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June Grant Awards Help Meet Emerging Needs

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
SoundWaters
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.

June 20, 2022

Grant Awarded to Homeless Pilot Program 

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $562,905 during its April meeting.

The Board of Trustees approved a grant from the Community Fund to Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) for a pilot program to address the needs of the homeless community and the ongoing development of downtown. Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, Richland County Job and Family Services, Richland County Commissioners, and DMI have partnered with the Mansfield Police Department to develop the program. A Homeless Response Team consisting of a behavioral health professional and a law enforcement officer will work together. The behavioral health professional will provide mental health and substance use disorder assessments and connect individuals with resources. The law enforcement officer will provide security and support. The program will begin May 1 and continue through June 30, 2023. Data will be collected and evaluated with a report for potential changes to the program by September 1.

A grant was awarded from the Board Discretionary Fund to the City of Mansfield – Community Development Department to create an incentive for downtown property owners to renovate the upper floors in buildings for additional apartments. The grant supports a project outlined in the Mansfield Rising Plan.

The Princess Endowment’s Field Strong Summer Youth Camp received a field of interest fund grant for summer programming. Volunteers will hold a summer camp for area youth in the former Hedges School building.

Four career technical education scholarships were approved for students to earn a certification at a technical institution. 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 allow 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
Catalyst
EHOVE
Friendly House
Friends of the Richland County Park District
Habitat for Humanity
Healthnetwork Foundation Inc.
Hospice of North Central Ohio
Kingwood Center Gardens
Lexington Baseball Softball Association
Little Buckeye Children’s Museum
Love INC.
Lucas Local Schools
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield Playhouse
Mary McLeod Bethune Intervention and Enrichment Center
North End Community Improvement Collaborative
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Renaissance Performing Arts
Richland Academy of the Arts
Richland County Soil & Water Conservation District
Richland Newhope Industries
Richland Pregnancy Services
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
Salvation Army – Dewald Community Center
United Way of Richland County
YMCA of North Central Ohio

April 11, 2022

Foundation Grants Help Meet Emerging Needs

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $3,617,687 during its February meeting.

Competitive, field of interest, and donor-advised fund grants approved by the board:

Akron Children’s Hospital Mansfield Location – Behavioral Health Center

The hospital will construct a building north of its current one on S. Trimble Road. It will house a Behavioral Health Center and will employ 20 staff by 2025. Richland County ranks highest in the Greater Akron Region for the number of children who have experienced two or more adverse childhood experiences in their lifetime.

City of Ontario – Inclusive Playground and Spray Park

Ontario is taking steps at Marshall Park to provide an inclusive playground and spray park for families. It will be constructed in 2022 to provide opportunities for able-bodied children to play alongside differently-abled children in a unique environment accessible to everyone.

OhioHealth Foundation – Mobile Mammography Unit

OhioHealth will purchase a new mobile mammography unit to provide mammograms in our area. Only 50% of eligible women receive a mammogram annually. The unit will bring care to women and remove a key barrier of accessibility.

Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio - Helping Hands Program

Families with a seriously ill child hospitalized at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus can stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their child receives treatment. In 2021, RMHC provided service to 67 Richland County families for a total of 521 nights. The grant will provide 250 nights of rest for Richland County families this year.

The Renaissance Theatre, Mansfield-Richland County Public Library, Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, and Idea+Works will collaborate to show three outdoor movies this summer in the green space by the theatre on Park Avenue West. This is a Mansfield Rising project and a grant from the Board Discretionary Fund will support it. 

Zoe’s Learning Center received a general support grant and Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center received a COVID-19 Rapid Response grant for general operating support.

