The first round of approving grants for the 2016-17 administrative year culminated with the Club Trustees receiving and approving the reports of the Young Children Priority One Committee and the Youth Opportunity/ Community Outreach Committee. Each of the Committees worked hard to evaluate the grant requests they received and to determine which ones should be funded, and to what extent.
The Young Children Priority One Committee submitted four requests for approval by the Trustees, from the seven grant requests they received. Extensive discussion was held on each one before approval was given:
1- CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence received a $5,000 grant to provide therapeutic toys for children from homes where there has been abuse.
2- Center for Healthy Families was awarded a $3,000 grant to provide crisis intervention services to pregnant and parenting teens aged 13-19 in Franklin County.
3- Columbus Early Learning Centers received a $3,000 grant to fund near-east side physical education, nutritional education and preventive screening.
4- Community Development for All People had a $3,000 grant approved to provide early education and training for parents completing the ”First birthday” program.
The Youth Opportunity/Community Outreach Committee reviewed 23 grant requests totaling more than $197,000. From those, two requests were submitted for approval by the Trustees:
1- Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center had its $7,000 grant request approved to be used for its ‘Kinship Care’ program that impacts kids not raised by their parents, but rather, by their grandparents or other relatives. Information bags will carry our logo.
2- Furniture Bank of Central Ohio will receive a $5,000 grant to be used for their „Beds for Kids‟ program that serves more than 5,000 children per year. The money will purchase 50 new mattresses.
In addition, Furniture Bank of Central Ohio will also provide us an opportunity to help build the beds. In addition, the Trustees approved a grant of up to $500 to purchase ten sets of various-level reading books to be utilized in the “Reading Buddies” Program hosted by the Boys & Girls Club Columbus. Perry Fisher will coordinate the process and oversee the safe storage of the materials between sessions.