Cyberblockwatch.com is 1 of 26 recipients to receive grant money from the Coalition for a Nonviolent Columbus. Funds will be used as seed money for website expansion and CBW window static clings (available soon).
Mayor Michael B. Coleman established the Coalition for a Nonviolent Columbus to engage and encourage residents to become involved in their neighborhoods’ success, act as a forum for studying and applying best practice theories and serve as an initial review and recommendation board for neighborhood seed grants.
The CNC is made up of 25 voting members, appointed by the Mayor of Columbus, representing some neighborhood organizations, the faith-based community and non-profit service providers. There is also a variety supporting members to offer insight and provide resources to the voting membership.
Goals of the Neighborhood Grants
There are three goals:
- Encourage and support residents to work together to create community-based initiatives that are specific to their needs and that will directly impact their neighborhood;
- Provide financial support for one-time costs (not on-going operating expenses) for neighborhood-led initiatives that address crime and safety within Columbus neighborhoods; and
- Improve safety, reduce criminal activity and improve the quality of life in Columbus neighborhoods.
Number and Amount of Grants
The City of Columbus will disburse, through Crime Stoppers, over $40,000 for grants in 2011. The maximum grant amount is $1,000 per project. Each application is evaluated on its own merit by the CNC. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the Safety Director and the Community Relations Commission Director for final approval. The final decision may not be appealed but the applicant may reapply during the next filing period. Also note, the CNC has the discretion to reduce the amount of a grant request as they see fit.