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Community Foundation of Lorain County Announces Grant Award Milestone


Community Foundation of Lorain County Announces Grant Award Milestone

Elyria, Ohio – December 21, 2018

The Board of Directors of Community Foundation of Lorain County approved more than one million dollars ($1M) in grant awards to fifty-one organizations at its regular meeting on December 19, 2018.

Board Chair, Farnaz Ansari Berna, said,

“We are so pleased that we can distribute these much-needed funds to so many organizations providing important services in the county.  We are always grateful for our donors’ generosity and confidence, but even more so at this season of giving and reflection.”

The awards ranged in size from $1,500 to $75,000 including grant support to expand residential treatment services for women through The Key at The LCADA Way, support for frail seniors through Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services and the Lorain County Office on Aging, emergency needs through the Salvation Army in Elyria and Wellington, supporting City Fresh partnerships with Lorain Public Library and Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority, and care for animals at Friendship Animal Protective League.  Awards were also made to RePlay for Kids, which trains students and volunteers to repair and modify toys and assistive devices for children with disabilities and new organizations such as Passages, Inc. which works with formerly incarcerated fathers on reunification, workforce development life skills, and self-sufficiency.

The application deadline for the 2019 grant awards is February 1, 2019.  A training workshop is being offered on January 11, 2019, at the Elyria Public Library, West River Branch.  It is free and open to the public.  The target audience is board members, CEOs, executive directors, upper management, fundraising & development staff, grant proposal writers, and program directors and coordinators of non-profit organizations.  Nonprofit startups are also encouraged to attend.  More information can be found at https://grantspace.org/training/2019-01-11-community-grants-and-board-fundraising-workshop/.   Interested persons can register online.

Nonprofits are also invited to apply for mini-grants from the Lakeland Community Foundation at www.peoplewhocare.org.


Grant Highlights

Health and Wellness  $597,600

Alzheimer's Association, $50,000 for care and support services in Lorain County

Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services, $7,500 for senior assistance

Blessing House, $75,000 for children's crisis care

Echoing Hills, $10,000 toward a handicap accessible van   

El Centro de Servicios Sociales, $55,000 for supportive services

Human Trafficking Collaborative of Lorain County, $15,000 toward prevention and community education

Humility of Mary Housing, $25,000 for Faith House in Lorain

Ideastream, $10,000 toward the Be Well series

Invest Elyria, $1,500 for South Elyria services

Kendal at Oberlin, $15,000 for the Oberlin Community Land Trust

Kidney Foundation of Ohio, $5,000 toward transportation assistance for dialysis patients

Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, $75,000 for the expansion of residential treatment

  services for women

Lorain County Office on Aging, $22,000 to support services and the delivery of meals to seniors

  in townships in southern Lorain County

Lorain County Public Health, $21,000 to subsidize car seats and medication

Lorain Public Library System, $14,000 for Food and Fun, to teach children about healthy food

Mercy Foundation of Lorain County, $55,000 in support of Parish Nurses

New Agrarian Center, $25,000 to increase the City Fresh Resource Network

Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center, $25,000 to provide services for persons living with HIV and AIDS

  in Lorain County

Passages, $25,000 in support of formerly incarcerated Lorain County fathers

Prevent Blindness, Northeast Ohio Chapter, $7,000 for vision care for Lorain County           

Road To Hope House, $25,000 for housing for recovering substance abusers

Salvation Army, $29,000 to support services in Elyria and Wellington

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland, $5,000 for Project SEARCH High-School-to-Work Transition

  Program in Lorain County

We Care We Share, $5,000 for a nutrition program and a greenhouse

Education and Programs for Youth  $374,479

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County, $40,000 in general operating support

Business Volunteers Unlimited, $10,000 to provide consulting and training for Lorain County nonprofits

Camp IDEAS, $10,000 for programs for Lorain County children with special needs

Child Care Resource Center, $5,000 to support training for Step Up to Quality state standards

Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, $22,000 for arts education and community outreach

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, $15,000 for the Girl Scout Journey Program in Lorain City School District

Leadership Lorain County, $45,000 for the Summer Intern Program in 2019 and 2020

Little Lighthouse Learning Center, $15,000 for a Language Education Specialist

Lorain County Historical Society, $13,500 for community educational outreach

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, $9,110 to bring Lorain County students to the museum

National Inventors Hall of Fame, $49,900 Camp Invention, STEM and professional development

  for teachers in Lorain County  

Oberlin Heritage Center, $25,000 for educational programs and community outreach

RePlay for Kids, $8,759 to train students and volunteers to modify toys for children with disbilities

SCORE Cleveland Chapter, $6,000 for the Service Corps of Retired Executives volunteers to work

  with emerging entrepreneurs

Save Our Children, $35,000 for after-school and summer programs

Scholastic Games of Lorain County, $6,000 to support the high school radio quiz competition

Starting Point, $4,390 to support Prime Time Tutoring for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County

TECH CORPS, $13,000 for Techie Camp: Girl Power!

Youth Challenge, $22,000 to provide adapted programs for children with disabilities and teenage

  volunteers aspiring to work with children with special needs

Youth Opportunities Unlimited, $10,000 for the Jobs for Ohio's Graduates program at Oberlin

  School District

Community Building $45,607

Elyria Police Department, $10,607 to purchase equipment for Active Shooting First Responders

Friendship Animal Protective League, $15,000 to establish a Spay and Neuter Surgery Room 

Lorain Growth Corporation, $5,000 to support business development in Lorain

Main Street Amherst, $5,000 to support economic revitalization of Amherst

Main Street Vermilion, $5,000 for professional development and industry membership with

  National Main Street to maintain organizational standards

Oberlin Business Partnership, $5,000 to support community building



Cynthia H. Andrews
President and CEO
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