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Community Foundation announces 2023 IMPACT Youth Grants

ASHLAND – Ashland County Community Foundation’s IMPACT Youth Council, with ratification by the Board of Trustees, approved IMPACT Youth Grants for 2023.

Fourteen organizations serving Ashland County youth were awarded grants totaling $18,813.

The following organizations received grants:

  • Advocates for Families received a grant for monthly youth mentoring group outings.
  • Appleseed Community Mental Health received a grant to provide youth crisis kits for school liaisons.
  • Ashland Bike Project received a grant for equipment for the Team WILD Adventure Mountain Bike Youth Program.
  • Ashland Bookcase Project received a grant for bookcase materials and books to promote literacy and kindergarten readiness.
  • Ashland High School Lunch Bunch received a grant to provide stationary, gift bags, snacks and small gifts to encourage students through the Secret Society Supporting Him/Her.
  • Ashland Youth Football League received a grant for helmet reconditioning and recertification.
  • Hospice of North Central Ohio received a grant for the Memorial Butterfly Release at Camp Hope Children’s Bereavement Camp.
  • Loudonville Church Women received a grant to purchase school supplies and other essentials to support students through the Back to School program.
  • Park Street Brethren Preschool received a grant to purchase art room furniture and supplies.
  • Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven received a grant to help cover the cost of day, weekend and weeklong camps for youth who have accessed Safe Haven’s services.
  • RePlay for Kids received a grant to provide a high school STEM workshop in which students create adapted toys for children with disabilities.
  • Savannah Lions Club received a grant for the Youth Program to provide summer camp for children in low-income neighborhoods.
  • Southview Grace Brethren Church received a grant to renovate the Wifflefest field.
  • Team Focus received a grant to purchase dress clothing and t-shirts for young men attending the Team Focus Ohio Summer Leadership Camp.

IMPACT Youth Grants are competitive grants awarded by ACCF to 501(c)(3) and other qualifying charitable organizations in support of projects and initiatives specifically designed to benefit the youth of Ashland County.

Grant recipients are chosen by ACCF’s IMPACT Youth Council, a committee of student volunteers from Ashland County high schools. The council is led by director Sarah LeVeck.

The following students participated in IMPACT Youth Council during the 2022-2023 school year: Elijah Barlow, Megan Blough, Joshua Bonfiglio, Andrew Briggs, Aubrie Cooke, Sara Finks, Brendon Hess, Megan Hicks, Elly Keener, Jianmei Lefelhoc, Emily McGovern, Katrin Parker, Mackenzie Parsons, Sydney Polen, Emma Roar, Emma Schaefer, Courtney Stewart, Andrew Swartz and Jessica Wally.

ACCF is currently accepting applications for next year’s IMPACT Youth Council. Ashland County students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors during the 2023-2024 school year may apply online at

The application deadline for IMPACT Youth grants is February 1 of each year. Inquiries can be made by calling the Foundation office at 419-281-4733 or visiting the ACCF website at

About Ashland County Community Foundation: Ashland County Community Foundation advances philanthropy and improves the quality of life in Ashland County by connecting people who care with causes that matter. ACCF has awarded over $25 million in scholarships, grants and distributions.