiliar with the Foundation’s application process, you are encouraged to attend one of the Grant Opportunity Open House events that are held throughout the year. These events provide an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to meet the staff managing grant processes for Supporting Foundations and The Columbus Foundation. View Workshops, Forums, & Grant Deadlines for specific dates.

Examples of Grants


  • Big Brothers Big Sisters: $10,000 to support scholarships to Camp Oty’Okwa.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Columbus: $40,000 to support the summer youth program.
  • Gladden Community House: $10,000 to support the team sports program.
  • YMCA of Central Ohio: $8,000 to support youth programming.

Reporting Requirements


All grantees must submit a Final Report (Word or PDF format). Final reports are generally due 30 days following the project grant period. Please refer to your grant agreement for the exact deadline date. Please note that if a grantee applies for a new grant from the Columbus Youth Foundation before an existing grant’s final report deadline, staff will contact the grantee regarding submission of a progress report or early submission of their final report.

Publicity for Approved Grants


The Columbus Youth Foundation asks all nonprofit organizations receiving funding, to help promote the vital role philanthropy plays in strengthening our community, and the importance of charitable giving to your organization’s effort to carry out its mission. The foundation’s logo is available in the Toolkit.

Staff Contacts


If you have questions about how your organization’s program might fit with the grantmaking interests of the Columbus Youth Foundation, contact Mark Lomax. Be sure to include a brief summary of the program.


For technical assistance, contact a Supporting Foundations team member.