Foundation Awards $897K in Grants

September 29, 2022

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $897,761 at the September board meeting. This total includes seven responsive grants, two president’s discretionary grants and 50 donor advised fund grants.

These grants are another example of our Foundation addressing important needs in our community,” said Brian Treece, President & CEO of the Foundation. “Every dollar will help us on our mission to improve the quality of life for all in the community, just like the $70 million we’ve awarded in our 30-year history. We wouldn’t be able to accomplish this work without the support of our community partners and generous donors.

Responsive Grants
Responsive grants are awarded to 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:

  • 50 North was awarded a $7,500 grant for human resources support.
  • City of Findlay was awarded a $15,000 grant to for a Martin Luther King, Jr. mural on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Overpass in downtown Findlay.
  • Findlay City Schools was awarded a $100,000 grant to assist with the implementation of the SafeDefend™ active shooter protection system.
  • Marathon Center for the Performing Arts was awarded a $3,750 for strategic planning.
  • The Community Foundation was awarded three grants for programs to support local nonprofits:
    • $140,000 for two years of advocacy consulting, including a cohort, trainings and programs, relationship building with representatives, and advocacy services to identify and secure government funding for local nonprofits.
    • $104,000 toward The Family Center building loan.
    • $121,000 for Organizational Strengthening in 2023, including a learning series, cohorts, one-on-one coaching, certificate options and individual professional development funds.

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:

  • Gliding Stars of Findlay was awarded $2,156 to support the local Gliding Stars organization in establishing an independent nonprofit separate from the national organization.
  • Village of Jenera was awarded $1,000 for marketing and event materials for the 2022 Fall Fest.

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:

  • 50 grants to 40 organizations totaling $403,355.