“The grant couldn’t be more timely,” said OPA President Mark Hersman. “It will enable us to tighten our infrastructure and complete our ekphrastic workshops, followed by another anthology of ekphrastic poems.”
This year’s grant is the largest that OPA has received through the program. Previously, OPA received grants of $500 and $740 in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
“The Community Arts Fund is a unique grantmaking offering that we’re pleased our Governing Committee has made a community priority,” said Dr. Lisa Courtice, Executive Vice President for Community Research and Grants Management at The Columbus Foundation. “The Community Arts Fund is unique in that it supports organizations through operating funds. We’re pleased to see the continued good work of the Ohio Poetry Association, and encourage its continued success and capacity building.”
The application process for the Community Arts Fund program involves two steps. First, the OPA organizational portrait must be updated on the TCF PowerPhilanthropy website. OPA officers gather information and financial data for the previous year to share, along with organizational goals, programming initiatives, and officer profiles.
“The PowerPhilanthropy website is a great way for potential donors to learn more about OPA and how its efforts impact the arts community,” said Chuck Salmons, OPA Vice President. “People can use it to donate to OPA at any time. It’s been very helpful in raising funds, especially during the past Big Give events sponsored by The Columbus Foundation.” To view the OPA portrait on PowerPhilanthropy or to make a donation, click here.
Once the portrait updates have been submitted, the Community Arts Fund grant application can be completed and submitted by the deadline in early February. The application also involves compiling financial and demographic data and describing the forthcoming goals that the OPA has in using a grant.
“The process isn’t necessarily difficult, but it is robust,” said Salmons. “And it helps to have all our ducks in a row, especially financially. Our treasurer Rinda Sansom has done a great job keeping the books.”
The Ohio Poetry Association is extremely grateful to The Columbus Foundation for its continued support. For more information, visit the TCF website at www.columbusfoundation.org.