The Create Columbus Commission's grant program has gone live and is now taking applications for the direct funding of young-professionals initiatives. As members of the commission discussed withColumbus CEOin July's "Young Professional Payoff"article, this new CCC grant program marks a major shift in the way YP initiatives are funded through the city.

According to the announcement, on July 1Columbus City Council "unanimously voted to send funds for the grants program to the United Way of Central Ohio who will serve as fiscal agent for the commission. In 2013, the commission expects to distribute $50,000 in grants supporting the YP community."

The initial filing period runs through August 31, download applications here.