Community Foundation awards over $400K

The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation board of trustees approved grants totaling $413,575 at its February board meeting. In addition to those listed below, the total includes 57 designated grants totaling $233,790.
Competitive grants
• Camp Fire of Northwest Ohio, $2,600 to fund the incremental costs between a full financial statement audit and a financial review.
• McComb First Presbyterian Church, up to $5,000 to support its McComb Adult Latino English as a Second Language program. The church began a program in fall 2013 to help non-fluent English speakers learn to read and write. Church members volunteer to provide child care and serve as conversation and reading buddies.
• Bluffton Lion’s Foundation, Inc., a matching grant of $61,600 to partially support the expansion of the greater Bluffton bike and pedestrian pathway system in the Hancock County portion of Bluffton. The project will extend the pathway from its current eastern terminus along an abandoned railroad spur to Bluffton’s Commerce Lane business district located in Hancock County and near the I-75 interchange.
• Findlay Hope House for the Homeless, $47,000 to strengthen the Hope House Independence Program by providing homeless families with rental assistance and intensive case management to help bridge the “benefits cliff” and into long-term, safe and self-sustainable housing.
• Gliding Stars of Findlay, a three-year grant of $45,000 to hire a part-time director. The director will provide leadership to establish a board of directors; standardize policies; pursue additional funding opportunities; and create an educational component to share with Gliding Stars families to enhance their children’s learning.
President’s discretionary grants
• Associated Charities, $1,000 to support its 2014 centennial celebration.
• Hancock Leadership Class, a six-month grant of $1,500 to partially support the Community Emergency Procedures Guides project.
• Hancock Parks Foundation, $1,200 to partially fund the free Riverside Park Summer Concert Series.
• The Arts Partnership of Hancock County, $600 to provide access to free downtown music through Courtyard Concert Series.
• United Way of Hancock County, a six-month grant of $1,905 to support marketing and advertising for local Health Care Navigator community meetings.
Donor-advised grants
• Flag City Honor Flight, general support, $250.
• Gregory James Shrader Donor-Advised Fund, general support, $250.
• Humane Society of Hancock County, general support, $250.
• Christian Clearing House, general support, $250.
• Findlay-Hancock County Public Library, early literacy tablets, $2,565.
• Ronald McDonald House Charities of NW Ohio, capital campaign, $1,000.
• Habitat for Humanity of Findlay/Hancock County, Habitat home repair, $2,000.
• Findlay High School athletic department, FHS swim team, $250.

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