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Grants Approved Include De-Escalation Simulator & Repaving Bike Trail 

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $1,389,317 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:

~The City of Mansfield Police Department received a grant to help fund a MILO De-Escalation Simulator. The simulator will provide officers opportunities to practice de-escalation techniques with real-time feedback. Officers will use the simulator on a quarterly basis in addition to other training requirements. The MPD also will utilize the equipment for community outreach.

~Friends of the Richland County Park District received grants to resurface the Richland B&O Bike Trail. The project also includes erosion control, fencing, and bridge repairs. Richland County Regional Planning secured a state grant for the project which required a 10% local match.  

~The Greater Ohio Policy Center received a grant to help Mansfield and Richland County maximize funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. The GOPC facilitated a community conversation about the value of planning for ARPA funds. GOPC will review community plans and input to identify community priorities for the City of Mansfield and the county.

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

~Shelby YMCA was awarded a grant to build an outdoor recreation area which will include a basketball and sand volleyball court.

~Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Mansfield Playhouse, Downtown Mansfield Inc., Kingwood Center Gardens, Mansfield Art Center, and Richland Community Development Group received grants for marketing packages to facilitate Google Ad grants. RCF staff worked with Destination Mansfield to identify organizations that attract visitors to Richland County.

Two career technical education scholarships were approved for students to earn certifications and credentials at technical institutions. 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

Capital Research Center

Catalyst Life Services

City of Mansfield

Domestic Violence Shelter

Downtown Mansfield Inc.

First United Methodist Church

Friendly House

Friends of the Richland County Park District

Greater Ohio Policy Center

Judicial Watch

Kingwood Center Gardens

Leadership Institute

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum

Mansfield Area Y

Mansfield Art Center

Mansfield City Schools

Mansfield Playhouse

Mansfield-Richland County Third Grade Spelling Bee

North End Community Improvement Collaborative

North Central Ohio Land Conservancy

North Central State College Foundation

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Richland Community Development Group

Renaissance Performing Arts Association

Richland Academy of the Arts

Richland County Regional Planning Commission

Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District

Richland Veterans Mentor Program, Inc.

Salvation Army

St. Peter’s Parish

Waleska United Methodist Church

June 15, 2021

Summer Fun On the Way   

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $474,670 in grants during its April board meeting.  

Working in collaboration with the City of Mansfield, the Foundation approved grants for splash pads in Johns Park and North Lake Park. The project is supported by three funds at the Foundation: the unrestricted/community fund, Robert and Esther Black Family Foundation Fund, and the Fran and Warren Rupp Advised Fund.

The Foundation continues to support summertime programs focused on children.  The Summertime Kids Committee Chaired by Foundation Board of Trustee member Jotika Shetty along with members from the community awarded 20 Summertime Kid grants. The grants of up to $2,500 were given to support creative, educational, and fun-filled activities for hundreds of local children. 

A grant was made to Richland Community Development Group Art Sector to fund a new community project called the Tributary Reader. It is a journal of art, literature, and environment that will be printed twice a year.  

Five career technical education scholarships were approved for students to earn certifications and credentials at technical institutions. 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 following organizations received grants from donor-advised funds:

Buckeye Council of Boy Scouts of America

Camp Nuhop

Catalyst Life Services

City of Mansfield

City of Ontario Police Department

Domestic Violence Shelter

Downtown Mansfield Inc.

Emma Willard School

First Congregational Church

Friendly House

Friends of the Richland County Park District

Glimmerglass Festival

Grace Episcopal Church

Historic Saranac lake

Lucas Community Center

Madison Summer Baseball

Mansfield Art Center

Mansfield City Schools

Mansfield Community Playhouse

North Central Ohio Land Conservancy

North Central State College

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Richland Community Development Group

Richland Public Health

Reinhardt University

Renaissance Performing Arts

Shelby YMCA

St. Peter’s Church Music Series

The Trust for Public Land

Waleska United Methodist Church

Warren Rupp Observatory

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

 April 13, 2021

Children’s Summer Activities Supported by Grants

The Richland County Foundation is supporting summertime programs focused on children.  The Summertime Kids Committee Chaired by Foundation Board of Trustee member Jotika Shetty along with members from the community awarded $44,648 in Summertime Kid grants. The grants of up to $2,500 were given to support creative, educational, and fun-filled activities for hundreds of Richland County children. 

The Summertime Kids Committee wishes local children a very happy summer.

