The City of Columbus’ My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) grant program is a resource for organizations that work with boys and young men of color. The funding opportunity is designed to help organizations enhance their infrastructure by building system capacity and implementing programming to address disparities in the four MBK vulnerability areas of Education, Economics, Health, and Safety. Organizations that receive funding through the MBK grant program have a proven track record of working with youth of color and have prioritized collaboration with other organizations. A total of $100,000 has been earmarked for the MBK grant program.

City of Columbus MBK 2018 Grantees: 

The Rickenbacker Woods Foundation

The Rickenbacker Woods Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to “inspire young people to explore and honor the contributions of Captain Eddie Rickenbacker and Granville T. Woods through the vehicle of science and technology; while on the road to self-awareness, innovative problem – solving competence and societal progress through inclusion and mentorship.”


The Columbus Urban League

The Columbus Urban League (CUL) is a community‐based, non‐profit, advocacy organization. Founded in 1918, the CUL is an affiliate of the National Urban League. CUL stands as one of the largest and most prestigious community‐based organizations in Central Ohio. Ranked in the top 5% of the 88-affiliate network of the Urban League movement nationally, CUL is one of the oldest organizations in the United States promoting equal and equitable access to resources.


The Maroon Arts Group

The Maroon Arts Group (MAG) is a collective of creatives who have galvanized to develop and provide a platform for conscious art centered around the preservation and promotion of cultures of African descent. In efforts to continue its mission, MAG continues to provide a platform for conscious art with its monthly “open mic” sessions, ROOTS: An Open Expression of Identity and with its new endeavor Movement Pursuing Arts, Commerce & Community (MPACC).


Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS)

Community Refugee & Immigration Services (CRIS) is an independent non-profit organization that serves the growing refugee and immigrant populations in Central Ohio. CRIS has over 60 staff members that hail from more than 15 countries with many languages represented. CRIS is a refugee resettlement agency, meaning that they have a contract with the Department of State to directly receive and place refugees in our community. In partnership with Church World Service CRIS has resettled individuals and families from all over the world.


Central Community House

Central Community House is a source of support and a community home for the children, families and seniors living in the near east and near south areas of Columbus. Central community house strives to engage youth from the neighborhood in positive, healthy, personal development activities, to offer resources that strengthen families and to provide older adults with services and social interaction to aid in their living independently. Programs that are provided include education, child care, afterschool/summer programs, Transit Arts/teen development, Senior Program, community organizing and advocacy, family strengthening, social work services, basic/emergency materials assistance and workforce development.


The Ohio State University Extension

Ohio State University Extension fulfills the land-grant mission of The Ohio State University by interpreting knowledge and research developed by Extension and other faculty and staff at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State main campus, and other land-grant universities. The Extension system is the world’s largest non-formal educational system. Extension’s hallmark is programming delivered by professionals to address the needs of the local community while also addressing state, national, and global issues. No matter which county you visit, you can find people who are helped by the four major OSU Extension program areas: family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, community development, and agriculture and natural resources.

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My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Village.