“As a 21 Century grant holder for the last several years, I feel this decision to arbitrarily not award any new grants in FY18 is reprehensible and irresponsible. If this was indeed going to happen, we should have been notified at the beginning of the year for those grants in their last year so that we could carry over funds until people come to their senses. It strikes me as odd that the state can carry over funds but we, on the other hand, cannot. Families all over the state of Ohio will be negatively impacted in a significant way, especially those in rural areas that do not have rec centers, YMCA’s or any other type of after school programming. I urge you to over turn this decision and allow us to competitively submit our proposals so that the best and brightest sites can continue to shine.”

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