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Summer Fellowship Program

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for
Fellowships that Promote Community Betterment

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The Columbus Foundation

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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for student fellowships that promote community betterment activities. Funding is intended to create a partnership between fellows and their hosting nonprofit organization to positively impact the community. The goal of the program is to benefit residents in Franklin County. The program places eligible students with nonprofits for a 10-week period. The most competitive applications will outline a clear and specific idea with clear direction and outcomes.

The Summer Fellowship Program engages the next generation of young leaders in the sector through career-related work. Nonprofits benefit from the additional support students provide to a specific program or objective, while students receive valuable experience through their work. 

Fellows must attend an orientation, all Learning Sessions, and the final luncheon. Required events taking place during working hours will be included in the Fellow’s required 40 hours of work. Fellows will be required to make weekly blog postings sharing Fellowship experiences and lessons learned. Other events, such as excursions, are highly encouraged for the Fellow—but not required.

Host organizations are expected to include the Fellow in meetings, offer a dedicated workspace, and offer all necessary tools to complete the project, including a computer if necessary. Host organizations are expected to offer full-time employment (approximately 40 hours per week) to the Fellow and to offer the same Fourth of July holiday time off as it offers to other employees.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166372

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Fellow will receive a stipend of $6,350.

Each organization will receive a grant of $7,350 from The Columbus Foundation and is responsible for paying the Fellow through the organization’s payroll system. The additional $1,000 is intended to cover organization costs or supplies related to hosting the Fellowship.

Term of Contract:

The 10-week fellowship for 2021 starts June 7 and ends August 13.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations impacting Franklin County are eligible to apply.

To qualify for the Fellowship program, organizations must have a current Directory Listing in The Giving Store.

Hospitals, colleges, and universities are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply to be a 2021 Summer Fellowship host site is September 11, 2020.

A link to the online application for the 2021 program will be available approximately four to six weeks before the deadline.

Applicant organizations go through a review process that is similar to other grant opportunities. Once the group of finalists is approved by the Foundation’s Governing Committee, they will be notified accordingly. Applicant organizations will hear from the Foundation in November. At that time, more specific details pertaining to the logistics of the program will be communicated with the selected organizations.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Mark Lomax, II, D.M.A., Community Research and Grants Management Officer

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USA: Ohio: Franklin County

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