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First Round of Chase Neighborhood 200Columbus Grants Announced

in Press Releases November 22, 2011 3 min read

Columbus, Ohio – The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) andJPMorgan Chase Foundation are pleased to announce the first round of grant recipients for the Chase 200Columbus Neighborhood Grant program.

Fourteen projects throughout Columbus were funded totaling $90,000. Twenty-two applications were received. The second and final deadline for the program is February 15 and $110,000 remains to be distributed. Award winning grants help fulfill the mission of the Bicentennial of honoring the past, celebrating the present, and envisioning the future.

“I want to congratulate all these worthy recipients and thank JPMorgan Chase Foundation and GCAC for this investment in our community,” Mayor Michael B. Coleman said. “These are projects that will enhance Columbus, and these well-deserved grants will help make them possible.”

Grant recipients, projects and amounts include:

A&L Afterschool Institute, E-portraits of Teakwood Heights, $4,000; Clintonville Historical Society for the Clintonville-Linden History Mural, $6,500; Diverse Media Zone, The Legacy of Eastgate, $4,500; Friends of the Cultural Arts Center Bicentennial Artists Gala, $4,000; The German Village Society, 200Columbus Schiller Park, $6,500; Hilliard Development Corp, Explore the Heart of Hilliard in 2012, $10,000; Maple Grove United Methodist, A Columbus Community for yesterday, today and tomorrow, $1,500; Merion Village Association, Plant Pride on Parsons, $9,500; Monroe Middle School, Merchant Stories, $5,000; Neighborhood Design Center, Livingston Avenue Bicentennial Gateway, $5,000; SID Public Services, Historic Clock Restoration, $7,500; Urban Cultural Arts Foundation, Our Franklin Park Place Celebration, $6,000; Westerville Parks Foundation, Westerville Legacy Train Depot, $10,000; Worthington Center for the Arts, 200 Public Art Project, $10,000.

Click here to see a map of project locations.

“We are extremely pleased with the strength, creativity and diversity of projects funded during the program’s first round,” said Jeff Lyttle, Region Executive at Chase. “These projects will celebrate neighborhoods large and small, to the north, south, east and west of our city’s core. It is exactly what Chase hoped to achieve through the funding of this program.”

Funding requests were reviewed based on:

• Creativity
• Broad resident engagement
• Level of collaboration among multiple residents and organizations
• Commitment to raise matching funds and in-kind support for the project
• Legacy/sustainable aspects of the project
• Thematic consistency with the overall 200Columbus Celebration


In July 2011 The JPMorgan Chase Foundation invested $200,000 to help launch the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s effort to get neighborhoods across seven counties involved in celebrating the 200th birthday of Columbus. Neighborhoods can apply for up to $10,000 each.

Grant applicants are urged to explore the role their specific neighborhood has played in the city’s 200-year history. The program encourages cultural, educational, diverse and multigenerational activities including:

• Legacy projects
• Works of art
• Customized performances, or
• Other creative programs/activities


All central Ohio neighborhoods in Franklin County and six contiguous counties—Delaware, Fairfield, Licking, Madison, Pickaway and Union—are eligible to seek grants. Applicants must be non-profit organizations, including neighborhood associations, schools, churches, arts, cultural and civic groups.

GCAC will host an informational session to help non-profits understand the application process in January. Details regarding grant guidelines, and a link to the grant application form can be found at:

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, we fund exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts for their continued support.

About JPMorgan Chase: JPMorgan Chase is the region’s largest private sector employer with more than 17,000 employees living and working in central Ohio. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.2 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small-business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at

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