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File #: 1553-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/8/2021 In control: Recreation & Parks Committee
On agenda: 7/12/2021 Final action: 7/15/2021
Title: To authorize the Director of Recreation and Parks to make financial assistance available and enter into grant agreements with Columbus area 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations to provide programming to youth in Central Ohio; to authorize the City Auditor to establish a certificate in the amount of $4,200,000.00; to authorize the transfer of $285,850.00 from the General Fund to the Recreation and Parks Operating Fund; to authorize the appropriation of $4,000,000.00 within the Recreation and Parks Operating Fund; to authorize the expenditure of $200,000.00 from the Recovery Fund; to authorize the expenditure of $4,000,000.00 from the Recreation and Parks Operating Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($4,485,850.00)
Attachments: 1. Ord 1553-2021 Legislation Template 2.pdf
Explanation

Background: This ordinance authorizes the City Auditor to establish a certificate in the amount of $4,200,000.00 to enter into grant agreements with Columbus area 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations to provide programming to youth in Central Ohio.

Due to the effects of COVID-19, the City of Columbus recognizes many organizations have suffered economic repercussions and may not have the same capacity to serve youth in 2021 and 2022. Through the American Rescue Plan fund, up to $4,200,000.00 is allocated to distribute to qualified Columbus area nonprofit agencies. Grants awarded will range from $5,000 to $250,000.

The nonprofit organizations must provide programming to youth in Columbus. Importantly, all expenses must be eligible under the United States Treasury American Rescue Plan guidelines.

Emergency Justification: Emergency action is requested so that the program can be implemented as soon as possible in accordance with grant conditions.

Benefits to the Public: These grants will support programs that address educational disparities and/or promote healthy childhood environments.

Area(s) Affected: City-Wide with emphasis on low income neighborhoods.
Master Plan Relation: This project will support the mission of the Columbus Recreation and Parks’ Master Plan by providing diverse, inclusive, and affordable opportunities for youth. The program will also provide ways to expand program offerings to youth.

Fiscal Impact: This ordinance authorizes the City Auditor to establish a certificate in the amount of $4,200,000.00 for the purpose of encumbering funds for future grant agreements with Columbus Area non-profit organizations to provide youth programming in Central Ohio. The Recreation and Parks operating fund 2285 will contribute $4,000,000.00 and the Recovery Fund 2209 will contribute $200,000.00. In addition, this ordinance authorizes the transfer of $285,850 to the Recreation and Parks Operating fund 2285.

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