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WCCF Announces 2018 Fall Competitive Grants

November 28, 2018

The Wayne County Community Foundation (WCCF) Board of Trustees met in November and approved grant awards for the Fall competitive grant cycle. Fourteen organizations were awarded grants totaling $199,450 from some of the Foundation’s named community and field of interest funds:

Beacon Hill Academy received a $2,000 grant from the Edward, Arlene & Kaye Maibach Community Fund for Beacon Art Afternoons, an after-school program to provide students the opportunity to learn about and create art.

Boys and Girls Club of Wooster received a $10,000 grant from the WCCF General Fund for Teen Extension, an extension site/club located at Wooster High School and open to all students in grades 8-12.  

Christian Children's Home of Ohio received a grant totaling $8,000 from the Beaverson Foundation Community Fund, the Leonard Schnell Community Fund, and the William A. Foll, Sr. and Patricia K. Foll Community Fund for volleyball nets and wall pads for their new Children’s Leadership & Recreation Center being constructed on the CCHO campus as part of The Promise Project capital campaign.

The College of Wooster received a $5,000 grant from the Charles R. and Henrietta Yenne Fund for the AMRE (Applied Methods Research Experience) Community Collaboration Fund to provide AMRE funding for nonprofit clients.

Community Legal Aid Services received a grant totaling $10,000 from the Jeanne Heise Adams Community Fund, the Lillian Steiner Community Fund, the Nolan and Elsie Hite Community Fund, and the WCCF Trustees Community Fund for the Wayne County 2019 Housing Stability Project to provide critical legal services to low-income and elderly Wayne County residents whose housing is threatened.

The Hearing Loss Association of America Orrville-Wooster Chapter received a $2,200 grant from the Paul Leckrone Memorial Fund to provide CART Captioning Services for the HLAA Orrville-Wooster Chapter meetings, to help people and families with hearing loss enhance their understanding and engagement during the meetings.

LifeCare Hospice received a grant totaling $20,000 from an anonymous community fund, the Earle and Ann Klosterman Family Community Fund, and the John Kaylor Memorial Fund to purchase and operate a LifeCare Hospice Mobile Care Unit equipped to provide high-quality, comfort-focused transportation services for LifeCare Hospice patients.     

Norwayne Local School District received a $3,250 grant from the Marjorie B. Newland Memorial Fund to purchase a MakerSpace Cart for the Norwayne Elementary School.  

The Orrville Area Boys & Girls Club received a $15,000 grant from the Carl E. Congdon, Jr. and Susanna Congdon McIntyre Memorial Fund to help provide privacy and protection through multiple outdoor projects, including a concrete deck with gardening planters and a fence.  

The Orrville YMCA Inc. received a $10,000 grant from the Carl E. Congdon, Jr. and Susanna Congdon McIntyre Memorial Fund to replace roof top HVAC units.

Wayne Center for the Arts received a $25,000 grant from an anonymous community fund and the Florence L. Rice Community Fund for an auditorium renovation to create a usable cultural space for the community.

Wayne County Agricultural Society received a grant totaling $34,000 from an anonymous community fund, the Florence L. Rice Community Fund, and the John G. Taggert Community Fund for the construction of a Junior Fair Livestock and Event Center at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

Wayne County Fire & Rescue Association received a $25,000 grant from the John Kaylor Memorial Fund for the completion of their Educational Building, as part of their C.H.I.E.F. Campaign (Community Helping Instructors Educate Firefighters).

The YMCA of Wooster received a $30,000 grant from the William A. Foll, Sr. and Patricia K. Foll Community Fund to complete their parking lot project.

The WCCF is a not-for-profit charitable community organization established in 1978 to accept contributions, create and administer funds, and make grants for the benefit of the people of the greater Wayne County area. Since 1978, the Foundation has awarded more than $72 million in the form of grants and scholarships from its 435 separate funds.

Community and Field-of-Interest funds permit the WCCF Board of Trustees to be responsive to the changing needs of the community. Donations to these funds by individuals, families, businesses and service organizations will increase the amount available for grants each year. Contact Sara Patton, WCCF Executive Director, for more information.

Competitive grant applications from nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organizations should be submitted by March 1 and September 1 each year. The grant guidelines and online application are available at www.waynecountycommunityfoundation.org.

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