One career technical education scholarship was approved for a student to earn a certification at a technical institution. 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 or 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:
Akron Children’s Hospital, Mansfield location
American Red Cross, Richland County
Ashland Schine Theatre
Ashland University
Bruce Museum
Catalyst Life Services
Catholic Charities
City of Ontario
Cooperstown Food Pantry
Discovery School
Domestic Violence Shelter
Downtown Mansfield Inc.
Family Planning of South-Central New York
Fenimore Art Museum
First Congregational Church
Friendly House
Friends of the Richland County Park District
Galion Community Center – YMCA
Glimmerglass
Grace Episcopal Church
Habitat for Humanity – Richland County
Harmony House
Helios Care
Humane Society of Richland County
Idea Works
Little Buckeye Children’s Museum
Mansfield Christian School
Mid-Ohio Civic Opera
Mid-Ohio Jazz Orchestra
Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring
Nature Conservancy
New Store
North Central Ohio Land Conservancy
North Central State College Foundation
North End Community Improvement Collaborative
Ocean Conservancy
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Ohio Environmental Council
Old Growth Forest Network
OhioHealth Foundation
Ohio Heartland Community Action Center
Pathfinder Village Foundation, Inc.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio
Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Renaissance Theatre
Richland Academy of the Arts
Richland Community Development Group
Richland County Commissioners – Dog Warden
Richland Pregnancy Services
Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio
Salvation Army, Mansfield
Shelby Help Line Ministries
Sierra Club Foundation
Sierra Club of Ohio
Springbrook Foundation
Supporters of Del-Nor Wiggins Park, Inc.
Trust for Public Land
United Way of Ashland County
United Way of Crawford County
United Way of Richland County
Wayne Center for the Arts

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 a new suitable organization.

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
Catholic Charities
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
Shelby Helpline Ministries
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 14, 2022

 

Richland County Foundation Funds a New Nursing Program

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $268,512 in grants during its December meeting.

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant

The Board of Trustees approved a COVID-19 Rapid Response grant to North Central State College Foundation to create a modified licensed practical nurse (LPN) program to increase the number of nurses. The pandemic created a nursing shortage locally and across the country. The new program will last six months instead of 10. The grant will support tuition, uniforms, transportation, and daycare for students in need. Since the start of the pandemic, the Foundation Board of Trustees directed resources to meet emerging needs.

Downtown Mansfield Inc. received two Mansfield Rising grants. One grant will fund a third round of new benches and trash cans. The other grant is to support the second year of the façade improvement program which has approved thirteen projects for funding.

Career Technical Education Scholarship

Two career technical education scholarships were approved during the meeting. 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 also approved donor-advised fund grants to meet emerging needs to the following organizations:
33 Forever
Akron Children’s Hospital
Altrusa Club of Mansfield
Catalyst Life Services
City of Mansfield
Discovery School
Domestic Violence Shelter
EdChoice Inc.
Friendly House
Harmony House
Heartwood Inc.
Highlands Nature Sanctuary
Killbuck Watershed Land Trust
Knox County Career Center
Lucas Local Schools
Madison Adult Education
Mansfield Area Y
Mansfield Christian School
Mansfield City Schools
Mansfield Playhouse
North Central Ohio Industrial Museum
North Central Ohio Land Conservancy
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Ohio Environmental Council
Ohio State University Foundation
Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Richland Community Development Group
Renaissance Theatre
Richland Academy of the Arts
Richland County Commissioners
Salvation Army
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Museum
St. Peter’s School
The New Store
United Way of Richland County

December 15, 2021

Women’s Fund Celebrates is 25th Anniversary
The Women’s Fund of the Richland County Foundation recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and awarded its annual grants.

The Women’s Fund, established in 1996 as a permanent endowment, has grown to over $2 million. The WF has awarded close to $484,000 in grants impacting hundreds of lives. The original founders were Linda Smith, Suzanne Davis, Dr. Erin Fain, Catherine Goldman, Carol Goldman, Edith Humphrey, Joanne Humphrey, Carol Payton, Bets Risser, and Suzanne Wilson. The founders were recognized and given a 25th-anniversary necklace to mark the occasion.

For the third year in a row, the WF awarded $25,000 to Richland County Youth and Family Council for the childcare initiative. RCYFC has matched the $25,000 each year of this project. In its strategic plan, the Women’s Fund is committed to making quality childcare affordable and accessible to all women.

This year the grant will continue the mentor program for in-home providers with a focus on early literacy development and social/emotional development. The pandemic has caused disruptions in children’s lives. The Childcare Committee reached out to Catalyst Life Services to engage their early childhood mental health staff to work with the YWCA to engage in-home providers in expanding the trauma training. The program will strengthen women economically by helping them learn business skills for their childcare operation.

Other grants were awarded to North End Community Improvement Collaborative for its Empower Me mentoring program, the Altrusa Club for buddy bags for homeless students, the Ohio State University at Mansfield for its Hand in Hand: Strategies for Resilience and Networking for Diverse Women program, Mansfield Senior High School Girls Volleyball Team for a nutrition program, Crossroads City Center for Girl Talk, Mansfield Area Y for Female Empowerment Self-Protection class, and Love on a Mission for its Fly Your Flag program.

