​The Osteopathic Heritage Foundation (OHF) and The Columbus Foundation (TCF) recently announced the 2017 grant awards through the Capital Improvement Funding Partnership. Since forming the partnership in 2014, the two foundations have awarded more than $8 million to 64 nonprofit organizations in support of 81 programs and services. 

Funding awards through the partnership have included support for equipment, facility expansion and renovation, technology upgrades and vehicle acquisition.  The partnership was designed to enhance an organization’s impact by reducing operating costs, increasing revenue, developing process efficiencies, and ultimately, increasing access to and the quality of available services for at-risk populations in the community.  

The 2017 funding partnership resulted in awards to 22 organizations, representing a combined investment by the foundations of $1,922,523.  The following organizations were supported in 2017.

Organizations Jointly Funded by OHF and TCF:

  • ARC Industries of Franklin County: $100,000 to purchase a personal care services vehicle, assisting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities establishing employment and social skills in the community.
  • Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC): $79,675 to renovate CRC’s food pantry.
  • Columbus Early Learning Centers (CELC): $55,000 to replace the HVAC system and roof at CELC’s early learning center at Central Community House.
  • Habitat for Humanity – MidOhio: $150,000 to support a capital campaign, including expansion of ReStore operations.
  • LifeCare Alliance: $108,000 to purchase three ovens essential to Meals on Wheels operations.
  • Lutheran Social Services: $359,331 to support the capital campaign to complete renovations at Faith Mission. 
  • Maryhaven: $100,000 to renovate the Women’s Center, providing long-term recovery housing to women and their children.
  • Mid-Ohio Foodbank: $100,000 to develop a platform for an online ordering system for visitors to local food pantries.
  • St. Vincent Family Centers: $21,175 to replace the roof over the Therapeutic Preschool Program.
  • The Buckeye Ranch: $41,380 to purchase washers and dryers for the youth residential program.
  • The Salvation Army: $75,000 to renovate the Hilltop Community Center and allow for improved programming.
  • Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) of Central Ohio: $93,754 to replace the gymnasium roof at the YMCA’s Hilltop facility.

Organizations Funded by OHF:

  • Heart of Ohio Family Health Centers: $150,000 to complete renovations at the Capital Park health care facility.
  • Netcare: $131,900 to replace the roof at the Central Avenue facility, the main client care location.

Organizations Funded by TCF:

  • Canine Companions: $150,000 to build a new, regional training facility for service dogs and their families.
  • Columbus Humane: $50,000 to support capital improvements to the shelter.
  • Comp Drug: $25,000 to purchase equipment for a medically assisted treatment program.
  • Dublin Area Emergency Assistance Program: $25,000 to purchase equipment to improve inventory management at the food pantry.
  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission: $50,000 to renovate office space at Blackburne Park, as part of an intergenerational center led by Age-Friendly Columbus.
  • Neighborhood Services: $6,100 to purchase shelving and food pantry equipment.
  • Recreation Unlimited: $6,208 to purchase four canoes with stabilizers for the accessible canoeing program.
  • Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America: $45,000 to replace the roof of the dining hall at Camp Lazarus.