The Hispanic Fund is committed to improving and promoting socioeconomic and educational opportunities within the Hispanic Community. A volunteer Advisory Board encourages giving to establish new, and grow existing, endowment funds to support annual grants and scholarships that fulfill the mission.
The Hispanic Fund began in 1986 with a gift from Dr. and Mrs. Carlos Padilla in memory of a noted Hispanic physician, Dr. Jose Rivera. Several years later, leaders from the Hispanic community and staff from the Community Foundation created the Hispanic Fund to encourage ongoing giving to benefit the Hispanic population of Lorain County.
During the 1990s and until his death in 2002, Frank Jacinto often called the grandfather of the Hispanic community, lead the Hispanic Fund Advisory Board. Mr. Jacinto established the first sub-fund of the Hispanic Fund in his name in 1995. In 2002, the Hispanic Fund began providing two Frank Jacinto scholarships per year to Hispanic students in the Lorain School District. The Hispanic-Latino Scholarship Fund was established in 2007 to ensure that scholarships to Hispanic students would sustain over time.
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Making an impact in Lorain County
Board members of the Hispanic Fund are active members, supporters, and advocates for the Latino community in Lorain County. Watch this short video to see our impact and to learn how you can become involved.
Hispanic Fund Grant Program
The online application opens April 30.
Application Deadline: May 31
Board Decision: August
The Hispanic Fund grant program provides funding to non-profit organizations and community members whose projects provide or work to improve:
- Citizen empowerment within the Hispanic Community
- Neighborhood revitalization or environmental issues within the Hispanic Community
- Public safety, education and prevention of crime/violence within the Hispanic Community
- Collaborative solutions or new approaches to a problem that exists within the Hispanic Community
- Projects/programs that address the root causes of social ills within the Hispanic Community
- Projects/programs that positively affect Hispanic educational achievement in public or higher education
Hispanic Fund Board
- Eileen Torres, President
- Martin Leibas, Vice President
- Robert Garcia, Treasurer
- Amy Maliza, Secretary
- Eddie Bauza
- Selena Candelario
- Monica Flores-Lorenz
- Achilles Morales
- Raquel Pacheco
- Carol Rezaian
- Rachel Ocasio, Staff Liaison
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