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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 2021, twenty-six organizations serving the Ashland County community received grants totaling $245,221.

ACCESS received a grant for promotional items.

Ashland Christian Health Center received a grant for a new exam table.

Ashland Christian School received a grant for science classroom tables.

Ashland County Agricultural Society received a grant to renovate the sheep barn at the fairgrounds.

Ashland County Cancer Association received a grant for office equipment.

Ashland County Community Academy received a grant for a surveillance system and servers.

Ashland County Council on Aging received a grant for audio and visual equipment.

Ashland County Park District received a grant for construction of the Davey McClure Outdoor Education Shelter.

Ashland County Wildlife Conservation League received a grant for power upgrades.

Ashland Special Needs Ministry received a grant for sensory recreation and technology equipment.

Ashland Symphony Orchestra received a grant for summer mini concerts.

Ashland University received a grant for testing center startup and marketing.

Christ Community Evangelical Free Church received a grant to for the “Serve” community service project.

Flying Horse Farms received a grant for camper scholarships.

Hayesville Opera House Restoration Board received a grant for a new server.

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio received a grant for financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career readiness programs.

Living Legacy Foundation received a matching grant to establish a new endowment fund for the Perrysville Branch.

Loudonville Church Women, Inc. received a grant to support The Store, Day of Sharing and Back to School programs.

Loudonville FFA Alumni & Supporters received a grant to construct an educational greenhouse at Loudonville High School.

Loudonville Swim Team Boosters Inc. received a matching grant to establish an endowment fund.

LSS The Good Shepherd received a grant for the Tovertafel “Magic Table” game system.

Mission to Amish People received a grant for safety and accessibility upgrades at Beyond Measure Market.

North Central State College Foundation received a grant to offer workforce training in Ashland.

North Central Workforce Alliance of Ohio received a grant to produce videos about in-demand jobs.

Paid in Full of Ashland Ohio received a grant for parking lot paving.

Polk Jackson Perry Fire Department received a grant to build a turnout gear locker.

Polk United Methodist Church received a grant for a commercial kitchen exhaust hood.

Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven received a grant for startup of a new transitional shelter.

Savannah Lions Club received a grant for Phase III of Town Hall restoration.

Third Street Family Health Services received a grant for accessibility upgrades.

United Church Residences of Ashland Ohio/ Mill Run Place received a grant for a community garden.

Wayne County Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc. received a grant for a child molestation awareness and prevention program.

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

Women's Fund Grants

In 2022, five organizations serving Ashland County women were awarded Women’s Fund Grants totaling $16,175. As part of the Women’s Fund Childcare Initiative, this year’s grants were awarded solely in the area of childcare. 

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center received a grant to help women pay for childcare while recovering from past trauma and working to achieve self-sufficiency.

Brethren Care Village received a grant to purchase gross motor equipment for toddlers.

Fostering Family Ministries received a grant to provide training and scholarships in support of trauma competent childcare for foster families.

Park Street Brethren Preschool received a grant to purchase toddler-sized furniture for the “Tinies” classroom.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center received a grant to provide Kroc Summer Day Camp before and aftercare scholarships.

IMPACT Youth Grants

In 2023, fourteen organizations serving Ashland County youth were awarded IMPACT Youth Grants totaling $18,813.

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 schools 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.

Teacher Mini-Grants

In Fall 2022, Ashland City Schools Foundation and Ashland County Community Foundation awarded 21 mini-grants totaling $5,441 from ACSF and $18,093 from ACCF.

The following teachers received grants from one or both foundations:

Ashland City Schools Foundation

  • Martha Bickley, Ashland High School, received a grant for “Talk with the World.”
  • Jacqueline Thacker, Ashland High School, received a grant for “Building Thinking Classrooms in Mathematics.”
  • David Thompson, Ashland High School, received a grant for “Hidden Wonders under the Microscope.”
  • Kara Young, Edison Elementary School, received a grant for “Books Help the WRITE Stuff.”

Ashland County Community Foundation

  • Zane Aleman, Ashland Middle School, received a grant for “Musical Instrument Maintenance.”
  • Travis Beck, Taft Intermediate School, received a grant for “Making Test Prep/Review Fun!”
  • Ryane Briggs, Ashland High School, received a grant for “Arrow to Arrow Mentoring.”
  • Amy Chandler, Reagan Elementary School, received a grant for “News-o-matic.”
  • Elizabeth Condit, Ashland High School, received a grant for “Sensory/Flexible Seating.”
  • Shari Harlan, Edison Elementary School, received a grant for “Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader.”
  • Kelsey Kenney, Loudonville High School, received a grant for “Exploring Our Job and Life Skills.”
  • Kristen Leiby, Mapleton Elementary School, received a grant for “Strong Hands.”
  • Andrew Lewellen, Hillsdale Middle School, received a grant for “All About Animation” and supplies.
  • Julie McDonnell, Taft Intermediate School, received a grant for “Ready Set Go-The Kinesthetic Classroom.”
  • Tracy Morgan, Ashland High School, received a grant for “Real Life Field Scientists.”
  • Alexandria Paulino, Edison Elementary School, received a grant for “STEM in action!”
  • Monica Ralpj, Mapleton Middle School, received a grant for “Promoting Positive Participation in the Post Pandemic Pupil.”
  • Aimee Ross, Loudonville High School, received a grant for “The Art and Science of ‘Appreciology:’ Becoming Leaders.”
  • Kelly Shetler, C.E. Budd School, received a grant for “Time for Kids.”
  • Valerie Welday, Edison Elementary School, received a grant for “Grow our Classroom Library!”
  • Kyle Wissel, Hillsdale High School, received a grant for “Understanding History through an American Musical.”

