neighborhood-leadership-academyThe NLA was formed in 2012 and is sponsored by United Way and Fifth Third Bank, and Donatos. The program provides valuable training to central Ohio current and emerging community leaders in the areas of advocacy, consensus building, effective collaboration and communication skills. For more information, contact Sharon L. Ware, 614.241.3071,



Central Ohio Neighborhood Leadership Academy

The Central Neighborhood Leadership Academy curriculum has now evolved into a supportive master program
of leadership development in the areas of strategic planning designs, impactful restorative communications and collaboration skills. The program is a commitment of eight Saturday sessions, February through April 2019.

This innovative cycle welcomes new and emerging leaders as well as alumni from previous NLA programs.

The deadline to apply for the Central Ohio Neighborhood Leadership Academy is January 25, 2019.

To apply online, click here. 

Or download the pdf version here.

For more information, contact Sharon L. Ware, 614.241.3071,


South Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy

United Way is proud to have launched this second Neighborhood Leadership initiative designed for Columbus South Side neighborhoods. Following the tenets of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy, the South Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy seeks to engage local South Side residents in leadership development, community engagement and collaboration skills building.

The South Side NLA requires a commitment of approximately 40 in-class hours (10 leadership sessions) over a period of seven (7) months (May through November), and additional work pursuing a community-based, team project designed to propel transformative change in your neighborhood.

Following review of the written application, qualified applicants will be invited to an in-person interview/orientation session on April 6, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Residences at Career Gateway (747 E. Whittier).

Subsequent classes meet on Saturday mornings (10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., lunch provided) and attendance is required (with project funding contingent of full participation).

The deadline to apply for the Cycle 2 SSNLA is March 8, 2019.

To apply online, click here.

Or download the pdf version here.

For additional information, contact Katelin Hansen, 614.954.2427 or


Near East Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy

With an emphasis on Columbus’ Near East Side, this unique leadership program is designed to equip residents with the knowledge and tools to become agents of change. Participants will aspire to make a positive impact in their neighborhoods by building upon existing assets of their community.

Learning opportunities will be designed such that participants benefit from a good balance of traditional, classroom-based learning with highly-engaging experiential learning opportunities including community tours and field trips.


The Neighborhood Partnership Grant (NPG) Program offers competitive grants that aim to improve the quality of neighborhood life in Franklin County. Grants are available for neighborhood-driven collaborative projects located in Franklin County. The program accepts requests up to $10,000.

  • 2019 Neighborhood Partnership Grants – for complete instructions CLICK HERE
  • Direct link to the 2019 NPG online application CLICK HERE

2019 Neighborhood Partnership Grant Information Sessions:

(To register, go to EventBrite:

Tuesday, February 19; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
United Way of Central Ohio, 360 S. Third Street, 43215

Thursday, February 21; 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Linden Library, 2223 Cleveland Avenue

Tuesday, February 26; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Reeb Avenue Center, 280 Reeb Avenue
(Free dinner night)

For questions, please contact Tina Starner at 614.227.2707 or

  • Final Reporting Form: To report your results for grants already approved for 2018 CLICK HERE



  • Grant Proposal Writing “How to Get Your Project Funded”

United Way of Central Ohio’s Neighborhood Partnership Center is offering Grant Writing class for community and non-profit organizations. Participants will learn the process for identifying proper foundations, elements of a grant proposal and organizational tools for success! Please join us, where you will learn to get your funding wishes granted!


Upcoming Dates:
February 21
March 21
April 18
May 16
June 20
July 18

For additional information, contact Sharon L. Ware, Assistant Impact Director, Neighborhood Partnership Center, at or call at 614.241.3071.

Every year the Neighborhood Partnership Center, in conjunction with the city of Columbus, puts together a community led conference. The Neighborhood Best Practices Conference began in 2010 and offers opportunities for community groups to share their success and collaborate on a wide variety of obstacles plaguing communities today.

Over 250 residents, advocates and community leaders joined by a keynote speaker, present various workshops led by community based organizations and share ways to tackle youth violence, beautification/gardening, how to merge various races/religions with your effort, impact crime, understand police and fire services, youth involvement within a community, utilize technology to fight crime and understand resources.

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