Richland County Foundation Awards $2.2 Million In Grants

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Richland County Foundation Grants Meet Emerging Needs

MANSFIELD – The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $2,277,575 in grants to nonprofit organizations during its June meeting.

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

~A new security camera system for Mansfield Memorial Homes. The system will enhance existing security measures which include other cameras and guards patrolling the campus.

~ The Ohio State University at Mansfield will fully implement its Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree to meet emerging workforce needs for mechanical, electrical, industrial and robotics engineers. The grant will support the creation of a Connected Smart Manufacturing Lab at OSU-Mansfield.

~Richland Community Development Group received a grant for advertising and marketing of the newly created Richland County brand.

~Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center received a grant for equine-based therapy scholarships.

~Richland County Soil and Water Conservation District received a grant to help farmers implement nutrient management plans. The plans are an integral part of the H2Ohio program which seeks to limit the amount of fertilizer and livestock waste in rivers and lakes.

~Richland Public Health received a grant for a Pediatric AED Equipment and Education program. Automated external defibrillators (AED machines) will be placed in Richland County schools and athletic fields. Health Department staff will provide CPR training. According to Health Department data, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States for youth and adults.

~Third Street Family Health Services received a grant to purchase a mobile unit to provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and therapy for Substance Use Disorder to people where transportation is a barrier to access. The mobile unit will offer other health care services such as dental care and vaccinations.

The Board of Trustees approved $708,300 in college scholarships to 231 Richland County students. Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s financial need and grade point average. The average scholarship amount was $3,066.

In addition, the Board of Trustees awarded $11,500 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:

Akron Children’s Hospital

American Red Cross

Area Agency on Aging

Buckeye Council Boy Scouts of America

Catholic Charities

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Crawford Partnership Education/Economic

Denison University

Domestic Violence Shelter

Downtown Mansfield Inc.

Forgotten Felines

Friends of the Richland County Park District

Grace Episcopal Church

Hospice of North Central Ohio

Humane Society of Richland County

Loudonville-Perrysville School Foundation

Lucas Community Center

Mansfield Art Center

Mansfield City Schools

Mansfield Memorial Homes

Mansfield Rotary Club Foundation

Mid-Ohio Civic Opera

North Central Ohio Industrial Museum

North Central Ohio Land Conservancy

North Central State College

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

OSU Foundation on behalf of OSU-Mansfield

Pioneer Career & Technology Center

Renaissance Theatre

Richland Academy of the Arts

Richland Community Development Group

Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District

Richland Newhope Industries

Richland Public Health

Ronald McDonald House

Salvation Army – Mansfield


The Downtown Arts Theater

The Trust for Public Land

Third Street Family Health Services

United Way of North Central Ohio

Village of Bellville

The Board of Trustees voted to modify its gift acceptance policy to accept cryptocurrency.

About the Richland County Foundation The Richland County Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3, 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 the county’s citizens. Working together with donors, the Foundation meets important needs today and plans for a strong future. CONTACT: Maura Teynor, chief advancement officer, 419-525-3020

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