Grants Committee


In 2005, The Community Festival established a formal grants program.  Each winter, the committee reviews applications from community organizations for projects throughout the city.  We fund a wide range of organizations and initiatives.  Awards are celebrated and distributed during our annual membership meeting, which is held in the Goodale Park shelter house.

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We are proud to announce the following 2016 ComFest Grants Recipients.  This year we gave eleven non-profit organizations in Columbus a total of $15,000 in project grants!  Thank you for helping us make this happen.  THIS is what ComFest is all about.

Actor's Theatre –Summer camp scholarships for youth

Creative Strings –Scholarships for young musicians to participate in workshops

Central Ohio Green Education Fund --Startup expenses for WGRN Radio Women’s Programming Initiative

Community Organizing Center – Southside Community Collaborative Teen Institute

Cornerstone of Hope – In-School Grief Support Group

Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services – Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign

Franklin County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) –Remembrance jewelry and monthly survivor scrapbook group

Franklinton Cycle Works – Outdoor bicycle air pump and maintenance station

Good Neighbors of Central Ohio – Good Neighbors Picnic for homeless individuals

Third Hand Bicycle Co-op – LED lighting conversion

Vanderelli Room – Artist Holistic Integrative Educational Program for young artists with autism and other disabilities


The following is a list of organizations that have received past funding from The Community Festival.


Central Ohio Green Education Fund
Central Ohio Worker Center
CMAA Refugee Services
Community Computer Alliance
Franklin County Local Outreach to Suicide Survivor Team (L.O.S.S.)
Friends of the Ravines
Girlz Rhythm and Rock Camp
Good Neighbors of Central Ohio


Franklin Park Civic Association
Global Gallery
Kossuth Street Garden
Life Care Alliance
WCBE Radio
WCRS-FM Columbus Community Radio


CASA (Court Appointed Social Advocates) of Franklin County
Community Organizing Center
Girlz Rhythm n Rock Camp
Izaak Walton League Capital City Chapter
Kossuth Street Gardens
Near East Side Bike Co-Op
Rwandan Women in Action
Summit & 16th United Methodist Church/ University District Freedom School


Columbus Green Building Forum
Columbus Youth Guild
Girlz Rhythm N Rock Camp
Goodale Park Music Series
Huckleberry House
Kosuth Street Commonwealth Garden
Short North Civic Association
Sporeprint InfoShop
Third Hand Bicycle Cooperative
U.A.E.A. (University Area Enrichment Association)
Westminster-Thurber Community
Youth Advocate Services


Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism/Free Press
Film Council of Greater Columbus, Inc.
Huckleberry House
Near Northside Emergency Material Assistance Program
Westminster-Thurber Community


The Center for Humane Options in Childbirth Experiences
The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University
Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center
Columbus AIDS Task Force
Iuka Park Ravine AssociationEarthTouch
The Peach District
Pedal Instead
Third Hand Bike Cooperative


The Center for Human Options in Childbirth Experiences
Columbus AIDS Task Force
Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed
Historic Peace Churches of Ohio
Native American Indian Center
University Area Enrichment Association (Pedal Instead)
Third Hand Bicycle Cooperative
WCRS / Simply Living
Westminster-Thurber Community


Camp Sunrise
Clintonville Beechwold Community Resource Center
Free Geek
Friends of the Homeless
Graham School
Impact Safety
Third Hand Bike Co-op


Adena Brook Ravine
Camp Sunrise
Columbus Children's Theater
Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism (Free Press)
Free Geek
Friends of Lower Olentangy Watershed
Friends of the Ravinces
Simply Living Radio Station - WCRS


Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism/Free Press
Friends of Alum Creek
Friends of the Homeless
Friends of Lower Olentangy Watershed
Friends of the Ravines
Impact Safety
Ohio Patient Network
SIDS (Short North Improvement District)
Simply Living Radio Station - WCRS

Get Involved

The grants committee is made up of 9 active members of the Community Festival.  Committee members are nominated by their peers and determined by a consensus of the General Planning Group.  Each member serves a three-year term with three new members selected each year.  Our next openings will occur in summer 2015, so if you are an active member of ComFest and would like to be a part of the Comfest Grants Committee, please check back after the 2015 festival.