Community Festival is a year-round organization, not just a festival for three days each year. One way we accomplish this is by supporting individuals or organizations with community-based projects through our Grants Program. Since 2006, ComFest has awarded more than $300,000 to organizations and projects that promote the ComFest Statement of Principles. In 2017, Comfest awarded $12,500 in full or partial grant awards to eight recipients. See recipeints below.
ComFest 2018 Grant Applications are closed. Applicants will be notified of their award status in late March, 2018.
Would you like to donate to the Comfest Grants fund? 100% of your donation goes directly the grants fund.
Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio: Nutrition, Education and Cooking Classes for Low-Income Patients will support and enhance individualized nutrition counseling and provide hands-on cooking demonstrations by dietitians for 45 patients to equip and motivate them to voluntarily manage their food choices.
Community Arts Project: King Arts Complex Youth Summer Camp will provide campers ages 5-13 from economically disadvantaged households a summer camp developed around the theme of Black Arts Movement. Youth will be introduced to local and nationally recognized artists who use their art to advocate for social justice.
Central Ohio Worker Center: Restaurant Worker Survey will gather information from at least 300 Columbus restaurant workers. Results will help build a database of wages, working conditions, benefts, and struggles of restaurant workers in the area that will track wage theft, discrimination, and workplace harassment. COWC is also providing “Know Your Rights” sessions to inform workers of their rights.
Cbus Libraries: Eco Library project will build a temporary art, literature, and educational installation of four little libraries in one structure, The Eco Library. Their goal is to engage participants over the course of outdoor festivals, promote social change through a unique presentation, and advance harmony with the environment.
Global Gallery: Women Crafting Change will expand its programs with a summer internship. Ten teenage girls from the Hilltop area will learn creative business skills and work side by side with current WCC members. These teens will come from a partnership with Faith Community Church and the teen program at the Shalom Zone.
Youth Yoga Project: Yoga in Schools will present a 12-week yoga and wellness program at three Columbus City Schools in underserved and under-resourced neighborhoods. YIS is designed to improve their physical, social, and emotional well-being and increase academic success.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio: Camp Lionheart provides children with the compassion and expertise needed to help face the diffculties of grieving losses due to suicide, murder, and drug overdose, as well as terminal illness, sudden death, and trauma, while providing a highly therapeutic, fun and healing program. Now in its 11th year, Camp Lionheart works with children and teens, ages 7-17, who are grieving losses.
Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services: Survivor Support Group will help survivors break their social isolation and empower them with skills to help them be independent from their abusers. The program focuses on bringing culturally specifc outreach and services to refugee and immigrant women and families in Central Ohio involved in sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, human traffcking, and stalking situations.