For more than 10 years, Ohio Capital Impact Corporation (OCIC) has provided philanthropic support to organizations, and strategies that enable residents of affordable housing to expand opportunities and improve their life outcomes. OCIC’s grants and programs focus on removing barriers, expanding education, and engaging in social good for the betterment and sustainability of our communities.
Granted to core programs and partners initiatives in 2022 including:
• Summer camps for youth
• Conference sponsorships
• Other partner and resident-centered support
• Raised since 2012
• With >$16M raised from Impact Investors
• Including $1.7M from Impact Investors in 2022
At OCIC, the Summer Camp Fund is the largest and longest-standing grant program. It provides youth residents with unique ways to learn, explore, play, and grow, both academically and socially through an engaging educational curriculum. OCIC is proud to support summer camp programs that improve healthy lifestyle behaviors, such as increasing nutrition and physical activity, self and social-awareness, relationship skills, decision-making, and teamwork building skills. Summer camp opens pathways for students’ future aspirations by developing positive skills and gaining access to community resources and education.
In 2022, OCIC’s Summer Camp Fund made significant program expansion and growth, through the following:
• Funded over $650,000 in summer camp grant awards at 43 summer camp locations.
• Supported 17 key developer partners throughout Ohio and Kentucky.
• Served 626 students through summer camp and 269 families through summer pool pass programs.
• Formed new partnerships with local service providers and businesses including three Minority Business Entities (MBE’s).
• Increased engagement and enrollment with new families and students.
• Increased student enrollment in summer camp back to pre-covid enrollment numbers or higher.
• Saw significant parent/caregiver satisfaction with summer camp programs.
• Conducted six site visits at summer camp locations with OCIC impact investors.
The Jerry Grier Scholarship Program helps reduce barriers for students in our affordable housing communities by providing financial and supportive services, often needed when pursuing higher education. Currently in its eighth academic year, the program has reached more than 100 students, with over $1.5M awarded in tuition and merit-based scholarships.
For the 2022-2023 school year:
• $160,000 given in total awards.
Former scholarship recipient, Tallia Cuttino received her private pilot’s license in the summer of 2022. Recently, she presented her story of perseverance as a resident and single parent at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Kit Carson Commons Scholar House, attendees included Kentucky’s Governor Andy Beshear and Congressman Andy Barr.
OCIC continues to recognize the importance of partners and the steadfast support and resources they provide to strengthen and empower our communities. Here are some of the ways OCCH supported partners in 2022: