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Recent Grants

These are the grants awarded by Ashland County Community Foundation within the past year. To learn more about our grants, or to apply for a grant, visit our grants page.

Community Grants

In 2020, twenty-one organizations serving the Ashland County community received grants totaling $218,463.

American Red Cross Chapter of Heartland, Stark, Muskingum Lakes received a grant to help cover Ashland County blood drive costs during the COVID-19 pandemic

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center received a grant to fund therapy groups and staff training for the Co-occuring Program

Ashland Christian Health Center received a grant to replace the boiler as part of HVAC upgrade

Ashland City Schools received a grant for Arrow Kroc Kitchen meal preparation workshops for families

Ashland County Agricultural Society received a grant to purchase and install an LED sign for the announcing tower

Ashland County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society received a grant for the Funeral Home and Veterans Burial Project

Ashland Family YMCA received a grant for capital improvements including an HVAC unit for the gymnasium

Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District received a grant to purchase equipment for water quality monitoring

Ashland Symphony Orchestra Association received a grant to provide operational support due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Boy Scout Troop 521 received a grant to fund a pavilion at the Scout grounds

Fostering Family Ministries received a grant to purchase a technology platform to share needs for foster and kinship care Families

Living Legacy Foundation Capstone grant for 24-Hour Library Project

Loudonville Theatre & Arts Committee received a grant to provide operational support due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Nuhop Center for Experiential Learning received a grant to provide operational support due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Perrysville Economic Development Inc. received a grant for the Community Center revitalization project

Perrysville Youth Association received a grant for revitalization of the small ball field

RePlay for Kids received a grant to provide adapted toys for children with disabilities for remote learning and therapies

Safe Haven received a grant for outreach and prevention education materials, supplies and software

Salvation Army Ashland Kroc Corp Community Center received a grant for food pantry renovation and the outdoor feeding pavilion relocation project

Savannah Lions Club received a grant to renovate Town Hall 

Southview Grace Brethren Church received a grant for the parking lot renovation project

The following grandfathered organizations also received grant distributions in recognition of Hazel Myers Spreng:  Ashland Public Library, Ashland University, First United Methodist Church,  UH Samaritan Medical Center, United Way of Ashland County

Women's Fund Grants

In 2021, nine organizations serving Ashland County women were awarded Women’s Fund Grants totaling $18,910.

Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven received a grant to cover childcare costs for domestic violence survivors while they attend support groups.

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center received a grant to help women in the Supported Employment program access free childcare as they work to get back on their feet.

Brethren Care Village received a grant to purchase tables and chairs for preschool age children when its new childcare offerings begin.

Fostering Family Ministries received a grant to recruit additional care teams, increase summer day camp scholarships and provide additional daycare scholarships for caregivers.

Olive Tree Care received a grant to purchase new books, educational DVD’S and cooking classes for the program’s children and families.

Park Street Brethren Preschool received a grant to purchase strollers, toys and other supplies to support the recent addition of infant care to their childcare offerings.

The Salvation Army received a grant to provide before- and aftercare scholarships for parents of children in the Summer Day Camp program.

IMPACT Youth Grants

In 2021, fifteen organizations serving Ashland County youth were awarded IMPACT Youth Grants totaling $13,013.

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center received a grant for SPARK program educational materials.

Ashland Bookcase Project received a grant for bookcases and new children’s books.

Ashland City Schools/Ashland Middle School received a grant for supplies for the Atoms and Periodic Table project.

Ashland County Sheriff’s Office received a grant for DARE Program supplies.

Ashland High School Lunch Bunch received a grant for supplies for the Secret Society Supporting Him/Her project.

Ashland Parenting Plus received a grant to support the Summer Life Skills program.

Ashland Soil & Water Conservation District received a grant for outdoor education at the Hazel Willis Woods.

Ashland Special Needs Ministry received a grant to support transportation needs.

Fostering Family Ministries received a grant for event passes and camp/ educational activities for foster and kinship families.

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio received a grant to support the JA Inspire Virtual Career Exploration event.

Park Street Brethren Pre-school received a grant for startup for infant care.

Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven received a grant for teen dating violence outreach and prevention supplies.

RePlay for Kids received a grant for STEM education for Ashland County public school students through a toy workshop.

The Salvation Army Ashland Kroc Corp Community Center received a grant for the 2021 Summer Food Service program.

Village of Jeromesville received a grant for materials for the Junior Council Training project.

Teacher Mini-Grants

In 2020, eight educators serving Ashland County schools were awarded Teacher Mini-Grants grants totaling $6,882.

Linda Michael, Ashland Middle School, to purchase supplies for “Exploring Electricity with Paper Circuits”

Kristy Shearer, Ashland Middle School, to purchase measurement-based tools for middle school math and science

Jeri Millhouse, Ashland City Schools, to purchase supplies for the “Ready, SET, GO-vid!” project to meet the needs of in-person and online learning

Kaitlyn Aukerman, Ashland City Schools, to purchase reading materials and supplies for the “Reading Arrows” project

Elise Lingenfelter, Loudonville High School, to purchase equipment for the “LHS Job Skills” shredding and recycling work study program

Kendra Carnegie, Loudonville High School, to purchase supplies to update the aquaculture system for the agri-science program at LHS

Distribution from the ARTSDREAM Fund, a component of the Teacher Mini-Grants program 
specifically for projects in the arts, was awarded to:

Andrew LewellenHillsdale Local Schools, to purchase supplies for socially distant puppet shows

Distribution from the Sandy Brown Honorary Vocal Music Fund, a component of the Teacher Mini-Grants program specifically for projects in vocal music, was awarded to:

Martha Buckner, Dale Roy School, to purchase personal percussion instrument kits for all Dale Roy students

Strategic Grants

While most of our grants are awarded in response to grant applications or at the direction of donors, we also make grants proactively when possible. We use unrestricted funds to make these strategic grants based on needs and opportunities in our community.

In 2020, twenty-two organizations were awarded COVID-19 Nonprofit Relief Grants totaling $173,700.

ACCESS received a grant to provide shelter services for homeless women and families in Ashland County.

Ashland County Cancer Association received a grant to support Ashland County cancer patients with uninterrupted monthly reimbursement for cancer-related travel, medications and medical supplies, as well as nutritional support.

Ashland County Council on Aging received a grant to provide seniors with warm, nutritional meals daily through the Council’s home delivered meal program.

Ashland Family YMCA received a grant to provide sanitizing supplies and equipment, financial assistance to families, as well as supplies and equipment specific to childcare/summer day camp to meet state mandates upon reopening.

Brethren Care Village received a grant to purchase iPads for senior use across campus to promote digital inclusion and to combat social isolation.

Fostering Family Ministries received a grant to support current kinship and foster care families during these challenging times and to recruit new foster families in response to COVID-19.

St. Edward Church received a grant to provide assistance to Ashland County residents (rent, utilities, medication, furniture, food and other urgent financial needs).

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center received a grant to provide uninterrupted mental health services with the purchase of technology for telehealth mental health services, as well as PPE and other necessary equipment and supplies.

Ashland Christian Health Center received a grant to support ACHC’s continued medical care of uninsured and under-insured Ashland County residents, while meeting new social distancing protocols and CDC recommendations.

Ashland City Schools received a grant to provide tangible resource kits focused on mental health, family resiliency, parenting, grief and more, aimed at helping Ashland City School district families during the pandemic.

Hillsdale Local Schools received a grant to provide meals to all students in the Hillsdale local school district during the summer months.

Loudonville Church Women received a grant to provide clothing, personal care and household items for Loudonville-Perrysville residents in need through The Free Store as well as to support the Back to School program.

Salvation Army Kroc Center received a grant to bolster the comprehensive emergency assistance program, which provides emergency housing, housing application fee assistance, utility assistance, transportation assistance and more for Ashland County residents in need.

Ashland Parenting Plus received a grant to purchase upgraded technology to continue its vital services to Ashland County youth and families, as well as PPE supplies.

Hospice of North Central Ohio, Inc. received a grant to purchase personal protective equipment and supplies to enact enhanced safety measures in serving clients.

Kidney Foundation of Ohio received a grant to provide Ashland County dialysis or transplant patients the opportunity to access contact-less medications delivered directly to their homes, transportation assistance to dialysis or medical appoints that cannot be done via telehealth, and emergency assistance such as utility disconnections or critical repairs/medical equipment.

LSS Lutheran Village Assisted Living received a grant to purchase personal protective equipment and supplies to keep residents and staff safe, while providing quality care, in accordance with Ohio Department of Health and CDC protocols.

Olive Tree Care received a grant to provide financial assistance to families as well as purchase supplies/equipment and support appropriate staffing to meet state mandates upon reopening.

Park Street Brethren Preschool received a grant to provide financial assistance to families as well as purchase supplies/equipment and support appropriate staffing to meet state mandates upon reopening.

Assoicated Charities received a grant to provide short-term financial assistance as well as food for families in need.

Ashland Pregnancy Care Center received a grant to provide tele-health and build capacity to meet current and growing needs of clients.

United Church Residences of Ashland (Mill Run Place) received a grant to provide residents with cleaning supplies, personal care items, enhanced nutrition and technology.

In 2020, Ashland County Community Foundation observed its 25th Anniversary by awarding 19 Silver Anniversary Grants totaling $105,000.

Ashland County Cancer Association received an unrestricted Founding Agency Partner Grant as a “Thank You” for 25 years of partnership with ACCF.

Ashland Family YMCA received an unrestricted Founding Agency Partner Grant as a “Thank You” for 25 years of partnership with ACCF.

Hospice of North Central Ohio received an unrestricted Founding Agency Partner Grant as a “Thank You” for 25 years of partnership with ACCF.

Ashland Chautauqua received an Agency Endowment Challenge matching grant to building organizational sustainability by starting an endowment fund.

Ashland City Schools for Literacy Endowment Fund received an Agency Endowment Challenge matching grant to building program sustainability by starting an endowment fund.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) at Ashland Parenting Plus received an Agency Endowment Challenge matching grant to building organizational sustainability by starting an endowment fund.

Fostering Family Ministries received an Agency Endowment Challenge matching grant to building organizational sustainability by starting an endowment fund.

Loudonville Theatre and Arts Committee received an Agency Endowment Challenge matching grant to building organizational sustainability by starting an endowment fund.

Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County received an Agency Endowment Challenge matching grant to building organizational sustainability by starting an endowment fund.

Park Street Brethren Preschool received an Agency Endowment Challenge matching grant to building organizational sustainability by starting an endowment fund.

Senior Citizens of Ashland County, Inc. received an Agency Endowment Challenge matching grant to building organizational sustainability by starting an endowment fund.

The Village of Loudonville received a grant to identify and pursue a special project to benefit the village and its residents.

The Village of Perrysville received a grant to identify and pursue a special project to benefit the village and its residents.

The Village of Jeromesville received a grant to identify and pursue a special project to benefit the village and its residents.

The Village of Hayesville received a grant to identify and pursue a special project to benefit the village and its residents.

The Village of Savannah received a grant to identify and pursue a special project to benefit the village and its residents.

The Village of Bailey Lakes received a grant to identify and pursue a special project to benefit the village and its residents.

The Village of Polk received a grant to identify and pursue a special project to benefit the village and its residents.

The Village of Mifflin received a grant to identify and pursue a special project to benefit the village and its residents.

Donor-Advised Fund Grants

During the 2020-2021 fiscal year, our donors used distributions from their Donor-Advised Funds to make grants to the following organizations, charitable funds and causes.

  • ACCESS
  • Ashland High School Parents Baseball Boosters
  • Ashland Christian Health Center
  • Ashland City Schools
  • Ashland County Cancer Association
  • Ashland County Dog Shelter
  • Ashland County Park District
  • Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame
  • Ashland Family YMCA
  • Ashland Main Street
  • Ashland Pregnancy Care Center
  • Ashland Symphony Orchestra
  • Ashland Theological Seminary
  • Ashland University
  • Ashland University, Office of Christian Ministry
  • Associated Charities
  • Bible Broadcasting Network
  • Camp Bethany
  • City of Ashland Police Dept. – Police Donations for Community Outreach
  • City of Ashland
  • Evans Scholars Foundation
  • Firelands Ambulance Service
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry
  • Homeward Bound Dog Shelter of Ashland County
  • Hospice of North Central Ohio
  • Jackson Township Trustees
  • Joy of Living Camp
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Mansfield Area Y
  • Mapleton Local School District
  • Mapleton Local School District, Baseball Program
  • Mapleton Local School District, Boys’ and Girls’ Track Program
  • Mapleton Local School District, Football Program
  • Mapleton Local School District, Wrestling Program
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • Ohio University
  • Olive Tree Christian Fellowship
  • Pacific Garden Mission
  • Park Street Brethren Preschool
  • Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven (Appleseed)
  • Redbird Resilient
  • Reliant Mission
  • Samaritan Hospital Foundation
  • Shop with a Cop
  • Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Team Focus
  • The Cat House Feline Sanctuary, Inc.
  • The Ground Truth Project / Report for America
  • The Salvation Army
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • United Way of Ashland County
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars of Ohio Charities
  • Village of Kelley’s Island
  • ACCF Strategic Grantmaking Program
  • ACCF Women’s Fund
  • Ashland Symphony Orchestra Podium Endowment Agency Fund, in honor of Maestro Arie Lipsky
  • Barbara Lamson Miller Teacher Scholarship
  • Dan Priest Honorary Endowment Fund, for the benefit of Ashland Brookside Golf Course’s Junior Golf Program
  • Ashland Downtown Flowers Endowment Fund
  • IMPACT Youth Grants Program
  • Larry L. and Vicky L. Lippert Endowment Fund, for the benefit of Homeward Bound Dog Shelter
  • Norma Elizabeth McKinley Citizenship Education Endowment Fund
  • Operating Fund
  • Regg S. Rader Memorial Donor Advised Fund
  • Robert Simonson Family Fund, fbo Mapleton Boys’ and Girls’ Track
  • Rotary Club of Ashland William Roepke and William Buckingham Agency Fund for the Annual Ashland Community July 4th Fireworks Display
  • Simonson Family Scholarship
  • Women’s Fund Childcare Initiative