Community Foundation Awards $894K in Grants
September 25, 2023
The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $894,931 at the September board meeting. This total includes 22 responsive grants and 57 donor advised fund grants.
“A vast majority of our responsive grantmaking is focused on the priorities the community shared with us as being important,” said Brian Treece, President & CEO of the Foundation. “We are proud to partner with local nonprofit organizations and donors to help improve the quality of life for all in Hancock County.”
Responsive grants are awarded to organizations 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:
- 50 North was awarded $17,000 for activities for those ages 50+ in September-December 2023 as part of the Fun for All series of free community events.
- Black Heritage Library and Multicultural Center was awarded $4,058 for a strategic planning process.
- City of Findlay was awarded $8,700 to purchase critical equipment for the Fire Department.
- The Community Foundation was awarded $126,000 Organizational Strengthening to support local nonprofit organizations in 2024, including a learning series, cohorts, one-on-one coaching, certificate options and individual professional development funds.
- Cory Rawson Local Schools was awarded $1,000 for Leader in Me materials.
- Findlay Family YMCA was awarded $3,000 for free admission days at Riverside Pool as part of the Fun for All series of free community events in the summer of 2023.
- Findlay-Hancock County Alliance Foundation was awarded $5,000 to sponsor Independence Day fireworks at the fairgrounds as part of the Fun for All series of free community events.
- Gliding Stars of Findlay was awarded $4,650 to support a strategic planning process.
- Greater Ohio Policy Center was awarded $1,650 for local housing coalition members to join the housing learning exchange.
- Hancock County Agricultural Society was awarded $3,450 to sponsor the Kids Zone at the Independence Day celebration at the fairgrounds as part of the Fun for All series of free community events.
- Hancock Park District was awarded two grants:
- $310 for sponsoring free boat and kayak rental as part of the Fun for All series of free community events.
- $35,000 for Litzenberg Memorial Woods improvements.
- Hancock Regional Planning Commission was awarded $14,000 to contract for an updated housing study.
- OnTarget Outfitters was awarded $25,000 as a matching grant for the community room in OnTarget’s new facility.
- University of Findlay was awarded $8,844 for a collaborative environmental event with author Doug Tallamy in the spring of 2024.
- Village of Arlington was awarded $675 for free admission days at Arlington Pool as part of the Fun for All series of free community events in the summer of 2023.
- Village of McComb was awarded two grants:
- $975 for free admission days at McComb Pool as part of the Fun for All series of free community events in the summer of 2023.
- $1,030 to assist with Heart & Soul action plan items.
- Village of Mt. Blanchard was awarded three grants:
- $870 for free admission days at Mt. Blanchard Pool as part of the Fun for All series of free community events in the summer of 2023.
- $663 to assist with Heart & Soul action plan items.
- $130,000 to develop Hurricane Park.
Donor Advised Grants
Donor Advised funds are established by individuals, families or corporations to recommend grants to nonprofits they’re passionate about. The nonprofits are vetted by the Foundation and grants are awarded. The following donor advised grants were awarded:
- 57 grants to 44 organizations totaling $353,056.