Community Foundation Awards $595,000 in Grants

May 25, 2018

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $595,968 at the February board meeting. This total includes four competitive grant totaling $471,155, four president’s discretionary grants totaling $8,945, and 59 donor advised fund grants totaling $115,868.

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 Funds for the Common Good and Field of Interest funds established by donors at The Community Foundation. Funds for the Common Good 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 competitive grant was approved by the Board of Trustees, made possible by the Common Good and Field of Interest Funds of The Community Foundation:

  • City Mission of Findlay was awarded a one-year, $30,385 grant to support additional security measures such as a walk-thru security scanner, badge-making equipment, and more.
  • Findlay City Schools and Hancock County Educational Service Center were awarded three-year grants for $275,000 and $115,770 respectively to continue to expand the availability of preschool to local families with financial need.
  • Hancock Properties Foundation was awarded a one-year grant for up to $35,000 to renovate the data and technology space that supports agencies at The Family Center.
  • Hancock Public Health was awarded a one-year, $15,000 grant to support the 2018 Hancock County Community Health Assessment.


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 do not individually exceed $5,000. The following four discretionary grants totaling $8,945 were approved by The Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

  • American College was awarded $2,445 in scholarships for local professional advisors to participate in the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® Program.
  • American Red Cross North Central Ohio Chapter was awarded $3,500 to support the purchase of a SmartBoard for trainings, strategic planning and education.
  • Community Gardens of Hancock County was awarded $2,500 to improve water flow at the Community Gardens by installing new meters, hoses and hydrants.
  • Findlay Ministerial Association was awarded $500 to support the 2018 Backyard Mission Trip.


59 grants to 30 organizations totaling $115,868. For a list of the donor advised grants and amounts, please contact the Foundation.