Community Grant Program

Recent Grant Awards

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Awarded through field of interest funds, these grants carry out the wishes of donors and help nonprofits meet the ever-changing needs of our community. All grant recipients are organizations that serve Licking County residents.

In 2018, $510,413 in grants were awarded to 27 local nonprofit organizations.  These grants will support a wide variety of activities benefiting citizens of all ages, with focus given to projects or programs that provide services for underserved youth and families, including preventive and emergency dental and vision care; advocacy for child victims of violence; positive mentorship and development programs for youth; and emergency assistance for basic needs.  The 2018 Community Grant Program will support organizations and programs in the following categories: Supportive & Livable Communities (40%); Education & Youth Activities (23%); Health & Wellness (23%); and Arts & Culture (14%).  Summaries of recipient organization projects grants are as follows:      

Behavioral Healthcare Partners of Central Ohio, Inc.:  $18,000 to support renovations and repairs to Spencer House, Courage House, and Altmaier House which provide residential settings for men and women seeking treatment for substance use disorders and mental health challenges.  Granted from the Unrestricted Fund.

Canal Market District and Enterprise Hub:  $10,000 to support the Enterprise Hub which  helps small area farmers grow and become financially sustainable by providing critical infrastructure that links local producers and wholesale buyers, such as restaurants, schools and universities.  Granted from the Unrestricted Fund.

Catholic Social Services:  $15,000 to support the Supportive Services Program in Licking County for providing intensive case management services to assist older adults to maintain their highest level of functioning while living independently in the community.  Granted from the Unrestricted Fund.

Center for Disability Services:  $15,000 to support the purchase of a non-medical transportation vehicle for conveying individuals with developmental disabilities to and from adult day services and vocational/employment training and support services.  Granted from the Unrestricted Fund.

Center for Visual Impairments:  $30,000 to support the Non-Senior Eye Care Services Program for providing the full spectrum of professional eye care services, including glasses, on an ongoing basis for eligible clients under the age of 60; and the Low Vision Aids Program for help need beyond glasses.  Granted from the Thomas M. Kier Memorial Fund.

Central Ohio Youth Ballet:  $25,000 to support the renovation of a Ballet on Main facility in downtown Newark for the company’s new home and rehearsal/performance space which will afford additional opportunities for community collaboration.  Granted from the Constance C. Baldwin Fund, the Marguerite Halpine Heppenstall Fund, the Daniel and Sharon Stricker Fund, and the Unrestricted Fund.

City of Newark:  $7,000 to support recreational upgrades at Wells Park, such as ADA bathroom enhancements; painting/staining the existing bathroom facility, playground equipment and shelter house; and purchasing grills, trash cans, a new slide, a volleyball net/lines, topsoil, seed and posts for the parking area.  Granted from the Marguerite Halpine Heppenstall Fund. 

The Dawes Arboretum:  $20,000 to support a Visitors Center restroom accessibility upgrade,   including enlarging restroom entrances, restructuring the bathroom footprint for ADA compliance, upgrading plumbing and fixtures to those suitable for a commercial application, as well as installing new flooring and baby changing stations.  Granted from the Unrestricted Fund.

Habitat for Humanity MidOhio:  $10,000 to support the Homeowner Repair Program in Licking County for stabilizing and revitalizing low-income neighborhoods by helping homeowners who are affected by age, disability, or family circumstances and are struggling to maintain the integrity of their homes.  Granted from the Unrestricted Fund.

Hospice of Central Ohio:  $10,000 to support the purchase of laptop computers and network switches for clinical staff for accommodating growth, replacing outdated equipment, continuing superior care, and providing technology needed to operate more efficiently.  Granted from the Unrestricted Fund.

Johnstown United Methodist Church:  $20,000 to support the Rockin' Cool Freedom School, a six-week summer enrichment program (based on the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School model) that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, generates more positive attitudes toward learning, and assists in the leadership development of the young adults who serve as interns.  Granted from the Constance C. Baldwin Fund and the Ernestine and John David Spencer Memorial Fund.

Licking County Community Health Clinic:  $7,500 to support the purchase of necessary clinic medications; staffed by volunteer physicians and nurses, the Clinic cares for the uninsured and the under-insured.  Granted from the Unrestricted Fund.

Licking County Family YMCA:  $25,000 to support All for One Camp, an inclusive summer day camp, which welcomes children (ages 5 to 21) with many types of developmental disabilities to participate in a traditional camp environment. Granted from the Thomas M. Kier Memorial Fund.

Licking County Health Department:  $10,000 to support the Child Passenger Safety program and the First Book program for increasing healthy outcomes for infants and young children by providing an appropriate car seat to families in need to ensure long-lasting safe transportation and by giving children (up to age 5) a book of their own to foster an early interest in reading and promote a positive relationship between caregiver and child.  Granted from the William E. and Annie S. Miller Memorial Fund.

Look Up Center:  $22,050 to support general operating costs (equipment, supplies, utilities, insurance, licensing fees and salaries) for providing free, urgent dental care to uninsured, low-income residents with a professionally-equipped dental office staffed by a volunteer professional team consisting of 18 licensed dentists, over 40 dental assistants, and four office assistants. Granted from the Unrestricted Fund.

