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Community Relations Innovation Small Grant Program

Upper Arlington is a community that values diversity, welcomes everyone and desires to ensure that anyone who lives in UA, works in UA or visits UA feels included and at home. To build on those qualities, the City of Upper Arlington created the Community Relations Committee in 2020. Comprised of nine community volunteers, the CRC’s purpose is to “promote understanding, mutual respect and a sense of belonging among all residents to affirm the value of each individual and foster a culture of shared community.”

Fostering and promoting a welcoming community cannot be done by government alone. It requires involvement from community members and organizations. To encourage more community involvement, the City – with guidance from the Community Relations Committee – has established the Community Relations Innovation Small Grant Program to support community-based, innovative approaches to fulfilling the CRC’s Purpose, Mission and Vision.

This competitive program will provide grants of $1,000 – $5,000 to organizations seeking funding for projects that will achieve one or more of the following goals:

  1. INFORMATION:Increase UA residents’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within UA and throughout Central Ohio.
  2. INVITING:Increase the number, type, and quality of positive interactions by non-residents with the UA community.
  3. INCLUSION:Increase the sense of belonging and inclusion of all UA citizens with special focus on non-majority residents and those without pre-existing connections to UA.

Interested groups are strongly encouraged to participate in a virtual information session scheduled for Noon, Friday, January 28. Applications will be due by 5 pm on February 15, 2022. Successful applicants will be notified on March 15, 2022. Visit the Community Relations website to learn more and to download the application form.

Virtual Information Session

Noon, Friday, January 28
Join the Meeting: //zoom.us/j/98620606174?pwd=cGgxTmlraGs4TUZYNUNaT2s4U2NwZz09
Meeting ID: 986 2060 6174
Passcode: 296753

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