The Grants Committee of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus solicited grant applications through the Club’s website with a deadline of 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2024. Applications were to be submitted via email to the Club’s Secretary (details were on the website from early December). Only applications provided via email would be considered.


This resulted in the Grants Committee receiving 24 Grant Applications for funding totaling $269,559. Available funding for this Grants Cycle is $64,000.


Below are listed the eight nonprofits (in alphabetical order) with program description and/or title and dollar amount the KCC Trustees approved, as recommended by the Grants Committee.


  • CelebrateOne: Infant Mortality Emergency and Essential Needs: $12,750
  • Central Community House: Youth Are Central Literacy Project: $6,500
  • Columbus Early Learning Centers: Pre-K Mental Health Support: $4,225
  • Good Neighbors of Central Ohio: Good Neighbors Picnic: $1,950
  • LifeCare Alliance: Central Ohio Diabetes Association Camp: $6,500
  • Little Bottoms Free Store: Infants/Babies Essential Needs: $11,700
  • SproutFive (South Side Learning & Dev Center): Building Better Beginnings: $7,800
  • Student Success Stores: $12,575

CelebrateOne: A collective impact initiative founded to reduce infant mortality and improve health equity so more babies reach their first birthdays in Franklin County. The funds will be used to purchase items such as diapers, diaper bags, car seats and other personal care items that all pregnant and parenting families need. Grant Amount: $12,750


Central Community House: The Youth Are Central Literacy Project is a focus area for its after school program. The project will provide intensive, ongoing onsite tutoring, help youth establish a love for reading outside the school setting and ensure that they develop the skills they need to be lifelong, independent thinkers, readers and writers. Grant Amount: $6,500


Columbus Early Learning Centers: This program will provide trained mental health practitioners to converse and interact with children to age five, providing an outlet so that the children can build their confidence in dealing with life’s difficult moments. The trained staff will help build trust with the children and their families, ultimately providing them with proven, healthy methods for navigating their lives. Grant Amount: $4,225


Good Neighbors of Central Ohio: For 25 years, the annual Good Neighbors Picnic has provided guests, whether they be adults or children, the benefit of a picnic in the park. They are hosted by many volunteers who distribute clothing, blankets, books, food (hot meals and cold), games, crafts and so on. The funds will help provide new underwear and socks, plus coats (new and gently used). Grant Amount: $1,950


LifeCare Alliance: This grant will fund its Central Ohio Diabetes Association Camp. The camp provides children ages 3-17 living with diabetes a camping experience which encourages physical activity and daily education sessions, led my medical staff, regarding the nature of diabetes and the various methods of managing it. Grant Amount: $6,500


Little Bottoms Free Store: Located in Franklinton, the Free Store has become Columbus’ largest free store exclusively and directly serving babies and children. It is open every Thursday evening to provide every variety of items that underserved babies and toddlers need…including diapers, wipes, clothes, shoes and toys. Cribs are available to parents who complete a safe-sleep training. Grant Amount: $11,700


SproutFive: Formerly known as South Side Learning and Development Center, SproutFive, a program for Building Better Beginnings is designed to counter the geographic, racial and socio-economic disparities in Franklin County, by supporting the people who interact daily with “the littles.” Though approached many ways, the overall goal is to reduce learning gaps for these littles. Grant Amount: $7,800


Student Success Stores: This grant will help sponsor the Columbus City Schools’ South High School Store. It helps meet the basic needs of students from economically disadvantaged and remove barriers to learning that are created with life’s necessities are unavailable. Students can access hygiene products, easy-to-eat food items, snacks and mobile meals, school-code clothing and school supplies. Grant Amount: $12,575