Heart & Soul

The Community Foundation is pleased to partner with Community Heart & Soul to bring the process to Hancock County.

Community Heart & Soul is an approach to community development and planning created by the Orton Family Foundation that increases participation in local decision-making and invites residents to shape the future of their communities based on what matters most to them.

Round 3 - Coming in 2022!

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation is pleased to announce we are opening the application process for the third Heart & Soul community in Hancock County!

Community Heart & Soul is a resident-driven process that engages the entire population to identify what they love most about their community, what future they want for it and how to achieve it. So far, The Community Foundation has supported two of these projects in McComb and Mt. Blanchard.

In order to apply, each interested community should meet with Foundation Community Engagement Officer Cassie Turner to gauge readiness and review the application process.

Applications are due April 1, 2022 with the goal of launching in June 2022.

Mt. Blanchard Heart & Soul

The Village of Mt. Blanchard was The Community Foundation's second Heart & Soul Community.

Mt. Blanchard was awarded a $182,000 grant in 2016 to implement the Heart & Soul process. In two years, the community united around the project and created an action plan that will guide the village's decisions for years to come.

McComb Region Heart & Soul

Through a $136,000 grant, our first Heart & Soul town was announced in 2015 as the Village of McComb. The Foundation continues to work with the McComb team to update the community plan and ensure the Heart & Soul principles are a part of McComb's future.