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BEAUTIFYING COLUMBUS.
BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER.

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Osborn Plaza by Youth of BCJC, Youth Design Center , N Carlos Jay

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

614 Beautiful seeks to beautify communities through vibrant, neighborhood-driven solutions that address issues of equity and enable greater connectivity within the neighborhood.

 

In addition to activating spaces and creating places, the program aims to encourage dialogue amongst neighbors, local businesses, and organizations, and promote creativity and ingenuity in strategies that support all within Columbus.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Project ideas/implementation must be community driven, meaning, applicants must be teams of  residents and/or local organizations. Additionally, as ideas are implemented with neighborhood buy-in, project volunteers must come from the community.

TYPES OF IMPROVEMENTS

  • Pocket Parks

  • Landscape Enhancements

  • Right-of-Way Improvements (i.e. sidewalk activation, transit oriented improvements)

  • Placemaking Signage

  • Public Art (i.e. murals, banners, sculptures)

ELIGIBLE LOCATIONS

  • Located in the City of Columbus Corporation limits, preferably in an opportunity neighborhood.

  • In publicly accessible locations, to accommodate a variety of users.

FUNDING SUPPORT

  • Grants of up to $15,000* are available to eligible projects.

  • While matching funds are not required, additional support to maximize impact are encouraged.

*Proposals may be granted less than requested at the discretion of the jury

DATES TO KNOW

  • Program Launch | September 7, 2023

  • Q&A Period | September 7 – October 2, 2023

  • Program Information Session (All are virtual)*

    • September 13, 2023 (6-7 PM)

    • September 23, 2023 (10-11 AM)

    • September 26, 2023 (12-1 PM)

  • Submissions Due | October 20, 2023 (by 5:00 PM)

  • Jury Review |  Late October 2023

  • Award Announcement | November 15, 2023

  • Permitting, Approval, & Planning Period | December 2023-February 2024

  • Implementation Period | Spring + Summer 2024

  • Community Unveiling | Summer + Fall 2024

VIRTUAL INFO SESSIONS

Thank you to all who were able to attend our 2023 Info Sessions. You can find the recordings and connect with our guest presenters by clicking the button below. 

HOW TO GET STARTED

Have an idea that will beautify and bring your community together? Great ideas don't need a timeline, so here are a few ways you can begin planning your project.

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MAKE COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Engage in conversations with neighbors and community organizations about an idea.

START TO BUDGET FOR

YOUR PROJECT

Start compiling a list of items for improvements to understand costs of your project.

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LOOK INTO LOGISTICS

Some projects will require approval from local government or property owners. Learn more with a preliminary review.

WE'RE HERE TO HELP

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