File #: 0656-2024    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/27/2024 In control: Health, Human Services, & Equity Committee
On agenda: 4/8/2024 Final action: 4/10/2024
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to execute grant agreements with United way of Central Ohio, Inc. in an amount up to $100,000.00 for Year 2 of the department’s Elevate! 2.0 program; to authorize the provision of services for a 12 month period from January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024; to authorize the payment for reasonable food and non-alcoholic beverages for participants of programs included in the grant agreements; to authorize the advancement of funds on a pre-determined schedule during the term of the agreement; to authorize the expenditure of up to $100,000.00 from the Emergency Human Services Fund. ($100,000.00).
Attachments: 1. 0656-2024 Admin United Way 2024 Elevate 2.pdf

BACKGROUND: This legislation authorizes the Director of the Department of Development to execute a grant agreement with United Way of Central Ohio, Inc. for Year 2 of the department’s Elevate! 2.0 program. The term of the grant shall be for a 12- month period from January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024. The total amount awarded is $100,000.00.

Columbus, renowned as America's Opportunity City, remains a beacon of potential and hope for its residents. Nevertheless, a significant portion of the population faces challenges stemming from personal, societal, structural, and economic factors, which impede their full participation in the city's myriad opportunities. Acknowledging the complexity of these challenges, the City is committed to implementing a comprehensive solution and is responsible for driving transformative changes to establish equitable opportunities for all residents.

The Elevate! Initiative plays a pivotal role in effecting this transformative change. This initiative allocates funding to support 112 distinct non-profit organizations categorized into two programs, denoted as 1.0 and 2.0, collectively addressing 16 of the 21 aspirations outlined in The Mayor’s Opportunity Rising. Through various means, the Elevate! Initiative promotes and provides opportunities for collaboration, learning, and resource-sharing among member agencies, ensuring that every community member they serve can access the services needed based upon their unique circumstance.

The Elevate! 2.0 NOFA (Notice of Funding Availability) was made available to local not-for-profit organizations from September 12, 2022, to October 3, 2022. The Department received 142 applications, requesting a total funding of $14,050,000.00, which were reviewed by a 24-member team. Sixty-four programs were selected for funding in 2023, marking the inaugural year of the three-year Elevate! 2.0 program. Fifty-nine community agencies are listed in a separate ordinance, funding for this agency is w...

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