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Community Foundation of Lorain County Announces $1.1M in Grant Awards


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Elyria, Ohio-December 18, 2019


Community Foundation of Lorain County Board of Directors announced $1.1M in grant awards to 48 organizations at its regular meeting on December 18, 2019.

Community Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations serving residents in Lorain County, has invested over $100M in the community since 1980.

Board member Karen Wells stated, “The Community Foundation always celebrates the holiday season by funding our local organizations. This year, we awarded $1.1M in the categories of Arts & Culture, Education & Youth Development, Health and Human Services and Strengthening Lorain Count, with 54% of those funds targeted to Health & Human Services where the need is so great.”


2019 December Grantees:


Arts & Culture - $135,582

Elyria Arts Council - $26,000

Lorain County Historical Society - $25,000

Oberlin Heritage Center - $24,582

ideastream - $10,000

Firelands Association for the Visual Arts - $22,000

Oberlin Choristers - $10,000

Slowik Music Institute (dba Credo Music)  - $8,000

Great Expectation Ministries - $6,000


Education & Youth Development - $292,705

Effective Leadership Academy - $26,160

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County  - $50,000

Save Our Children, Inc. - $35,000

National Inventors Hall of Fame  - $49,900

Ohio State University Extension, Lorain County - $40,000

Lorain Public Library System - $27,500

Youth Challenge - $22,000

Girl Scouts of NEO - $15,000

RePlay for Kids - $11,145

Youth Opportunities Unlimited - $10,000

Scholastic Games of Lorain County - $6,000 


Health & Human Services - $610,425

Blessing House - $ 75,000

Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, Inc., d/b/a The LCADA Way - $65,287

Mercy Foundation of Lorain County - $59,000

El Centro de Servicios Sociales - $55,000

Road To Hope House Inc. - $50,000

Sleep in Heavenly Peace - $50,000

Passages, Inc. - $25,000

Coalition for the Uninsured of Lorain County - $38,750

Humility of Mary Housing - $35,000

Salvation Army - $29,000

Lorain County Office on Aging - $25,431

Camp Imagine - $6,000

Lorain County LGBTQ+ and Allies Task Force  - $23,557

Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging Foundation - $16,000

Prevent Blindness, Northeast Ohio Chapter - $7,000

YWCA Elyria - $14,900

Echoing Hills - $10,000

Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services, Inc. - $7,500

Lorain County Public Health - $12,000

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland - $5,000

Lorain County Safe Harbor Genesis House - $1,000


Strengthening Lorain County - $88,000

Village of Grafton - $5,000

Amherst Fire Department - $5,000

Friendship Animal Protective League - $20,000

Main Street Oberlin, Inc. dba Oberlin Business Partnership - $7,500

Main Street Vermilion - $5,500

Candid Midwest - $4,000

Hummingbird Project - $1,000

Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity - $40,000



2019 Dec Grants

In 2018, the Community Foundation received more than $5.8M in gifts, distributed approximately $6M in grants and scholarships, and ended the year with assets of $130M. To get more information about grant, scholarships or updates about the Community Foundation visit our website, peoplewhocare.org

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