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Community Foundation of Lorain County Awards $810,767 in Grants


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

Oberlin College
      Apollo Outreach Initiative ‑ $10,000

Oberlin Heritage Center/O.H.I.O.
      General Operating Support ‑ $25,000

Civic Affairs ‑ $63,095

Heritage Ohio
      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 College
      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

Blessing House
      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

Youth Challenge
      Adapted Sports and Recreational Programs for Children with Physical Disabilities ‑ $20,000

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