Community Foundation Awards $1.4 Million in Grants

November 24, 2020

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $1,464,131 at the November board meeting. This total includes 12 responsive grants, two president’s discretionary grants and 36 donor advised fund grants.

Responsive Grants

Responsive grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that seek to meet community needs and match the goals, objectives and priorities of The Community Foundation. Grantseekers must submit a written grant proposal for consideration. Applications are reviewed four times per year.

Funding for responsive grants comes from our Community’s Endowment, made up of Funds for the Common Good and Field of Interest Funds established by donors at The Community Foundation. The following responsive grants were approved by the Board of Trustees, made possible by our Community’s Endowment:

  • Boy Scouts was awarded $201 for fishing equipment for Camp Berry.
  • Cancer Patient Services was awarded $5,516 to support local cancer patients.
  • Habitat for Humanity was awarded $250,000 to establish a Financial Opportunity Center.
  • Hancock County ADAMHS was awarded $15,000 for a strategic planning process for the Cultural Humility-Health Equity Delegation.
  • Hancock Public Health was awarded $795 to support the Prevent T2 health initiative.
  • Mt. Blanchard was awarded $463 to support Heart & Soul projects.
  • NAMI of Hancock County was awarded $3,724 for local mental health support services.
  • The Community Foundation was awarded three grants to support nonprofits in 2021. These dollars are directly invested back into the community through Foundation programs:
    • $66,250 to continue the Advocacy Initiative to help nonprofits secure federal, state and local funding.
    • $166,145 to replenish the Community Emergency Support Fund to continue to respond to emerging needs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
    • $550,000 for debt service for The Family Center.
    • $98,000 for the Organizational Strengthening program to support local nonprofits.
    • $12,000 for a Strategic Partnerships Training with LaPiana for staff and local nonprofits.

President’s Discretionary Grants

Discretionary grants fund urgent or special requests that are outside of The Community Foundation’s various grant cycles. The President of The Community Foundation is allocated an amount each year. These grants typically do not individually exceed $5,000. The following discretionary grant was approved by The Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

  • Habitat for Humanity was awarded $4,450 for its critical home repair program.
  • Marathon Center for the Performing Arts was awarded $3,050 for its Youtheatre program.

Donor Advised Grants

  • 36 grants to 30 organizations totaling $288,537. For a list of the donor advised grants and amounts, please contact the Foundation.