The following grants were approved:

Crestview Local Schools                                   Summer Art Enrichment

First English Lutheran Early Learning Center   Step Up the Beat

Flying Horse Farms                                           Richland County Camperships

Friendly House                                                 Summer Fun Program

K-City Childcare & Preschool                           Going for the Gold

Kingwood Center Gardens                               Cultivation Education

LifeCare Alliance                                              CODA Camp Programs

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum                   Mobile Imagination Stations

Mansfield Area Y                                             Serving Up Summer

Mansfield Art Center                                        S.T.E.A.M. into Multi-Media Camp

Ohio Bird Sanctuary                                        Nature Camp

Renaissance Performing Arts                          Camp Broadway

Richland County Park District                         Critter Camp

Shelby City Schools                                         Camp Invention

Shelby City Schools                                         Safety Town

STK grants funded via Field of Interest Funds:

Independent Living Center of NCO                A Summer of Books

Recreation Unlimited                                      Summer Camp

Richland Newhope                                          Campership Program

Salvation Army                                                Summer Zone

Zoe’ Learning Center                                      Summer Program

March 30, 2021

Charities Awarded Close to $1.8M in Grants

 The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $1,775,600 during its February meeting.  

Two competitive grants were approved by the board. One was awarded to the Domestic Violence Shelter to purchase a building to increase its bed capacity from 30 to 50 beds. Another grant was awarded to the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio to house Richland County families with a seriously ill child hospitalized at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 

Two career technical education scholarships were approved for students to earn certifications and credentials at technical institutions. 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.

Graduating high school seniors and current college students from Richland County are eligible to apply for college and career technical education scholarships.

New applicants including high school seniors must have at least a 2.5-grade point average (GPA), and returning applicants must have at least a 2.0 GPA, attend an accredited school, and be a resident of high school graduate of Richland County. The deadline for college scholarship applications is April 1.

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 following organizations received grants from donor-advised funds:
American Red Cross, Richland County
Brookwood School
Butler Clear Fork Adult Center
Catalyst Life Services
Cooperstown Food Pantry
Discovery School
Domestic Violence Shelter
Family Planning of South-Central New York
Family Service Association
Fenimore Art Museum
Firelands Symphony Orchestra
First Congregational Church
Friendly House
Friends of the Richland County Park District
Galion Community Center YMCA
Galion Historical Society
Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Habitat for Humanity of Richland & Crawford Counties
Harmony House
Hartwick College
Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Horse Rescue, Rehabilitation and Retirement Foundation
Humane Society of Richland County
Indian River Hospital Foundation
Lifeline of Ohio
Lighthouse Assembly of God Church
Lucas Community Center
Lucas Local Schools
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield Christian School
Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society
Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring
Nature Conservancy
North Central Ohio Land Conservancy
North End Community Improvement Collaborative
Ocean Conservancy
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Ohio Environmental Council
hioHealth Mansfield Hospice
Ohio State University Foundation
Ohio Heartland Community Action Center
Old Growth Forest Network
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Resurrection Parish
Salvation Army
Shelby Helpline Ministries
Sierra Club Foundation
Springbrook Foundation
United Way of Crawford County
United Way of Richland County 

The board allocated grants from donor-designated and agency funds. Agency Funds are established by charitable organizations and can be endowed or non-endowed. The agency benefits from the Foundation’s professional asset management, which allows the agency’s staff and board to focus on providing services to their constituents.

Designated Funds provide annual support to the charities selected by the donor. They offer the added benefit that if the organization ceases to exist; the Foundation has the responsibility to ensure that the donor's original intent is met in seeking new suitable organizations.  

The board approved grants from donor-designated and agency funds to the following organizations:
AA/Mansfield Intergroup
American Guernsey Foundation
American Red Cross
Ashland University
Buckeye Council Boy Scouts of America
Catalyst Life Services
Center for Individual and Family Services
Children’s Dyslexia Center
Children’s Theatre Foundation
Clear Fork Valley Foundation
Community Action for Capable Youth
Discovery School
Domestic Violence Shelter
Downtown Mansfield Inc.
First Christian Church, Mansfield
First Congregational Church
Friendly House Association
Friends of Richland County Park District
Habitat for Humanity Richland County
Hospice of North Central Ohio
Kingwood Center Gardens
Lucas Local Schools
Malabar Farm Foundation
Mansfield Richland Public Library
Mansfield 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Mansfield Area Y
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield Aviation Club
Mansfield Cancer Foundation
Mansfield Cancer Foundation – Pat Kracker
Mansfield Christian School
Mansfield City Schools
Mansfield Memorial Homes
Mansfield Playhouse
Mansfield Police Department
Mansfield Rotary Club Foundation, Inc.
Mansfield/Richland Public Library
Methodist Theological Seminary
North Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association
North Central Ohio Land Conservancy
North Central State College
North Central State College Foundation
North End Community Improvement Collaborative
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Ohio Genealogical Society
OhioHealth Foundation
OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital
Ohio State College of Medicine
Ohio State University – Mansfield
Ontario Local Schools
Ontario Police Department
OSU/NCSC Photo Arts Programs
Pioneer Career and Technology Center
Renaissance Performing Arts Association
Renaissance Theatre
Richard David Gardner Fund
Richland Academy of the Arts
Richland Carrousel Park
Richland Community Development Group
Richland County Children Services
Richland County Historical Society
Richland County Museum
Richland County Sheriff’s Office
Richland Newhope Center
Richland Newhope Industries
Richland Pregnancy Services
Salvation Army
St. John’s Church
The New Store
Third Street Family Health Services
Trapshooting Hall of Fame Inc.
United Way of Richland County
University Club
Volunteers of America

February 12, 2021

COVID Grants and Other Projects Funded by RCF

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $254,038 in grants during its December meeting.