The WF announced the JoAnn Dutton Volunteer Community Service Award. 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.

This year’s winner is Linda Smith. She served on the Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees, where she was the second woman to serve as chair, the Mansfield Area YMCA, Planned Parenthood, MedCentral Mansfield Hospital Auxiliary, Avita Health System, Park National Bank, and the Malabar Farm Foundation. 

But one of her most notable acts of volunteerism is the creation of the Women’s Fund. She wanted to direct funding in Richland County to empower women and girls. She did her research and brought together a group of women to start the Women’s Fund.

Nov. 16, 2021

Foundation Sets Up a Gift of Grain Fund and Awards Grants

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved setting up a new fund and $1,475,213 in grants to area nonprofit organizations during its October meeting.

A Gift of Grain Fund was established by the Board to accept donations from area farmers, and it provided an initial $15,000 to seed the fund. Farmers looking to minimize their tax liability and contribute to their community can donate crops to the Foundation at a local elevator. The Foundation will work in partnership with local farmers to award grants to agriculture-related nonprofit organizations such as 4H and FFA. Farmers should consult with their tax advisor to determine whether a donation of commodities is appropriate to their tax situation. For details on how to make a Gift of Grain, go to the “Giving” tab on richlandcountyfoundation.org.  

The Board awarded a grant to partially fund a senior housing complex planned by the Area Agency on Aging District 5. The funds used for this grant were the Community Fund and the Gorman Fund. The Ritter’s Run project on Ohio Street in Mansfield is a ranch-style apartment complex designed to serve low-income adults ages 55 and older. The handicap-accessible development will include support services, affordable rent, utilities, appliances, and off-street parking.

The Board approved a grant from a donor-advised fund to Catholic Charities for two of its programs; the 3E program, Empower, Encourage and Engage, and Adult Advocacy Services. The 3E program assists individuals to overcome barriers to employment. Adult Advocacy Services provides guardianship services to older adults who have been deemed incompetent, have a diagnosed incapacity, and do not have family members to advocate on their behalf to protect them against abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

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

American Red Cross
Area Agency on Aging District 5
Backcountry Concerts, Inc.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo
Crestview Local School District
City of Mansfield
Forgotten Felines of Richland County
Friends of the Richland County Park District
Heaven’s Gait Therapeutic Riding
Humane Society of Richland County
Idea Works
Kingwood Center Gardens
Little Buckeye Children’s Museum
Lucas Community Center
Madison Adult Education
Madison Local School District
Make-A-Wish Foundation
Mansfield Area Y
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield City Schools
Mary McLeod Bethune Intervention and Enrichment Center
Mid-Ohio Civic Opera
Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center
Monroe Township
North End Community Improvement Collaborative
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Ohio Genealogical Society
Ohio State University – Mansfield
Pioneer Career and Technology Center
Plymouth Area Historical Society
Project One
Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Reinhardt University
Renaissance Performing Arts
Resurrection Parish
Richland Academy of the Arts
Richland County Soil and Water Conservation District
St. Peter’s Parish and School
Shelby YMCA
Soldiers and Sailors Museum
Village of Bellville
Waleska United Methodist Church

October 12, 2021

Foundation Awards Over $1.1M in Grants

The Richland County Foundation Board of Trustees approved $1,147,667 in grants to nonprofit organizations during its August meeting. 

The Foundation awarded $531,300 in scholarships for the 2021-22 school year to Richland County students. Scholarships are awarded based on a student’s financial need and grade point average. 

A grant was made from an agency designated fund to Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities to create an all-inclusive community park and playground at Sterkel Park in Mansfield. 

The Board of Trustees approved grants from donor-advised funds to meet emerging needs at the following organizations:
Akron Children’s Hospital Mansfield Facility
Crawford County Education and Economic Partnership
Mansfield Area Y
Mansfield Art Center
Mansfield City Schools
Ohio Bird Sanctuary
Plymouth Area Historical Society
Plymouth-Shiloh Local Schools
Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Renaissance Performing Arts
Richland Academy
Richland County Commissioners - Dog Warden
United Way of Richland County
Waleska United Methodist Church 

Special Grants were awarded to:
Blessed to Run
Philanthropy Ohio
Plymouth Local Schools
Richland County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Career Technical Education Scholarship
One career technical education scholarship was 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.

August 11, 2021

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