In Spring 2023, Ashland City Schools Foundation and Ashland County Community Foundation awarded 11 mini-grants totaling $5,559 from ACSF and $10,940 from ACCF.

The following teachers received grants from one or both foundations:

Ashland City Schools Foundation

  • Nancy Boyer, Ashland High School, received a grant for “Visiting Artists at Ashland City Schools Fine Arts Show.”
  • Neil Ebert, Ashland High School, received a grant for “Professional Musician Residency.”
  • BreAnn Fennell, Reagan Elementary School, received a grant for “Zooming to the Zoo in Third Grade.”

Ashland City Schools Foundation and Ashland County Community Foundation

Tracy Morgan, Ashland High School, Shaping Students Into Scientists (Nearhood 1st year teacher)

Adam Schulte, Ashland High School, Happy Atoms & Snatoms: Physical Molecules in a Digital World

Ashland County Community Foundation

Steve Coffey, Mapleton Middle School, received a grant for “I Robot- Making the Ultimate Robot.”

Laura Galleher, Edison Elementary School, received a grant for “Self-Regulation Tools for Students with Special Needs.”

Shari Harlan, Edison Elementary School, received a grant for “We Love Books!”

Amy Nelson, Ashland Middle School, received a grant for “The Collaborative Classroom.”

Shelby Pummell, Edison Elementary School, received a grant for “Social Emotional Learning.”

Monica Ralph, Mapleton Middle School, received a grant for “Students Making an Improved Learning Environment – S.M.I.L.E.”

Whitney Snyder, Loudonville High School, received a grant to update the eighth grade English Language Arts classroom library.

Bryan Spade, Mapleton Elementary School, received a grant for “Ready… VEX GO!”

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.

During the 2021-22 fiscal year, 8 Strategic Grants totaling $107,000 were awarded to support opportunities and meet needs that fall outside our annual grant cycles.

Cat House Feline Sanctuary received a grant for building repairs.

United Way of Ashland County received a grant for exterior signage.

Ashland Schine’s Theatre Organization received an agency endowment fund challenge grant.

Jay K. Myers Memorial Fund received a grant in memory of Jay’s services as a board member.

Ashland County Cancer Association received a grant for the client transportation program.

Pathfinder Farms received a grant for the “Serving Our Arrows” program.

Ashland Rotary Service Foundation received a grant for the downtown Rotary clock and endowment.

City of Ashland received a grant for the Brookside Golf Course clubhouse deck.

Donor-Advised Fund Grants

During the 2021-2022 fiscal year, our donors used distributions from their Donor-Advised Funds to make grants to the following organizations, charitable funds and causes.

  • ACCESS
  • ACCF Women’s Fund
  • Adaptive Sports Ohio
  • AHS Female Athlete of the Year Scholarship Fund, in honor of Darla Plice
  • Appleseed Community Mental Health Center
  • Ashbrook Center at Ashland University
  • Ashland Christian Health Center
  • Ashland Christian School
  • Ashland City Schools
  • Ashland County Cancer Association
  • Ashland County Dog Shelter
  • Ashland County Historical Society
  • Ashland County Park District
  • Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, DARE Program
  • Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame
  • Ashland County Young Life
  • Ashland Family YMCA
  • Ashland Main Street
  • Ashland Noon Lions
  • Ashland Pregnancy Care Center
  • Ashland Rotary Service Foundation
  • Ashland Schine’s Theatre Agency Fund
  • Ashland Schine’s Theatre Organization
  • Ashland Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Ashland Special Needs Ministry
  • Ashland Symphony Orchestra
  • Ashland Theological Seminary
  • Ashland University
  • Associated Charities
  • Barbara Lamson Miller Teacher Scholarship
  • Bible Broadcasting Network
  • Berean Baptist Church
  • Brethren Care Foundation
  • Christ United Methodist Church
  • City of Ashland Police Dept. – Police Donations for Community Outreach
  • City of Ashland, Mayor’s Office
  • Evans Scholars Foundation
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Fostering Our Graduates
  • Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry
  • Hospice of North Central Ohio
  • IMPACT Youth Grants Program
  • John T. ‘Jack’ Miller Outstanding AHS Senior Male Athlete Scholarship Fund, in honor of Stu Martin, Bully Rader, Bud Plank and Brother Bob ‘Bulldog’ Miller
  • Joy of Living Camp
  • Living Legacy Foundation
  • Logan Family Foundation
  • Mansfield Area Y
  • Mapleton Local School District
  • Matthew 25 Outreach
  • Mid Ohio Blitz Baseball Teams
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • Ohio University
  • Olive Tree Christian Fellowship
  • Pacific Garden Mission
  • Paid in Full of Ashland Ohio, Inc.
  • Pathfinder Farms
  • Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven (Appleseed)
  • Reliant Mission
  • Rotary Club of Ashland William Roepke and William Buckingham Agency Fund for the Annual Ashland Community July 4th Fireworks Display
  • ShadoArt Productions, Inc.
  • Shop with a Cop
  • St. Edward Parish
  • St. Edward School
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Team Focus
  • The Cat House Feline Sanctuary, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
  • United Church Residences of Ashland Ohio Inc (Mill Run Place)
  • United Way of Ashland County
  • University Hospitals Samaritan Regional Health System
  • Women’s Fund Childcare Initiative