The Board of Trustees approved COVID-19 pandemic grants to the following organizations:
Grace Episcopal Church for a hoop house for its winter food distribution
Harmony House for roof repairs
Love in the Name of Christ for a copier
Madison Local Schools for Final Forms and a nurse

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees redirected its Unrestricted/Community Fund to meet emerging needs. To date, a total of $743,902 has been awarded for COVID-19 Relief in the community. That total includes the funding from the Foundation's Community Fund, Donor-Advised Funds, $100,000 from Richland County Job and Family Services, and $37,742 raised online via a special COVID-19 Relief edition of Richland Gives in early May.

As part of the Mansfield Rising Plan, the Foundation approved a grant for a façade improvement program to Downtown Mansfield Inc. The Mansfield City Council also approved funding for the façade program through its Downtown Improvement Board which receives fund from the license plate fee.   

Mansfield Rising is a citizen led plan backed by the Foundation to continue the revitalization of downtown Mansfield. For more details go to richlandcountyfoundation.org and click the Community Impact tab. 

Seven career technical education scholarships were approved during the meeting. The Foundation has experienced a 75% increase for CTE scholarships this year. The increase is attributed to better communication with the schools and changes made to the criteria. Those changes included the elimination of the full-time student requirement and adjusted deadlines for career technical school scholarships. For more details on scholarships go to richlandcountyfoundation.org. 

The Board of Trustees also approved donor-advised fund grants to meet emerging needs to the following organizations:

33 Forever, Inc.

American Red Cross

Avon Theater

Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center

Boy Scout Troop 121

Catholic Charities

City of Mansfield Community Development

Discovery School

Domestic Violence Shelter

Downtown Mansfield Inc.

Freedom Ridge Church

Friendly House

Friends of Gorman Nature Center

Grace Episcopal Church

Harmony House

Humane Society of Richland County

Kingwood Center Gardens

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum

Love in the Name of Christ

Malabar Farm Foundation

Mansfield Area YMCA

Mansfield Art Center

Mansfield Christian School

Mansfield Community Playhouse

Mary McLeod Bethune Intervening & Enrichment Center

Mid-Ohio Guardianship Services, Inc.

North Central Ohio Land Conservancy

North End Community Improvement Collaborative

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Plymouth Improvement Committee

Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Richland Community Development Center

Richland Early American Center for History

Reinhardt University

Renaissance Performing Arts Association

Richland Academy of the Arts

Richland Area Educational Chamber Foundation

Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District

Salvation Army

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building

Starfish Project of Richland County

Third Street Family Health Services

Visual Bucket List Foundation

 December 21, 2020

COVID-19 Emerging Needs Are Funded 

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $863,328 in grants to area nonprofit agencies during its October meeting.

The Foundation expanded its COVID-19 Rapid Relief efforts to help protect local nonprofits. The operating revenue for many charities has been decimated by the effects of the pandemic. A Community Engagement Team made up of people working in the health and human services sectors meets every two weeks to make grant recommendations.


Catholic Charities has experienced an increase in applications for rental assistance. The board approved a grant to help meet the need.

The Little Buckeye Children’s Museum which has remained closed since mid-March received a grant for emergency operational support.

The Mansfield Art Center reduced staff, rentals, canceled special events, and limited access to the building during the pandemic and received a grant for emergency operational support.

Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center reduced staff and the number of horses during the pandemic and received a grant for emergency operational support.

To date, a total of $714,032 has been awarded for COVID-19 Relief in the community. That total includes the funding from the Foundation's Community Fund, Donor-Advised Funds, $100,000 from Richland County Job and Family Services, and $37,742 raised online via a special COVID-19 Relief edition of Richland Gives in early May.
Nine career technical education scholarships were approved during the meeting. The Foundation has experienced a 75% increase for CTE scholarships this year. The increase is attributed to better communication with the schools and changes made to the criteria last year. Those changes included elimination of the full-time student requirement and adjusted due dates for career technical school scholarships. For more details on scholarships go to richlandcountyfoundation.org.

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

Bruce Museum
Citizens Against Government Waste
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Crawford County Partnership for Education and Economic Development
Freedom Ridge Church
Friends of Gorman Nature Center
Humane Society of Richland County
Knox Technical Center
Lucas Community Center
Madison Adult Education
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield Playhouse
Mansfield Rotary Club Foundation
Media Research Center
NAMI Mansfield
Naples Community Hospital – Center for Philanthropy
North End Community Improvement Collaborative
North Central Ohio Industrial Museum
Nuhop Center for Experiential Learning
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Ohio Environmental Council
Plymouth Area Historical Society
Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools
Rails to Trails of Wayne County
Reinhardt University
Resurrection Parish
Richland Academy of the Arts
Richland Public Health
Shelby YMCA
United Way of Richland County

October 14, 2020 

Local Teachers Receive Education Grants

The Richland County Foundation awarded $61,659 in educational program grants for the upcoming school year to local teachers for their creative or supplemental programs not covered by school funding.

The Teacher Assistance Program grants are given to K-12 teachers in public or private Richland County schools to encourage them to develop new programs, projects, or events for their classrooms.  The following grants were selected by a committee comprised of Richland County Foundation board members, former teachers, and community volunteers.

Abraxas School of Ohio

Academic & Career Readiness Resources

Abraxas School of Ohio

Tiered Instruction & Intervention for Struggling Readers

Abraxas School of Ohio

Culturally Responsive Novels in the Diverse ELA Classroom

Abraxas School of Ohio

Special Education Resources

Clear Fork Bellville Elementary

Multicultural Novels Study

Clear Fork Bellville Elementary

Integrated Novel Study

Crestview High School

Anatomy & Forensic Skeleton Models

Crestview High School

Environmental Plastic Pollution Study

Crestview High School

Aeronautics STEAM Community Outreach

Lexington Central Elementary

One Big Happy Family

Lexington Central Elementary

STEM Snap Circuits

Lexington Eastern Elementary

4th Grade Science - Maker Maven STEM Bags

Madison High School

Robotics Club

Madison High School

Musicianship through score study

Madison Middle School

Structural Engineering

Madison Middle School

Talking Books

Madison South Elementary

SnapWords

Mansfield Malabar Intermediate 

Adapted Physical Education

Mansfield Malabar Intermediate 

6th Grade Science Fair

Mansfield Middle School

Simple Solutions - 8th Grade Math

Mansfield Middle School

Simple Solutions

Mansfield Middle School

Emotional Disturbance/Behavior Unit

Mansfield Middle School

SIMPLE SOLUTIONS

Mansfield Senior High School

Intellectual Disabilities High School Resource

Mansfield Senior High School

Cooking at Home Assignments

Mansfield Senior High School

Gizmos Lab

Mansfield Sherman Elementary

Reading Success, Scholastic News & Science Spin

Mansfield Spanish Emersion

Raz-Plus/Science

Mansfield Springmill STEM 

Hands-on STEM

Mansfield Springmill STEM

STEM building and exploration

Mansfield Springmill STEM

Build and Learn STEM

Mansfield Springmill STEM

Global Challenges Project-Based STEM

Mansfield Springmill STEM

STEM activity labs and books

Mansfield Springmill STEM

Fairy Tales STEAM

Mansfield Springmill STEM

Read Aloud STEM

Mansfield Woodland Elementary

3rd Grade Math

Mansfield Woodland Elementary

Studying STEM Stations

Ontario Middle School

STEM Bins

Ontario Middle School

Calm Surroundings

Ontario Stingel Elementary

Guided Reading

Richland School of Academic Arts

Maneuvering the Middle Math Curriculum

Richland School of Academic Arts

Reading Technology and Intervention System

Richland School of Academic Arts

Creative Space for Imaginations

Richland School of Academic Arts

Starbooks Cafe #2

Richland School of Academic Arts

Classroom Reading Support

Richland School of Academic Arts

Guided Reading Intervention Program

Richland School of Academic Arts

ESGI/RAZ-Kids

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Rules for Robots

Shelby Dowds Elementary

Take Home Grief Bags

Shelby Dowds Elementary

Word Work Workshop

Shiloh Middle School

Shiloh Middle School Robotics Team

Temple Christian

Math Advancements

Temple Christian

Classroom Reading Support

Temple Christian

Spanish language learning

August 26, 2020

 

Foundation Funds Second Round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

In its second round of grants, the Richland County Foundation COVID-19 Rapid Response initiative awarded $55,760 in grants to Richland County Youth and Family Council and Area Agency on Aging. 

To date, a total of $454,727 has been awarded for COVID-19 Relief in the community. That total includes the funding from the Foundation's Community Fund, Donor-Advised Funds, and $100,000 from Richland County Job and Family Services, and $37,742 raised online via a special COVID-19 Relief edition of Richland Gives.