Mental Health America of Licking County:  $50,000 to support general operating costs (restricted to programs which serve youth) for delivering—free of charge—essential prevention and early intervention programs and support to address the behavioral health of children, youth and families.  Many of these consumers and participants live at or below the poverty level.  Granted from the William E. and Annie S. Miller Memorial Fund.

Mid-Ohio Foodbank:  $15,000 to support the partnership with the Food Pantry Network of Licking County for distributing roughly 1.3 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 19,000 unduplicated area residents to meet the needs of hungry children, adults and seniors and to increase access to a variety of fresh produce, which plays a critical role in creating healthy and balanced meals.  Granted from the Unrestricted Fund.

Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra:  $10,000 to support educational programs, including Chamber Strings, Youth Symphony and Educational Outreach, for bringing classical music and music education to students, teachers, and community members through collaborations with the Midland Theatre, The Weathervane Playhouse, the  Millennium Music and Dance School, and the Central Ohio Youth Ballet.  Granted from the Constance C. Baldwin Fund.

Newark Midland Theatre Association:  $30,000 to support the Arts for All (Yellow Bus, Human Services, Community Outreach programs), a compilation of arts and cultural events that engage young people and families, including individuals who are striving to improve their life situations.  Artists are engaged for their ability and willingness to present outreach activities for a wide range of community groups.  Granted from the Constance C. Baldwin Fund.

Newborns in Need Greater Newark Chapter:  $3,500 to support the purchase of material, thread, yarn, sewing machines, scissors, cutting boards, irons, batting and other supplies volunteers need to create handmade items for newborns, which are distributed through hospitals and outreach organizations.  Granted from the Unrestricted Fund

Ohio Campus Compact:  $16,000 to support the Pay It Forward program at the COTC/OSU -Newark Campus for developing a new generation of philanthropists through an innovative course-based, service-learning program that engages Ohio college students in hands-on philanthropy, grant-making, and volunteer service while providing community nonprofits with volunteer and financial assistance.  Granted from the Unrestricted Fund. 

Ohio State Legal Services Association (Southeastern Ohio Legal Services / Newark Office):  $25,000 to support the Children's Legal Assistance Project to provide legal help for families of children (ages 3 to 18), including children with learning and other disabilities, disciplinary issues, or hunger and homelessness issues that may have been a barrier to their success in school or may have put them at risk of being placed in the juvenile justice system.  Granted from the William E. and Annie S. Miller Memorial Fund.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio:  $10,000 to support the Helping Hands Program for providing nights of rest for families of seriously-ill children from Licking County staying at the Ronald McDonald House.  Granted from the Alice McFadden and Jack Barnett Fund and the Unrestricted Fund. 

The Salvation Army:  $60,000 to support general operating costs for the only homeless shelter within Licking County that serves families, women, and men by providing shelter on a short-term basis (up to 90 days) and supportive services that meet basic physical needs for food, shelter, clothing, and hygiene items.  Granted from the Unrestricted Fund. 

Together We Grow Inc.:  $8,000 to support all programs, including the Community Gardens and Greenhouse Program at Heritage Middle School, the Victory Garden for Veterans, Here We Grow Gardens, and Power of Plans Educational Program with Newark City Schools, which teach all facets of gardening and greenhouse operations to vulnerable populations such as veterans, adults with developmental disabilities, and students.  Granted from the John Tegtmeyer Memorial Fund and the Unrestricted Fund.

Weathervane Playhouse:  $8,363 to support the purchase and installation of a shock-absorbent Marley dance flooring in the Performance Practice Hall for reducing performer fatigue and impact injuries, providing protection with elasticity and a slip-resistant surface.  Granted from the J. P. Shai II Fund and the Unrestricted Fund.

The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art and Technology:  $30,000 to support the STEM Center, a collaborative space where students, teachers, and industry partners will learn specialized science, technology, engineering, and math skills through community resources and partnerships.  Granted from the Fred B. Wolllins Memorial Fund and the Unrestricted Fund.

Please note:  As referenced above, the Unrestricted Fund is comprised of grants from the following funds which were created by donors to allow the Foundation flexibility in addressing the community’s most urgent needs and emerging opportunities:  H.E. (Roy) Alban and Jane Alban Fund, Thomas L. Brooke Fund, Katherine B. Camlin Memorial Fund, Robert and Nancy Dix Fund, Evans Memorial Fund, Feightner Family Fund, Ralph E. Fitch Memorial Fund, Robert H. Flory and Sylvia Sinsabaugh Fund, Willliam E. and Alma B. Harold Fund, Shirley A. Johnson Fund, Licking County Foundation Unrestricted Fund, Louis A. Mitchell Family Fund, Tittica Roberts Mitchell Fund, Wayne L. Roelof Memorial Fund, Roger Roth Memorial Fund, William Doubet Schaffner Fund, Cecil Sebold Memorial Fund, Howard H. Thompson, Jr. Fund,  Lula Vaia Memorial Fund, and WCLT Community Fund. 

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