About the Foundation


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    To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow - Audrey Hepburn

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Local organizations and programs serving Licking County residents have received more than $1.9 million in grants since January from the Licking County Foundation to help meet needs across the community.

The largest portion of grants to date were made through designated agency funds established by donors to support specific causes. Donor advised and community charitable fund grants, agency fund grants, and strategic grants (supported by unrestricted and field of interest funds) account for the remainder.

“The Foundation’s ability to issue these grants affirms not only that we have a strong and resilient nonprofit community, but also that Licking County residents are incredibly kind and generous,” notes Connie Hawk, Director of the Licking County Foundation. “These grants honor the wishes of our donors. The partnership between our donors and our incredible, hard-working nonprofit organizations is what creates positive change in our community.”

Lessons of 2020

Hawk noted that throughout 2020 during the COVID-19 emergency, Licking County Foundation remained close to the nonprofit community to help ensure basic human needs were being met. Regular virtual meetings with nonprofit leaders and a survey conducted in July provided data to understand how Licking County organizations were fairing. In September 2020, Licking County Commissioners asked the Foundation to help distribute Federal CARES Act dollars to nonprofit organizations, requiring substantial due diligence of recipient organizations.

Equipped with recent substantial knowledge of Licking County nonprofit organizations as well as their operations and funding challenges, and the desire to reduce the burden on grantees, Licking County Foundation made the decision in May to disburse strategic grants to 58 nonprofit organizations based on continued need, additional information gathered from the nonprofit community, and previous experience.  

“Licking County Foundation has been learning with our peers in the philanthropic sector how philanthropy can best provide support to the nonprofits that make our community a better place,” says Hawk.  “In order to align our grantmaking with the greatest needs in the community, we are providing one-time, six-month grants to address a wide array of needs at this time. These grants will enable organizations to continue providing vital services while their service and business models recover from the pandemic.”

“The number of grants we have made so far this year is a record for Licking County Foundation,” says Hawk, who joined the Foundation as director in 2007.  “Many of these organizations have been our partners year in and year out for decades – but others were groups we worked with for the first time in the last year.  All are changing lives, and we are proud to celebrate them and support their vital hard work.”

The Licking County Foundation will continue to make strategic and other grants for the remainder of 2021, and plans to issue an announcement on its 2022 grant program later this summer. More information will be available on the Foundation’s website at www.thelcfoundation./grants.

The following local organizations benefitting Licking County residents received grants from the Foundation from January through July 15, 2021:


A Call To College

A Special Wish Foundation - Newark Chapter

American Red Cross

Athletics Baseball Association

Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio,  

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Licking & Perry   

Boys & Girls Club of Central Ohio, Inc.

Boys & Girls Club of Newark

Brandon Baptist Church

Buckeye Valley Family YMCA

Camp O’Bannon of Licking County, Inc.

Canal Market District and Enterprise Hub

CDF Freedom Schools of Licking County

Center for Disability Services

Central Ohio Technical College

City of Newark

City of Newark, Division of Fire / EMS

Columbus Council on World Affairs

Crossroads Crusaders

Croton Church of Christ

Croton United Methodist Church

Denison University

Explore Licking County

First United Methodist Church

Fostering Further

Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio

Friends of the Licking County Library, Inc.

Granville Police Department

Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society

Habitat for Humanity MidOhio

Hartford Library Association

Heartbeats for Life

Hebron New Life United Methodist Church, for
   the New Life Baby Pantry

Hospice of Central Ohio

I Am Boundless, Inc.

Kingdom Pillars

Lakewood Local Schools

Licking County Aging Program

Licking County Alcoholism Prevention Program

Licking County Board of Developmental

Licking County Champions Network

Licking County Coalition for Housing

Licking County Coalition of Care

Licking County Community Center for 60+

Licking County Community Health Care

Licking County Health Department

Licking County Historical Society

Licking County Humane Society

Licking County Jail Ministries, for Vertical 196

Licking County Library

Licking County Players

Licking Memorial Health Foundation

Licking Memorial Hospital

Licking Park District

Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries

Look Up Ministries

Mental Health America of Licking County, Inc.

Mid-Ohio Food Bank

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Foundation

Newark Campus Development Fund

Newark Catholic High School

Newark Central Christian Church

Newark Citizen Police Academy

Newark City Schools

Newark Development Partners

Newark Midland Theatre Association

Newark Organization for the Creative Arts

Newark Police Department

Newark Sport and Event Commission

Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra

Newborns in Need - Greater Newark, Ohio

North Fork Local School District

Ohio State Legal Services Association

The Ohio State University Foundation

OhioCAN (Change Addiction Now) for Newark    
   Homeless Outreach

Pathways of Central Ohio

Par Excellence Academy

Pataskala Community Outreach

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central

Second Presbyterian Church


Serenity Street Foundation

Simon Kenton Council, Boy Scouts of America

  Spring Hills Baptist Church

St. Francis de Sales School

St. Vincent de Paul Housing Facilities, Inc.

Starfish Assignment Licking County

The Dawes Arboretum

The Food Pantry Network of Licking County

The Ohio State University at Newark

The Salvation Army

The Turban Project

The Woodlands Serving Central Ohio, Inc.

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art &

Together We Grow Inc.

Trinity Episcopal Church

United Way of Licking County

Village of Hebron

Walking Wild Rescue, Inc.

Weathervane Playhouse

West Licking Special Olympics

Whole Living Recovery

Wyatt Adkins Heart Organization

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