A matching 1:1 grant was awarded to the Richland County Youth and Family Council for its COVID-19 Relief Fund. Assistance will be provided to single adults, couples without minor children and those over the age of 60 and have experienced a job loss or wage reduction related to the pandemic. The assistance will be given to people who apply and meet certain criteria such as an income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  Richland County Job and Family Services has additional programs and funds to assist families with children.  

The Area Agency on Aging received a grant to deliver meals to people in need between the ages of 50 and 59. 

The Foundation believes that generosity has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad. A global threat like COVID-19 affects more than just the infected. It is a time to come together to drive a spike of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for our community and nonprofits in Richland County.  

To support this effort, we encourage donors to contribute to the Community Fund /donate. Any Community Fund gifts received throughout 2020 will be used to assist nonprofits directly impacted by COVID-19.

In addition, Donor Advised Fund grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Avon Theater Film Center - Scholarships

Catalyst Life Services – General Support

Community Health Access Project (CHAP) – Basic Needs for Babies

Denison University - Annual Campaign

Discovery School – General Support

Friends of the Black Fork – General Support

Healthnetwork – General Support

Idea Works – Entrepreneurs’ Kitchen

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum – General Support

Mansfield Playhouse – General Support

Ohio Bird Sanctuary – General Support

Ohio State University Foundation – COVID-19 Support for the Medical Center

Richland County Veteran Mentoring Program – Yoga for Veterans

Worthington Township – Hitchman Park Playground

May 5, 2020

Foundation Funds COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees has redirected its Unrestricted/Community Fund to meet emerging needs. The Community Fund will provide grants for health and human services on a rolling basis to nonprofit organizations in Richland County.

To support this effort, we encourage donors to contribute to the Community Fund /donate. Any Community Fund gifts received throughout 2020 will be used to assist nonprofits directly impacted by COVID-19.

The Foundation believes that generosity has the power to unite and heal communities in good times and bad. A global threat like COVID-19 affects more than just the infected. It is a time to come together to drive a spike of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for our community and nonprofits in Richland County.  

This week COVID-19 Rapid Response grants funded from the Community Fund and Donor-Advised Funds to the following organizations:   

American Red Cross for general support

Ashland Community Foundation for its Emergency Fund

Avita Health Foundation for personal protective equipment and general support

Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center for meat in its food pantry

Catalyst Life Services for personal protective equipment, telehealth and tech support

Community Foundation of Otsego County for its COVID Fund

Domestic Violence Shelter for general support

Grace Episcopal Church for its outdoor food pantry and food

Mansfield Area Y for general support

OhioHealth Foundation for lodging for frontline healthcare providers

Salvation Army for general support

Other grants awarded were for summer internships and programming to the following organizations:

Catholic Charities

Children’s Cupboard Inc.

City of Mansfield Community Development

Friends of the Gorman Nature Center

Kingwood Center Gardens

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum

Mansfield Area Y

Mansfield Art Center

Mary McLeod Bethune Intervening and Enrichment Center

North End Community Improvement Collaborative

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Renaissance Performing Arts Association

Richland Academy of the Arts

Richland Community Development Group

Salvation Army

Other grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Mansfield Art Center for its building fund

Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center for its general fund

Waleska United Methodist Church for general support

A Career Technical Education scholarship was awarded this week. The CTE scholarships are reviewed and awarded on a rolling deadline to better meet the needs of students.

April 16, 2020

Mansfield Rising Allocated $1.5M Over Five Years

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved a five-year, $1.5M investment plan for Mansfield Rising projects during its February meeting. This year money was allocated to encourage downtown development, improve facades on existing businesses, increase the number of public facilities, public art, and free public Wi-Fi. Future investments are for wayfinding, linear parks and multi-use public spaces for gathering.   

 "The 5-year budget allows us to work with the Mansfield Rising Committee to formalize a road map of opportunity," Foundation President Brady Groves said. 

The vision is for Mansfield to become an optimal place to conduct business, gather and live. The plan has 39 projects and the Foundation is seeking collaborators and partners in all these projects. 

This is a plan for any organization, business, citizen, or group looking to get involved. In order to be successful, this must be a comprehensive effort. The execution phase needs to be just as collaborative as the development one.  

Costs range from sweat equity to millions of dollars. The Foundation will continue to lead, convene, guide, and fund efforts that support this plan. It will be implemented at various speeds and through various organizations with a result of a better downtown.    

Mansfield Rising projects funded by several organizations in 2019 were a community-wide branding effort and a mid-block crosswalk on West Fourth Street that included additional traffic calming measures. The Mansfield Rising committee knew community branding was the logical first step to take in order to move forward with all the other projects to follow. The committee meets monthly to review progress.

