Columbus to Fund Summer Youth Engagement and Anti-Violence Programming

The City of Columbus has received $93 million in federal funds out of an expected $187 million from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to provide assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be delivered over two years and must be used by 2024. Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and City Council have agreed to allocate $19.7 million for short-term summer youth engagement and anti-violence efforts.

“Our city and our residents continue to suffer from the fallout of the global pandemic, and no one has been more negatively impacted than our young people,” said Mayor Ginther. “Our first investment of American Rescue Plan dollars will help our kids regain some of what they lost with opportunities for programming, education and employment through city departments as well as through community partners.”

“We are advancing a bold plan with the Mayor to put nearly $20 million into area nonprofits focused on keeping our kids safe while helping them catch up,” said City Council President Shannon G. Hardin. “This package of ARP projects are critical to getting Columbus past the brutal challenges brought onto neighborhoods by COVID-19 restrictions and frustrations. Together with local partners we’re helping make sure folks can get back to work, back into classes and back to living their lives safely.”

Of the $19.7 million that is being allocated, $15.6 million will utilize ARP funding. The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department’s (CRPD) total additional spending for summer programming is $4.8 million, with $4 million coming from City sources outside of the ARP allocation. $4.2 million will be used by CRPD to support qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide youth programming centered on addressing educational disparities and/or promoting healthy childhood environments. 

Requests for RFPs through CRPD have been posted on the city’s Vendor Services portal since June 11, 2021. Proposals are due at noon on July 9, 2021. Questions can be submitted via email to:

The city is developing a process to determine how to best invest ARP funding to meet the community’s near- and long-term needs, informed in part by the work of the joint City-County Recovery and Resiliency Committee. Community organizations seeking financial support for proposals utilizing American Recovery Plan funding are encouraged to submit proposals online utilizing a standard form that includes a budget and description of how the funds will be used.

Sheep Farm Events

Join us if you are available on Saturday, June 12th from 9:00 am to noon.

We will have Pam from the City of Columbus Department of Recreation and Parks to show us what weeds we should target to keep the Sheep Farm as clean and usable as possible while we wait for a plan for the property. She will bring tools and gloves, but I encourage you to bring your own gloves and to be prepared with long sleeves and pants and, given the recent rain, boots.

As an inducement for rolling out so early on a Saturday, NWCA is providing coffee and donuts (really good ones from a local donut shop). So we know how many tools and donuts will be needed, please email if you plan to come.

Please come even if you can’t stay long. We want to show Recreation and Parks that this park is important to us. Thanks!
Join Columbus Landmarks Foundation to See a Presentation about the Farmhouse

Soon to be surrounded by a new city park, the fate of the c1880s sheep farmhouse – one of the oldest remaining structures in northwest Columbus – is unknown. Join Columbus Landmarks Foundation via Zoom, Friday, June 18 at noon for a free presentation by Miranda Nicasio, a graduate student at the Savannah College of Art & Design, who measured and evaluated this building as an assignment. We hope that Miranda’s work will help guide decision-makers and the design team toward a productive new use. 

Register to get the Zoom link