Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $699,325 in grants to nonprofit organizations during its October meeting.   

Projects at area nonprofit organizations that received grants from a combination of unrestricted, and field-of-interest funds include: 

Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center was awarded a grant to supply equine-based therapy scholarships to individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. The funding will allow students who do not have the financial resources to pay for services to benefit their development. 

Taking Root Farms

Taking Root Farms is a new nonprofit that was created to support adults with intellectual developmental disabilities to participate in vocational training, skill-building, and recreational activities in a farm setting. The Foundation awarded a grant to support its Field of Opportunities Capital Campaign to build a new barn on the property of Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center. With two similar missions, the two organizations partnered to create a long-term, low-cost lease of six acres of land. Once the barn is built, regular programming will begin. 

Wayfinders Ohio, Inc.

Wayfinders was awarded a grant to support its Rapid Rehousing Program. The program helps people experiencing homelessness become stable and independent members of the community by assisting with safe and affordable housing, rent, security deposits, and utility connections.

Career Technical Education Scholarships

The Board of Trustees awarded 11 scholarships to students attending a career technical education school. The Scholarship Committee implemented a rolling deadline for CTE scholarships to meet various enrollment deadlines. In aligning with Ohio’s Attainment Goal, the Foundation wants to help fill the gap between job openings and certified employees as well as lead the way to support workforce development through CTE scholarships.

The Board of Trustees approved grants from donor-advised funds which allows individuals and families the opportunity to make grant suggestions to favorite charities. Donor Advised Funds are a flexible and convenient alternative to a private foundation. It is also a way to keep charitable contributions anonymous, at the preference of the donor. The Board of Trustees approved grants from donor-advised funds to meet emerging needs at the following organizations:

  • Ashland University
  • Buckeye Imagination Museum
  • Catholic Charities Richland County
  • Clear Fork FFA
  • Forgotten Felines
  • Friendly House
  • Habitat for Humanity of Richland and Crawford County
  • Hope Hollow
  • Humane Society of Richland County
  • Lifewise Academy
  • Lucas Community Center
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation
  • Mansfield City Schools
  • Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center
  • Monroe Township
  • Ohio State University – Mansfield
  • Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
  • Richland Community Development Group
  • Rich Pond Baptist Church
  • Richland Veteran Mentor Program
  • St. Anne’s Terrace
  • Taking Root Farms
  • The New Store
  • Wayfinders Ohio
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