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File #: 2597-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/9/2020 In control: Economic Development Committee
On agenda: 11/16/2020 Final action: 11/19/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of Development to modify a grant agreement with the Franklin County Historical Society dba COSI in an amount up to $300,000.00 and to modify the scope of services; to authorize an expenditure up to $300,000.00 from the CARES Act Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($300,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD2597-2020 2020-11-06 Admin COSI Mod CARES Act
Explanation
Background: This legislation authorizes the Director of Development to modify a grant agreement with the Franklin County Historical Society dba COSI in an amount up to $300,000.00 and to modify the scope of services as necessary.

Original agreement $500,000.00 ord. 1641-2020 PO240878
Modification 1 $300,000.00
Total agreement amount $800,000.00

This modification will allow COSI to continue two programs started earlier this year and funded with CARES Act funds to deliver distance learning throughout Columbus neighborhoods: COSI Connects and COSI on Wheels: Curbside. Through initiatives such as Learning Lunchboxes, Digital Literacy, COSI Learning App, Science Snack Spot Kits, COSI connects Digital Learning Centers, and Learning Lunchbox Community Conversations, COSI will work to keep students engaged and doing so where they are at: in their neighborhoods.

Emergency Designation: Emergency action is requested so that the organization can provide additional services without interruption.

Fiscal Impact: Funding is provided to the City of Columbus from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law March 27, 2020 and available in the Department of Developmentā€™s CARES Act budget (fund 2207, subfund 220702).

Title
To authorize the Director of Development to modify a grant agreement with the Franklin County Historical Society dba COSI in an amount up to $300,000.00 and to modify the scope of services; to authorize an expenditure up to $300,000.00 from the CARES Act Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($300,000.00)

Body
WHEREAS, Columbus City Council approved Ordinance 1641-2020 to provide $500,000.00 of CARES Act funding to COSI for operational support and distance learning initiatives; and

WHEREAS, COSI has had success with distance learning initiatives and additional funding is needed to continue the programs; and

WHEREAS, the COVID 19 pandemic has resulted in changes to traditional K...

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