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African American Community Fund Board Approves $17,500 Grants


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Nine grant awards totaling $17,500 from the African American Community Fund will benefit programs in Lorain County that support home-delivered meals for seniors, tours for college-bound high school students, healthy eating habits and access to healthcare, and more, including a Father-Daughter Dance. 

The African American Community Fund, an Affiliate Fund of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, is a permanent endowment. It’s activities, such as awarding grants and scholarships, are managed by volunteer board members with a variety of expertise and backgrounds.

The board uses philanthropy to creatively address problems and improve the quality of living for the African American community in Lorain County. Since 1989, it has awarded $240,000 in grants and over $170,000 in student scholarships to advance that mission.

The $3,000 grant to Ambassador Brothers is the first that the African American Community Fund has made to this organization and will support activities for the dance to be held on Father’s Day June 17th, 2017, at the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College. The first Father-Daughter Dance event was held in 2016 with 150 African American fathers and daughters in attendance.

“It’s a special event that encourages fathers to spend time with their daughters and highlights dads who are being present and involved with their children.” said Ed Moore, President of the African American Community Fund.

The African American Community Fund also supported Camp I.D.E.A.S. with a $3,000 grant for its summer learning camp, established in 1997 for children with special needs from pre-K to high school. Each student’s camp itinerary is customized to his/her ability level, developed using reports provided by the student’s school teacher(s). The grant will help cover tuition costs for African American students who request financial assistance to attend camp and provide support for African American staff.

“Spreading the word about Camp IDEAS to the African American community is important, because parents who have children with special needs may not be aware that this fantastic program exists and can help them and their child.” said Ed Moore.

Established in 1989, The African American Community Fund, through permanent endowment, promotes and supports the development of social, economic, health, and educational initiatives in the African American Community. The African American Community Fund awards grants to support projects benefiting the community. Programs supported include gun awareness, college exposure for youth, health initiatives, programs for at-risk youth, and much more. Only the sixth of its kind in the United States when it was created, it has been used as an example of diversity in organized philanthropy to other Community Foundations.

The African American Community Fund also awards scholarships to help deserving Lorain County students pursue education beyond high school.


Arts ‑ $4,000.00

The MAD Factory

      Theatre Based Arts Programming and Outreach ‑ $2,000.00

Start with Art Project

      Community Art Life Matters ‑ $2,000.00

Civic Affairs ‑ $4,500.00

Lorain County Urban League

      LCUL College Tour ‑ $1,500.00

Lorain United Methodist Ministries

      Camp I.D.E.A.S. ‑ $3,000.00

Health ‑ $4,500.00

Energy Up (EUVA)

      Sugar Savvy Program ‑ $2,000.00

Lorain County Free Clinic

      Primary Medical Care and Prescription Access ‑ $2,500.00

Social Services ‑ $4,500.00

Ambassador Brothers of Lorain County

      Father Daughter Dance ‑ $3,000.00

Boys & Girls Clubs of Lorain County

      Passport to Manhood ‑ $500.00

Neighborhood Alliance

      Senior Nutrition Home-Delivered‑ Meals Program ‑ $1,000.00

Founded in 1980, the Community Foundation of Lorain County is made up of 619 Endowed Funds valued at approximately $122 million dollars. On average, $5.8 million is awarded annually in grant support to non-profit organizations in Lorain County. Visit www.peoplewhocare.org to learn more.

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