Community Foundation Awards $392,955 in Grants

September 21, 2016

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $392,955 at the September board meeting. This total includes five competitive grants totaling $290,310, four president’s discretionary grants totaling $10,720 and 25 donor advised grants totaling $91,925.

Competitive Grants

Competitive 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 competitive grants comes from common good and field of interest funds established by donors at The Community Foundation. Common good funds allow the Foundation’s Board of Trustees to direct the funds where they are most needed. Field of interest funds are granted in the donor’s chosen area of interest, such as health, education or the arts.

The following five competitive grants totaling $290,310 were approved by the Board of Trustees at their September meeting.

  • Focus on Friends was awarded a one-year, $3,500 grant to support training FOF staff on the Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) methodology.
  • Hancock Properties Foundation was awarded a one-year, $4,000 grant to purchase a new copy machine for The Family Center.
  • Hancock Regional Planning Commission was awarded a one-year, $10,500 grant to assist with the planning process for the redevelopment of Dorney Plaza.
  • The Community Foundation was awarded a one-year grant up to $90,200 to continue nonprofit capacity building to help organizations effectively achieve their missions. This includes group workshops and 1:1 coaching sessions with local, regional and national experts.
  • The Community Foundation was awarded a two-year grant up to $182,110 to expand the Community Heart & Soul™ process to a second Hancock County town, village or region. Heart & Soul is a barn-raising approach to community planning, which translates personal connections to blueprints for the future.

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. Usually these grants do not exceed $5,000 and are typically smaller in size. The following four discretionary grants totaling $10,720 were approved by the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

  • American College was awarded a grant for up to $2,500 for five scholarships for local professional advisors to help cover costs for the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy courses.
  • City of Findlay was awarded a $2,500 for the 2017 NeighborWoods program.
  • Hancock Regional Planning Commission was awarded a $5,000 grant to assist with the planning phase of the redevelopment of Dorney Plaza.
  • Rawson Proud was awarded a $720 grant for 12 Rawson Proud banner to be displayed in the village.

Donor Advised Grants

25 grants totaling $91,925

  • Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County – $500 general support
  • Blanchard Valley Health Foundation – $250 Miracle League of Findlay
  • Blanchard Valley Health Foundation – $250 Miracle League of Findlay
  • Boys Scouts of America – $250 Friends of Scouting support
  • Carey Exempted Village Schools – $10,000 studio piano
  • Carey Exempted Village Schools – $2,000 DECCA competitions and fieldtrips
  • Carey Exempted Village Schools – $2,000 FFA Carey Chapter
  • Carey Historical Society – $3,000 new doors and frames for the museum
  • Carteret Health Care Foundation – $25,000 general support
  • Children’s Museum of Findlay – $381 general support
  • Christ Lutheran Church – $4,000 painting of church
  • Clothe-A-Child – $500 general support
  • College First Church of God – $1,000 general support
  • Flag City Honor Flight – $381 general support
  • Hancock County Performing Arts Center – $25,000 general support
  • Hancock Historical Museum – $1,000 Heritage Society support
  • Indiana Wesleyan University – $500 Ross Hoffman endowment for IWU basketball
  • Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation – $2,500 Directors Club general support
  • Andrew’s United Methodist Church – $1,000 general support
  • The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation – $1,946 Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy Program
  • Toledo Orchestra Association – $4,717 Findlay City Schools pilot program
  • United Way of Hancock County – $1,000 general support
  • University of Findlay – $4,000 Different but the Same program support
  • YMCA of Findlay – $500 general support
  • YMCA of Findlay – $250 for annual campaign fund