The funders for 2019 projects were the Foundation, the City of Mansfield, Destination Mansfield, Mechanics Bank, Richland Bank, OhioHealth, Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, Richland County Commissioners and Richland County Regional Planning.

In 2018, the City of Mansfield passed a $5 license plate tax to fund projects in downtown Mansfield between Sixth and First Streets (north and south) and Adams and Bowman Street (east and west.) It is expected to raise about $220,000 annually over the next 12 years for a total of over $2.5M.  

To review the plan, go to /community-impact/mansfield-rising

February 11, 2020

Foundation approves over $2.3M in grants to nonprofits

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $2,315,102 during its February meeting. 

The Foundation will celebrate its 75th Anniversary this year with free community events throughout Richland County. Grants were awarded to various nonprofit organizations to host free events.  Details on how to attend the free events will be released in April. 

The Board approved a five-year, $1.5M investment plan for Mansfield Rising projects. This year money has been allocated to encouraging downtown development, improve facades on existing businesses, increase the number of public restrooms, public art, and free public Wi-Fi. The Foundation is seeking partners to help fund and work on Mansfield Rising projects. To review the entire Mansfield Rising Plan click here: https://adobe.ly/2NssFMH

Four career technical education scholarships were approved for students to earn certifications and credentials at technical institutions. 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 deadline for college scholarship applications is April 1.  

Three competitive grants were awarded:
Flying Horse Farms for Summer Camp for children with serious illnesses
Raemelton Equestrian Center for equine-based therapy scholarships
Women’s Fund for an endowment campaign 

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 following organizations received grants from donor-advised funds:

Altrusa Club of Mansfield
American Red Cross
Ashland University
Avita Health System Foundation
Capital Research Center
Catalyst Life Services
Catholic Charities
Domestic Violence Shelter
First Congregational Church
Friendly House
Harmony House
Humane Society of Richland County
Judicial Watch
Leadership Institute
Lifeline of Ohio
Lucas Community Center
Lucas Local Schools
Madison Summer Baseball League Inc.
Mansfield Area Y
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield Christian School
Mansfield Rotary Club
Mansfield Richland County Public Library
Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring
MIT Cambridge
Nature Conservancy
Neos
OhioHealth MedCentral Health System
Ontario Police Department
Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Richland Community Development Group
Richland County Habitat for Humanity
Salvation Army
Shelby Helpline Ministries
United Way of Richland County
Western Reserve Academy
Willard Church of the Nazarene

The board allocated grants from donor-designated and agency funds. Agency Funds are established by charitable organizations and can be endowed or non-endowed. The agency benefits from the Foundation’s professional asset management, which allows the agency’s staff and board to focus on providing services to their constituents.

Designated Funds provide annual support to the charities selected by the donor. They offer the added benefit that if the organization ceases to exist; the Foundation has the responsibility to ensure that the donor's original intent is met in seeking new suitable organizations.  

The following organizations received grants from donor-designated and agency funds:
AA/Mansfield Intergroup
American Guernsey Foundation
American Red Cross
Ashland University
Buckeye Council Boy Scouts of America
Catalyst Life Services
Center for Individual and Family Services
Children’s Dyslexia Center
Children’s Theatre Foundation
Clear Fork Valley Foundation
Community Action for Capable Youth
Discovery School
Domestic Violence Shelter
Downtown Mansfield Inc.
First Christian Church, Mansfield
First Congregational Church
Friendly House Association
Friends of Gorman Nature Center
Habitat for Humanity Richland County
Hospice of North Central Ohio
Kingwood Center Gardens
Lucas Local Schools
Malabar Farm Foundation
Mansfield Richland Public Library
Mansfield 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church
Mansfield Area Y
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield Aviation Club
Mansfield Cancer Foundation
Mansfield Cancer Foundation – Pat Kracker
Mansfield Christian School
Mansfield City Schools
Mansfield Memorial Homes
Mansfield Playhouse
Mansfield Police Department
Mansfield Rotary Club Foundation, Inc.
Mansfield/Richland Public Library
Methodist Theological Seminary
North Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Association
North Central Ohio Land Conservancy
North Central State College
North Central State College Foundation
North End Community Improvement Collaborative
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Ohio Genealogical Society
OhioHealth Foundation
OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital
Ohio State College of Medicine
Ohio State University – Mansfield
Ontario Local Schools
Ontario Police Department
OSU/NCSC Photo Arts Programs
Pioneer Career and Technology Center
Renaissance Performing Arts Association
Renaissance Theatre
Richard David Gardner Fund
Richland Academy of the Arts
Richland Carrousel Park
Richland County Children’s Services
Richland County Historical Society
Richland County Museum
Richland Newhope Center
Richland Newhope Industries
Richland Pregnancy Services
Salvation Army
St. John’s Church
The New Store
Third Street Family Health Services
Trapshooting Hall of Fame Inc.
United Way of Richland County
University Club
Volunteers of America
Women’s Fund
Y Aware

February 11, 2020

Mansfield Rising Branding Project Funded by RCF

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $524,558 in grants during its December meeting. 

