Richland County Foundation Awards Over $1.2M in Grants

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $1,245,388.50 in grants to area nonprofit organizations during its August meeting.

The board approved a grant to Richland Community Development Group (RCDG) to continue its economic development efforts through 2021.

In 2015 the Foundation initiated a $1.1 million, five-year Economic Development Investment Plan. RCF funded RCDG to fulfill the Business Retention and Expansion, Workforce Development and Business Attraction aspects of the plan. The original plan was to scale-back funding in 2019.

However, in 2016 RCDG merged with the Richland Area Chamber of Commerce. The new partnership is expected to improve the metrics to attract new businesses, strengthen workforce, retain existing businesses and help other communities like Shelby, Ontario and Bellville with economic development.

Richland County Job and Family Services provided $50,000 each year of the plan to help fund Workforce Development.

In addition to RCDG, the Foundation’s plan has provided funding for a scale-up program to help existing businesses grow, entrepreneurship related services and a community website, Richland Vital Signs, which tracks local economic indicators.

The board reviewed the $57,493 in educational program grants for the upcoming school year to local teachers for their creative or supplemental programs not covered by school funding. The grants were given to K-12 teachers in public and private Richland County schools to encourage them to develop new programs, projects, or events for their classrooms.


The Board of Trustees approved grants from donor advised funds to meet emerging needs at the following organizations:

American Red Cross                                       

Ashland Schine’s Theater Organization        

Ashland University

Brown University                                               

Capital Research Center

Clear Fork Schools

Colorado Rocky Mountain School          

Conservancy of SW Florida                 

Emma Willard School                                              

First Congregational Church               

Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches

Flying Horse Farms

Grace Episcopal Church, Mansfield OH

Harmony House

Historic Saranac Lake                            

Judicial Watch

Leadership Research Center

Lucas Community Center                                

Lucas Local Schools        

Mansfield Art Center

Mansfield City Schools

Mansfield Memorial Homes                        

NAMI, Cleveland OH

Naples Botanical Garden

North End Community Improvement Collaborative

Ohio State Reformatory                              

Ohio State University

Philanthropy Ohio

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio         

Plymouth Area Historical Society              

Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools                  

Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center    

Rails to Trails of Wayne County                      

Renaissance Theater                                 

Richland County Foundation                      

Richland Veteran Mentor Program, Inc.

Salvation Army                                

Shadowcliff Lodge                                         

St. Matthew’s House, Naples FL

Starfish Project of Richland Co.

Third Street Family Health Services

United Way

United Way Richland Co.

Village of Lexington

Youth Haven, Naples 


About the Richland County Foundation

The Richland County Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, was established in 1945 as a way for individuals to pool and invest their gifts for the long-term good of Richland County and its residents.

The Foundation helps people in Richland County give back to their community by investing their gifts for charity wisely so that grants can be made to improve the quality of life for all of the county’s citizens. Working together with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future.

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