The Community Foundation Announces Second Heart & Soul Project in Hancock County

November 18, 2016

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation is proud to announce it is now accepting applications for its second Community Heart & Soul™ project.

The Community Foundation partnered with the Orton Family Foundation in 2015 to bring the Heart & Soul process to Hancock County with the McComb Region. In September, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees agreed to continue the partnership with Orton for a second project with the approval of a two-year grant up to $182,110. Total anticipated project costs are $375,550.

“We’ve seen great strides in McComb with promising long-term results,” said Katherine Kreuchauf, President of The Community Foundation. “Bringing the Heart & Soul process to another town opens doors for a new group of people.”

Community Heart & Soul is the Orton Family Foundation’s signature approach to community planning and development. Tested in a dozen small towns and developed over more than a decade, Community Heart & Soul is a proven method that helps communities work together towards a vibrant and resilient future rooted in what matters most to the people who live there.

“The Orton Family Foundation is delighted to once again partner with The Community Foundation to benefit another Hancock County community,” said David Leckey, executive director of Orton Family Foundation. “The partnership provides a solid base for the transformation that happens when residents actively participate in discovering their common cause and make decisions guided by what matters most to their community.” 

To begin the process and start an application, contact Program Director Brian Treece at or (419) 425-1100. Applications are due February 1, 2017.