Foundation Board Approves $823,623 in Grants
LORAIN, OHIO December 22, 2005 – Christmas came early for thirty-seven local nonprofit organizations which received over $823,000 in grants from The Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County last Wednesday. “With the Board of Directors’ approval of these grants, it brings the total that The Community Foundation has given to Lorain County nonprofits to over $40 million since our inception in 1980,” said Brian Frederick, Foundation President and CEO. “Many of these agencies are seeing an increased need for services, just as they did back in the early 1980’s, and this Foundation’s purpose is to be here forever supporting our nonprofit partners.”
The Community Foundation awards competitive grants in five areas: Arts and Culture, Education, Health, Civic Affairs, and Social Services. Any nonprofit organization that services Lorain County residents may apply. Visit this page for more information: Applying for a Grant
Over $94,000 was distributed in the area of Arts & Culture. The Firelands Symphony Orchestra received a grant of $25,000 for its 2006-2007 season in Lorain County, while Young Audiences of Greater Cleveland received $16,900 for its programs in Lorain County schools. Other agencies receiving grants in the area of Arts & Culture include: Firelands Association for the Visual Arts ($15,000 for general operating support); The MAD Factory ($15,000 for Theatre-based arts programming); Cleveland Opera ($12,000 for Music!Words!Opera! program in Lorain County Schools); and Lorain County Historical Society ($11,000 for Community Education Outreach).
Over $48,000 was distributed to agencies in the area of Education including $20,000 to Junior Achievement of Lorain County for general operating support. The National Inventors Hall of Fame received $16,000 for Camp Invention, and the Cleveland Institute of Art received a grant of $10,000 for scholarships for Lorain County students. Finally, the Scholastic Games received $2,500 for its 2006 Radio Quiz Program. The
Community Health Partners Foundation received a grant of $42,000 for its Rural Parish Nurse Program in the area of Health. Agencies also receiving Health grants include: Lorain County Free Clinic ($28,000 for prescription drugs); Alzheimer’s Association ($11,578 for Lorain County Community Education); American Red Cross ($10,000 for Disaster Direct Assistance); and the Lorain City Health Department ($9,325 for immunizations for children).
The Foundation approved over $350,000 in grants in the area of Civic Affairs with $250,000 over two years as a partial challenge grant going to Common Ground for general operating support. South Elyria Neighborhood Development Corporation and Direct Action for Central Lorain Community Development Corporation each received grants of $20,000, and Main Street Wellington received $20,000 over two years for its Main Street program. The Vietnam Veterans of Lorain County received a grant of $5,000, Ideastream received $10,000 for programming, and Town Hall of Cleveland received $10,000 for student scholarships, all in the area of Civic Affairs. The Foundation also supported the City of Elyria’s Elyria 2015 project with a $5,000 grant, and $5,000 also went to Lorain County Community College for the Sacred Landmarks Initiative. The final two grants in the area of Civic Affairs are to New Sunrise Properties in the amount of $3,000 for Adult Computer Literacy and to Oasis Animal Shelter in the amount of $2,500 for medical care for animals.
Neighborhood House Association received $55,000 for the Haven Center and for administrative support in the area of Social Services. Other agencies receiving Social Service Grants include: Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County ($35,000 for general operating support); El Centro de Servicios Sociales ($25,000 with $5,000 as a challenge grant for general operating support); Child Care Resource Center ($22,512 to operate a food pantry); The W.G. Nord Center ($21,150 for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program Awareness Campaign); Conflict Resolution Center of the West Shore ($20,000 for the Resources for Peace and Violence Program); Pathways Counseling and Growth Center ($20,000 with $5,000 as a challenge grant for project expansion); Horizon Activities Center ($15,000 for a Lorain County Early Learning Consortium); Youth Challenge ($5,000 for Lorain County program enhancement); Linden School ($11,158 for capital improvement); and Ronald McDonald House ($5,000 for room sponsorship).
The Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County is our community’s permanent endowment of over $70 million in assets. The Foundation relies on donors and corporations in the community to build additional assets and make grants. For information on becoming a donor, please call (440) 277-0142 or (440) 323-4445 or visit this page Becoming a Donor