Education & Youth Development

2023 Grant Awards

Community Foundation of Lorain County Empowers Education and Youth Development with $560K in Grant Awards

Lorain County, OH – August 10, 2023 – The Community Foundation of Lorain County is delighted to announce the successful completion of its Education and Youth Development Cycle, awarding over $560K in grant awards to 26 non-profit organizations. These grants will play a crucial role in enhancing educational opportunities and youth development initiatives, benefiting countless young individuals within the Lorain County community.

The Education and Youth Development Cycle showcases the Community Foundation’s ongoing commitment to fostering academic excellence, nurturing talent, and empowering the youth to realize their full potential. By supporting these remarkable organizations, the Foundation aims to create a positive and lasting impact on the lives of young individuals, shaping a brighter future for generations to come.

“We are proud to witness the incredible work being done by these organizations, and we wholeheartedly believe in their capacity to transform lives through education and youth development,” says Cindy Andrews, President and CEO at the Community Foundation of Lorain County. “Our Community Foundation remains committed to supporting these valuable initiatives and providing a pathway for the younger generation to flourish.”

Among the grant recipients, the ACES Program: Achievement through Community Education and Support has been awarded a significant grant of $50K. This program stands at the forefront of empowering students through community engagement and support, fostering a nurturing environment for academic growth.

The Community Foundation of Lorain County welcomes Writers in Residence as a new Education and Youth Development Cycle grantee. This organization pairs college students, including those from Oberlin College, with youth in the juvenile justice system, providing them with a unique opportunity to express themselves and find healing through the art of writing. Through this transformative mentorship, Writers in Residence seeks to empower young individuals in detention centers and inspire positive change within the community.

2023 Education and Youth Development Grantees include:  

ACES Program: Achievement thru Community Education and Support – $50K 

Atmosphere Adventures – $10K 

Camp Imagine – $15K 

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio – $15K 

Junior Achievement of Greater Cleveland – $17K 

Leadership Lorain County – $30K 

Little Lighthouse Learning Center – $13K 

Lorain Historical Society – $40K 

National Inventors Hall of Fame – $49.9K 

Ohio State University Extension, Lorain County – $30K 

Save Our Children – $50K 


Youth Challenge – $20K 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County – $50K 

Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio – $45K 

College Now Greater Cleveland – $25K 

Effective Leadership Academy – $12K 

Leaders of Today, Inc. – $26.988K 

Fellowship of Christian Athletes – $3K 

Cleveland Zoological Society – $4K 

Connecting for Kids – $4K 

Educational Service Center of Lorain County – $4K 

iN Education, Inc. – $5K 

RePlay for Kids – $7.469K 

Standout Production Group/Scholastic Games – $6.5K 

Writers in Residence – $3K 

The Education and Youth Development Cycle reflects the commitment of the Community Foundation of Lorain County to promote excellence in education, ensure equal opportunities, and foster the development of strong, capable leaders. 

To learn more about the Community Foundation of Lorain County’s grant cycles and see the list of grant awards, visit