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Greater Columbus Arts Council & Chase Announce 2nd Round of Grants to Help Neighborhoods Celebrate Columbus’s 200th Birthday

in Press Releases March 20, 2012 3 min read

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

Twenty-three projects throughout Columbus were funded totaling $110,000. Fifty-seven applications were received. Fourteen applications were awarded funding totaling $90,000 in the first round announced last fall. 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:

Alkebulan dba Juneteenth Ohio, 22nd Annual Juneteenth Ohio Festival, $6,000; Barack Community Recreation Center, “Pride on the South Side” An Academy of the Arts and Creative Minds, $2,500; Columbus Italian Festival, 2012 Columbus Italian Festival, $6,500; Columbus Metropolitan Library, Summer Reading Club 2012 – Have A Blast! Read. Celebrate 200 Years of Columbus Fun, $5,000; Fairfield County Historical Parks, Lithopolis Road Legacy, $3,000; Forest Park Civic Association, Forest Park Civic Association’s 50th Anniversary, $5,500; Friends of Doo Dah, 29th Annual Doo Dah Parade, $3,000; Friends of Goodale Park, William Fish Gate Restoration – Goodale Park, $1,500; Gahanna Convention & Visitors Bureau, Gahanna Herbal Trail, $6,500; Greater Linden Development Corp., Legacy Greater Linden, $4,000; Highland West Neighbors Association, West Broad Street Banner Project, $3,000; Homes On The Hill Community Development Corporation, Greater Hilltop Public Art Initiative, $6,500; Jazz Arts Group, The Blackberry Patch Phases Two and Three, $6,500; Locality 2012, Locality 2012, $6,000; Lower Olentangy Urban Arboretum, Columbus 200/Glen Echo 100th Birthday Celebration, $4,500; New Harvest Urban Arts Center, A Place to Remember, $6,000; Northwest Civic Association, Centennial High School, $3,000; Northwood Park Garden Club, Gate Posts: Continuing the Legacy of a Neighborhood, $5,000; Ohio Performance Academy, Northland International Community Festival, $6,000; ROY G BIV Gallery, Creativity, Collaboration & Interactivity in the Short North Arts District, $5,500; Thiossane Institute, Thiossane Institute “A Celebration of Art,” $5,500; UA Arts, Second Step – Sculpture Proposal, Looking Back to Move Upper Arlington Forward, $4,000; Westgate Neighbors Association, Arts in the Park, $5,000.

“We continue to be delighted with the creativity and variety of projects that our neighborhoods in partnership with the arts community created,” said Cinnamon Pelly, Community Relations Officer at JPMorgan Chase Foundation. “These projects engage our neighbors, beautify our neighborhoods and celebrate the vibrant culture and unique history that makes Columbus great through the arts. We are proud to celebrate Columbus’ Bicentennial through our investment in our neighborhoods and the arts and congratulate all of the round two award winners.”

Funding requests were reviewed based on:

  • Creativity
  • 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
  • Broad resident engagement

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 could apply for up to $10,000 each.

Grant applicants were 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.

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, GCAC funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provides programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. GCAC thanks the City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support.

About JPMorgan Chase: JPMorgan Chase is the region’s largest private sector employer with more than 19,000 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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