As part of the Mansfield Rising Plan, the Foundation approved a grant to spearhead a community branding effort. The grant was awarded to Richland Community Development Group to hire Cubic Creative of Tulsa, OK to research and collect data to build an authentic brand story. The Mansfield Rising team determined a cohesive powerful and positive story will foster economic development efforts, tourism, talent attraction and build civic pride. 

Other organizations funding the branding project are Destination Mansfield, Richland Area Chamber of Commerce, Mechanics Bank, Richland Bank, and the Richland County Commissioners. 

Mansfield Rising is a citizen led plan backed by the Foundation to continue the revitalization of downtown Mansfield. For more details go to richlandcountyfoundation.org and click the Community Impact tab. 

Other community grants approved by the board of trustees are:

Junior Achievement to expand its programs in Richland County schools

Domestic Violence Shelter to hire a development director

Salvation Army to provide emergency social services to low-income residents

The Board of Trustees also approved other grants to meet emerging needs to the following organizations:

Alzheimer’s Association of Northwest Ohio

Ashland Schines Theater

Blue Rose Mission

Boy Scouts of America, Buckeye Council

Catalyst Life Services

Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo

City of Mansfield

Clear Fork Valley Foundation

Community Foundation of Otsego County

Cooperstown Food Pantry

Costeau Society

Crawford United Way

Discovery School

Domestic Violence Shelter

Family Planning of South Central New York

First Congregational Church

Friendly House

Friends of Gorman Nature Center

Funk Heritage Center

Galion Community Center YMCA

Galion Community Foundation

Harmony House

Healthnetwork Foundation

Humane Society of Richland County

Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio

Linden Road Presbyterian Church

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum

Love in the Name of Christ

Lucas Community Center

Malabar Farm Foundation

Mansfield Area Y

Mansfield Art Center

Mansfield Kiwanis Club

Mansfield Playhouse

Mansfield-Richland Area Educational Foundation

NAMI of Richland County

Nature Conservancy

North End Community Improvement Collaborative

NEOS

North Central Ohio Land Conservancy

North Central State College Foundation

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Ohio Genealogical Society

Ohio Heartland Community Action Center

Ohio State University Foundation

Old Growth Forest Network

Ontario Police Department Fund

Pathfinder Village Foundation

Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Richland Community Development Group

Renaissance Performing Arts

Richland Academy of the Arts

Richland Carrousel Park

Richland County Humane Society

Richland Pregnancy Services

Salvation Army

Soldiers and Sailors Museum

Southwest Little League

St. Peter’s Music Series

Supporters of Delnor Wiggins Park Inc.

Taking Root Farms

The Brookwood School

The Family Service Association

The Ocean Conservancy

The Springbrook Foundation

Triple 777 Ranch and Equine Rehab Facility

United Way of Ashland County

United Way of North Central Ohio serving Crawford County

United Way of Richland County

Visual Bucket List

Waleska United Methodist Church

Wayne Center for the Arts

December 10, 2019

Women’s Fund Announces the Largest Grant in its History

The Women’s Fund of the Richland County Foundation is excited to announce it has awarded its largest grant ever; $25,000 to Richland County Youth and Family Council for a childcare initiative. The grant was announced during the annual grant award luncheon held on November 13. The “Childcare Support for Step Up to Quality” grant will provide resources to local centers and in-home childcare providers so they can meet Ohio’s new Step Up to Quality standards. The goal is to retain and grow available high-quality childcare in the community. Richland County Job and Family Services provided matching funds of $25,000 for this initiative.

In its strategic plan, the Women’s Fund has committed three years of investment in making quality childcare affordable and accessible to all women. They decided to focus on childcare following a community survey and focus groups.  

The total amount awarded by the Women’s Fund this year is $32,293.82. Grants were awarded to the following agencies and programs:
Mansfield Art Center “Families Rising”
North Central State College Foundation “Essentials for Women Program”
Ohio State University at Mansfield “Voices for Change: A Student Leadership Conference”
Richland Astronomical Society “Astronomy for Girls”
Shelby High School for “GOLD Middle School Mentoring Program”

The Women’s Fund was established in 1996 as a permanent endowment to support programs that benefit women and girls in our community. The fund has grown to over $1.4 million and has now awarded almost $411,000 in grants impacting hundreds of lives.

