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Amid Pandemic, Foundation Provides Grants Targeted For Health And Human Services

19 Apr , 2020  

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees has redirected its Unrestricted/Community Fund to meet emerging needs. The Community Fund will provide grants for health and human services on a rolling basis to nonprofit organizations in Richland County.

To support this effort, we encourage donors to contribute to the Community Fund /donate. Any Community Fund gifts received throughout 2020 will be used to assist nonprofits directly impacted by COVID-19.

The Foundation believes that generosity has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad. A global threat like COVID-19 affects more than just the infected. It is a time to come together to drive a spike of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for our community and nonprofits in Richland County.

This week a total of $371,733 was awarded. Of that total $203,386 went to COVID-19 Rapid Response grants funded from the Community Fund and Donor-Advised Funds to the following organizations:

  • American Red Cross for general support
  • Ashland Community Foundation for its Emergency Fund
  • Avita Health Foundation for personal protective equipment and general support
  • Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center for meat in its food pantry
  • Catalyst Life Services for personal protective equipment, telehealth and tech support
  • Community Foundation of Otsego County for its COVID Fund
  • Domestic Violence Shelter for general support
  • Grace Episcopal Church for its outdoor food pantry and food
  • Mansfield Area Y for general support
  • OhioHealth Foundation for lodging for frontline healthcare providers
  • Salvation Army for general support

Other grants awarded were for summer internships and programming to the following organizations:

  • Catholic Charities
  • Children’s Cupboard Inc.
  • City of Mansfield Community Development
  • Friends of the Gorman Nature Center
  • Kingwood Center Gardens
  • Little Buckeye Children’s Museum
  • Mansfield Area Y
  • Mansfield Art Center
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Intervening and Enrichment Center
  • North End Community Improvement Collaborative
  • Ohio Bird Sanctuary
  • Renaissance Performing Arts Association
  • Richland Academy of the Arts
  • Richland Community Development Group
  • Salvation Army

Other grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Mansfield Art Center for its building fund
  • Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center for its general fund
  • Waleska United Methodist Church for general support

A Career Technical Education scholarship was also awarded. The CTE scholarships are reviewed and awarded on a rolling deadline to better meet the needs of students.

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