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Community Foundation of Lorain County Announces $810,767 in Grants
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Elyria, OH, December 21, 2015‑ The Community Foundation of Lorain County has announced grants totaling $810,767 in support of 35 projects around the county that will contribute to numerous programs and services benefiting Lorain County residents.
General, competitive grants ranging from $2,650 to $70,000 were awarded in support of projects in five program areas: Arts and Culture, Civic Affairs, Education, Health, and Social Services.
The largest grant, $70,000, was awarded to Blessing House for general operating support and the purchase of a full-size van with features necessary to transport children with special needs. Since 2005, Blessing House (BH) has provided crisis care for children up to 12 years of age, while their families dealt with emergencies.
Recipients include Invent Now, Inc. which was awarded a $49,900 for two 2016 Camp Invention programs in Lorain County serving a total of 220 students at Clearview Schools and Elyria City Schools. Camp Invention is a weeklong science and math enrichment summer program for children in grades 1 – 6. The Community Foundation has supported Camp Invention at Clearview Schools since 2013.
A series of grants were made to help spur economic development in Lorain County’s Main Street communities. Heritage Ohio, Inc. was awarded $8,100 to host a workshop on sponsorship to help Lorain County non-profits work with businesses. Created in 2002, Heritage Ohio is a non-profit organization serving as Ohio's partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Main Street Center, which oversees the trademarked National Main Street Program. Grants from $5,500 to $18,995 were also awarded to Main Street Amherst, Main Street Wellington, and Oberlin Business Partnership to support their continued certification and participation in the National Main Street Program and for travel to trainings, networking meetings, and a three-day conference in Columbus.
Founded in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County is made up of more than 570 endowed Funds valued at approximately $114 million dollars. Assets of the Funds are invested wisely and a percentage of those earnings provides $4.4 million annually in grant support to non-profit organizations in Lorain County.
Grants are awarded to tax-exempt organizations classified as 501(c)(3) charities by the Internal Revenue Service and organizations must be located in or provide services to residents within Lorain County. A complete list of grants awarded follows.
For more information visit the Community Foundation’s website at: www.peoplewhocare.org.
Arts & Culture ‑ $73,550
Baldwin Wallace University
Conservatory Outreach Summer Programs for Lorain County Students ‑ $5,500
Firelands Association for the Visual Arts
General Operating Support ‑ $22,000
Lorain County Historical Society
Community Educational Outreach Part XIV ‑ $11,050
Apollo Outreach Initiative ‑ $10,000
Oberlin Heritage Center/O.H.I.O.
General Operating Support ‑ $25,000
Civic Affairs ‑ $63,095
Revitalization Training ‑ $8,100
Be Well ‑ $10,000
Leadership Lorain County
Leadership Lorain County Internship Program ‑ $15,000
Main Street Amherst
Main Street membership dues ‑ $5,500
Main Street Wellington
General operating support ‑ $18,995
Oberlin Business Partnership
Main Street membership dues ‑ $5,500
Education ‑ $89,550
Educational Service Center of Lorain County
Lorain County Spelling Bee 2015‑16 ‑ $2,650
Invent Now, Inc.
Camp Invention for Clearview and Elyria School Districts ‑ $49,900
Oberlin Food Hub ‑ $25,000 with conditions
RePlay for Kids
Toy Adapting Workshops in Lorain County ‑ $6,100
Scholastic Games of Lorain County
Scholastic Games of Lorain County Radio Quiz ‑ $5,900
Health ‑ $188,000
Children's Developmental Center
Resource Bank ‑ $13,000
Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP)
Independent Living and Employment Services for Lorain County Residents with Disabilities ‑ $35,000
Lorain County Free Clinic
General Operating Support ‑ $50,000
Lorain County General Health District
Car Seat Program ‑ $4,000
Mercy Foundation of Lorain County
Advocating for Improved Health in Lorain County Faith Communities ‑ $55,000
Prevent Blindness Ohio
Vision Care Outreach ‑ $9,000
United Cerebral Palsy Assoc. of Gr Cleveland
Project SEARCH ‑ $5,000
Wellington Exempted Village Schools
Comprehensive School Based Prevention Model ‑ $17,000
Social Services ‑ $396,572
American Red Cross, Lake Erie/Heartland Chapter
Lorain County: Disaster Relief and the Home Fire Prevention Campaign ‑ $15,000
Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services
Senior Assistance Program ‑ $7,500
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, Inc.
General operating support: Challenge Grant ‑ $57,500
Crisis care for children ‑ $70,000
El Centro de Servicios Sociales, Inc.
Adult Supportive Services / El Doraldo Senior Center ‑ $45,000
Heart of Ohio Council, Inc. ‑ Boy Scouts of America
Scoutreach Program ‑ $25,000
Salvation Army Elyria Corps
Emergency Services for Elyria, Grafton, LaGrange, Lorain and Wellington ‑ $55,000
Save Our Children, Inc.
Afterschool and Summer Programs ‑ $28,512
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio
Increasing resources to the hunger network ‑ $60,000
Voices for Children
Volunteer Recruitment and Training ‑ $13,060
Adapted Sports and Recreational Programs for Children with Physical Disabilities ‑ $20,000