Foundation Board Approves Latest Grants
The Board of Directors of The Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County recently voted to approve $518,633 in 28 grants to nonprofit organizations in the fields of arts and culture, civic affairs, education, health and social services.
In social services $191,807 in 12 grants was distributed to organizations providing services to those in need, youth, and for the prevention and treatment of substance abuse. A grant of $45,000 to Catholic Charities Services of Lorain County will allow the agency to provide a hot meal for families along with classes in parenting and activities for children. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County received a grant of $20,000 for general operating support, and Second Harvest Foodbank received $20,000 to increase capacity in the hunger network. Other agencies receiving grants in this area include: Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County, Community Impact Organization, Cornerstone Pregnancy Services, Heart of Ohio Council of Boy Scouts, Lorain U.M.A.D.O.P, Oberlin Early Childhood Center, Salvation Army of Elyria, Save Our Children, and YWCA of Vermilion.
Over $80,000 was awarded in support of 4 organizations providing programs in the area of civic affairs. Leadership Lorain County, an initiative of the Community Community Foundation grants, continued Foundation 20 years ago, received $15,000 for general operations. Lorain County Habitat for Humanity will be able to hire a Construction Coordinator with its grant of $25,000, and the Lorain County Urban League received $35,000 for general operations. Cleveland Restoration Society received $5,000 for a preservation research center.
Six organizations providing programs in the area of arts and culture received grants totaling $72,340. Black River Historical Society received a grant of $4,140 to produce a video on the history of Lorain, while Great Lakes Theater Festival received a grant of $17,200 for a school residency program in Lorain County schools. Other agencies receiving grants include Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, Oberlin Historical & Improvement Organization, Oberlin Choristers, and Ohio Dance Theatre.
Over $90,000 was granted to three organizations in the area of education. The Center for Leadership in Education will use its $50,000 grant for both general operations and support of its Universal Design for Learning program, while Elyria City Schools received $27,198 for a community collaboration program. Lorain Public Library received a grant of $13,288 to continue its Project LITE one-on-one tutoring program.
In the area of health, three agencies received grants totaling $84,000. The Elyria City Health Department will utilize its $20,000 grant for a woman’s health program, and Family Planning Services of Lorain County received a grant of $24,000 towards the salary of its medical director. Our Lady of the Wayside, Inc. also received a grant of $40,000 to bolster its medical and healthcare programs.
The Community Foundation has awarded over $38 million in grants and scholarships to local organizations and students since 1980, thanks to the support of thousands of donors. To find out how you can help with a cause you care about, call us at (440) 277-0142 or (440) 323-4445.