The Women’s Fund also announced the JoAnn Dutton Volunteer Community Service Award winner; Pam Siegenthaler. Siegenthaler served as the president of the Richland County Foundation for 16 years, retiring in 2010. She currently is the chairwoman for the Third Street Family Health Services Board. She served on the Mansfield City School Board and the Ohio State University Mansfield Advisory Board. She has led the downtown beautification project in Mansfield, volunteers at The New Store and is a literacy mentor at Hedges and Prospect Elementary Schools.

The award was named in honor of JoAnn Dutton, former executive director of the Mansfield YWCA. It celebrates and honors women who devote a significant amount of time and energy in a meaningful way to local charitable organizations.

November 13, 2019

Foundation Funds Community Projects and Emerging Needs

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $700,429 in grants to area nonprofit agencies during its October meeting.

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary received a grant to build a treehouse that will be accessible to students and visitors with physical disabilities. OBS will partner with Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters to design and build the new outdoor classroom which will include a bridge into the tree canopy.

Other nonprofits that received grants for projects and programs from the community and field of interest funds that are impacting area residents include:

-Catholic Charities to provide individual assistance.

-Dayspring Assisted Living for an emergency exit ramp.

-Richland Public Health for fluoride treatment and dental health education.

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

Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center

Community Action for Capable Youth

Catholic Charities

Crawford Partnership for Education and Economic Development

Children’s Cupboard

City of Mansfield Community Development

Dayspring

Downtown Mansfield Inc.

Fenimore Art Museum

Glimmerglass Festival

Gorman Nature Center

Grace Episcopal Church

Habitat for Humanity of Richland and Crawford Counties

Harmony House

Idea Works

Kingwood Center Gardens

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum

Lucas Community Center

Mankind Murals

Mansfield Area Y

Mansfield Art Center

Mansfield City Schools

Mid-Ohio Opera

North End Community Improvement Collaborative

Neos Dance Theatre

North Central Ohio Industrial Museum

Ohio Bird Sanctuary

Ohio Environmental Council

Ohio Genealogical Society

Ohio State University Foundation

Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio

Richland Community Development Group

Resurrection Parrish

Richland Academy of the Arts

Richland Astronomical Society

Richland County Soil and Water Conservation District

Richland Newhope Industries

Rotary Club Foundation

Salvation Army

Shadowcliff Retreat Center

Shelby Helpline Ministries

The Trust for Public Land

Visual Bucket List Foundation

October 15, 2019

Board of Trustees Awards over $300,000 in Grants 

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $304,278 in grants to area nonprofit organizations during its August meeting. 

The board reviewed the $52,561 education 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 following teachers received grants:

Clear Fork Valley Schools:

Jessica Wend               Microscopes and Science Supplies

Rich Hoover                 Ohio State Reformatory Field Trip

Rebecca Clapp            Classroom Library

Crestview Local Schools:

Dwight Souder            Aeronautics STEAM

Robin Dawson             DNA Kits

Christy Walter             Read, Explore, Write!

Lexington Local Schools:

Alyssa Crist                  Classroom Library

Lindsey Brokaw           Lego’s and Building Blocks

Cara Pelphrey             Science Discovery Bins

Madison Local Schools

Cheryl Belcher            Lego Simple Machines

Craig Green                 Music Sight Reading

Christine Elder            VEX Robotics

Heather Reynolds        Behavior Management and Social Skills

Mansfield Christian School:

Craig Klotzbach           Surface Water Research

Mansfield City Schools:

Carmen Egner             Math Supplies

Cynthia Colvin             Arts Integration

Heidi Payne                 Classroom Library

Janet Weithman          Scholastic News

Jennie Norman            Gizmo Subscription

Kathy Edwards            Time for Kids and Scholastic News

Kathy Kranch               Social Studies Resource Boxes

Maria Aivaliotis           On-Site History Field Trips

Melissa Vogt               STEM and Literacy Library

Nancy Niedermier      Family Engagement Packs

Sarah Schonauer         Rhyme Time Hot Spot Station

Sherry Vaught             Science Seasons

Stephanie Uhde          Soil Test Kits

Thomas Blike              International Buffet

Wendy Doup               Class Library/Science Centers

Whitney Glorioso        KEEP Books

Robin Burkhardt          Fractured Fairytales

Edward Golden           African American Culture Study Book

Kathleen Heilman       Spanish World Cultures Music and Dance Supplies

Susan Johnson             Museum in a Box

Mansfield St. Mary:

Holly VanDyne            Lego Makerspace

Mid-Ohio Education Service Center:

Chris Jones                  Building Connections and Teamwork

Julie Pfeifer                 Classroom Library

Ontario Local Schools:

Autumn Barry             Feather Friends

Natasha Jolin               Scholastic Short Reads

Mindy Leach               Rooted in Reading

Zack Canfield              STEM Bins

Pioneer and Career Technology Center:

Dan Foss                      Cyber Patriot XII Competition

Robin Hager                Street Law I and II

Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools:

Nichole Carrier