$810K grants awarded to 35 non-profit organizations in Lorain County

Staff Report

Thirty-five organizations received grants totaling $810,767 last week from the Community Foundation of Lorain County.

Grants range from $2,650 to $70,000 and were awarded to groups supporting arts and culture, civic affairs, education, health, and social services.

Blessing House in Lorain received the largest grant, $70,000, for general operating support and the purchase of a full-sized van to transport children with special needs.

Main Street Amherst, Oberlin Business Partnership, and Main Street Wellington received grants ranging from $5,500 to $18,995 to support their continued participation in the National Main Street Program.

That cash can also be used to travel to training sessions, meetings, and a three-day conference in Columbus.

Organizations helping social services received most of the cash totalling $396,572 followed by health with $188,000.

The foundation has more than 570 endowed funds valued at roughly $114 million dollars. Approximately $4.4 million in grants is given annually to non-profit organizations in the county.

Here are some of the non-profits in our area that received grants:

• Firelands Association for the Visual Arts: $22,000 for general operating support.

• Oberlin College: $10,000 for the Apollo Outreach Initiative.

• Oberlin Heritage Center/O.H.I.O.: $25,000 for general operating support.

• Main Street Amherst: $5,500 for Main Street membership dues.

• Main Street Wellington: $18,995 for general operating support.

• Oberlin Business Partnership: $5,500 for Main Street membership dues.

• Wellington Exempted Village Schools: $17,000 for a comprehensive school-based prevention model.

• Oberlin College: $25,000 for the Oberlin Food Hub.

• Salvation Army Elyria Corps: $55,000 for emergency services for Elyria, Grafton, LaGrange, Lorain, and Wellington.

• Educational Service Center of Lorain County: $2,650 for the Lorain County Spelling Bee.

• Lorain County Free Clinic: $50,000 for general operating support.

• Lorain County General Health District: $4,000 for a car seat program.

• Heritage Ohio: $8,100 for revitalization training.

• Leadership Lorain County: $15,000 for an internship program.

• American Red Cross, Lake Erie/Heartland Chapter: $15,000 for disaster relief and a home fire prevention campaign.

• Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio: $60,000 for increasing resources to the hunger network.

Staff Report