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Erie County grants awarded

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The Erie County Community Foundation announces the completion of its Round 2, 2017 community grants cycle.

Funding for these grants was made possible as the result of another major grant to the foundation from the Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation, as well as through the generous support of many donors in the community. The Round 2 grants have resulted in $106,042 being awarded to 25 local, non-profit organizations.

Grants were awarded to organizations in Edison, Huron, Margaretta, Perkins, Sandusky and Vermilion. Many of the grants were awarded to organizations that serve all of Erie County.

In the category of youth services, grants were awarded to:

• Boys and Girls Club of Erie County - $8,770 for roof top air handling unit

• Leadership Erie County - $5,000 for Nehemiah Center capital improvement project

In the category of social services, grants were awarded to:

• Care and Share of Erie County, $5,000 for food pantry

• Catholic Charities - Diocese of Toledo, $2,300 for Crisis Navigator supplies

• Firelands Habitat for Humanity, $5,000 for handicap accessible Habitat house

• Heartbeat of Sandusky - $4,000 for gutter and downspout replacement

• Salvation Army, $2,500 for turkeys for Christmas food baskets

• Second Harvest Food Bank - $8,000 for food pantry

• Stein Hospice Service - $2,500 for special needs program

• Zion Lutheran Church, $2,000 for community Thanksgiving Day dinner

In the category of community development, a grant was awarded to:

• Erie County Senior Center - $5,180 for office equipment

• Leadership Erie County - $5,000 for Salvation Army community playground project

• Main Street Vermilion, $1,309 for computer system and software

• Perkins Township Fire Department - $2,000 for residential smoke detectors

In the category of environment, a grant was awarded to:

• McBride Arboretum - $4,323 for butterfly water feature replacement

In the category of education, grants were awarded to:

• Edison Middle School - $2,500 for OSU Stone Lab field trip

• EHOVE Career Center adult education - $5,000 for student financial assistance

• Margaretta High School - $3,500 for girls softball field upgrade

• St. Mary Catholic School, Vermilion - $2,760 for STEM program

• St. Mary School PSO, Vermilion - $2,800 for safety fence along railroad tracks

In the category of arts and humanities, grants were awarded to:

• Edison Birthplace Association - $5,000 for electrical rewiring project

• Firelands Symphony Orchestra - $5,000 for 2018-2019 artistic expenses

• Milan Historical Museum - $2,900 for LED lighting for exhibits

• Sandusky Concert Association, $4,000 for Mirari Quintet Brass concert

• Sandusky Public Library - $2,500 for STEAM program

• Sandusky Public Library - $3,500 for Launchpad circulating collection

An additional $3,700 grant was awarded from the Access to Recreation Fund to the Boots to Grasses Therapeutic Horseman program for a horse and saddle.

The Erie County Community Foundation continues a tradition of mindful, effective grant making, addressing a variety of needs throughout the county. Each year, the foundation holds two grant cycles, in which the deadline for 2018 Round 1 grant applications is Feb. 1. In the 22 years since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $6 million to organizations in Erie County.

The Erie County Community Foundation is a publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to develop a permanent endowment, to identify and respond to community needs, and to facilitate charitable giving. For additional information or to make a donation, contact the foundation at 419-621-9690 or [email protected]

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