Foundation Awards $450K in Grants

July 29, 2022

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $453,425 at the July board meeting. This total includes seven responsive grants, two president’s discretionary grants and 57 donor advised fund grants.

These grants represent progress on our mission to improve the quality of life for all in the community,” said Brian Treece, President & CEO of the Foundation. “Each dollar will impact someone’s life, just like the $70 million we’ve awarded historically in our 30 years. All this work is made possible by those in our community who gave to the Foundation.”

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:

  • Cancer Patient Services was awarded a $1,119 grant for yoga training for staff to instruct local cancer patients.
  • Hancock County Veterans Service Office was awarded a $23,900 grant to install a storywalk along Heritage Trail with information on Hancock County’s contributions to military campaigns, as well as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) initiative to connect at-risk veterans with community services.
  • Hancock Properties Foundation was awarded a grant for up to $166,000 for capital projects at The Family Center, including parking lot resurfacing and air handlers.
  • HHWP Community Action Commission was awarded $8,608 to support improvements to the WIC office at The Family Center for improved safety and confidentiality.
  • Marathon Center for the Performing Arts was awarded a $4,000 grant to bring actress and author Sheetal Sheth to the community for various events.
  • Village of McComb was awarded a $988 grant to assist with implementation of Heart & Soul projects in the village.
  • Village of Mt. Blanchard was awarded $10,200 to install decorative streetlights in the business district of the village.

President’s Discretionary Grants
President’s 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 grants were awarded:

  • Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County was awarded $1,750 to support clients of local housing agencies with furniture purchases at Habitat’s ReStore.
  • Hancock Leadership Class of 2022 was awarded $2,000 to support the You Belong campaign, the class project.

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 39 organizations totaling $234,860.