In 2021, twenty-six organizations serving the Ashland County community received grants totaling $245,221.
Appleseed Community Mental Health Center received a grant for mental health groups, trainings and outreach.
Ashland Christian Health Center received a grant to repair basement window flashing, replace a driveway apron and upgrade lighting.
Ashland City Schools received a grant for seventh graders to create an adventure challenge course at the City of Ashland’s Brookside West Park.
Ashland County Agricultural Society received a grant to purchase and install new seats, hardware, paint and siding at the Ashland County Fairgrounds grandstand.
Ashland County Cancer Association received a grant to purchase greeting cards, stamps and “tuck-in” gifts for the Cards of Hope program.
Ashland County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society received a grant to purchase equipment for virtual programming.
Ashland Family YMCA received a grant to improve the HVAC unit in the banquet room.
Ashland Main Street received a matching grant to help start a fund that will assist downtown businesses.
Ashland Parenting Plus received a grant to develop new branding and marketing materials.
Ashland Schine’s Theatre received a grant to support the renovation of the theatre’s interior.
Ashland Soil and Water Conservation District received a grant to improve local food access for low-income youth in the Loudonville-Perrysville community.
City of Ashland received a grant to purchase an indoor/outdoor projector screen, along with a truss and a laser projector.
Flying Horse Farms received a grant to support the psychosocial program for campers.
Fostering Family Ministries received a grant to upgrade its web platform and online infrastructure.
Fostering Our Graduates received a grant to promote academic success among area youth in foster care.
Hospice of North Central Ohio received a grant to support the creation of an endowment fund for caregiver equipment and supplies.
Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio received a grant to support financial literacy, entrepreneurship and career readiness programs in classrooms across Ashland county.
Loudonville Church Women received a grant to support families in need through their The Store, Day of Sharing and Back to School programs.
Loudonville Theatre & Arts Committee received a grant to replace its old, hand-operated screen with a new, motorized screen.
Loudonville-Perrysville School Foundation received a grant to help establish the L-P School Foundation Grants Fund.
Olive Tree Care received a grant to purchase additional cleaning supplies and to provide emergency tuition assistance for caregivers with extenuating circumstances.
Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven received a grant for outreach and prevention education materials, supplies and software, as well as website upgrades and staff training.
Savanah Lions Club received a grant to support the second phase of the Savannah Town Hall renovation project.
The American Red Cross Chapter of Heartland, Stark, Muskingum Lakes received a grant to support blood drives in Ashland County.
The Salvation Army received a grant to purchase an electric pallet jack for the food pantry.
United Church Residences of Ashland Ohio (Mill Run Place) received a grant to provide cleaning supplies, personal care items and enhanced nutrition for residents.
The following grandfathered organizations also received grant distributions in recognition of Hazel Myers Spreng: Ashland Public Library, Ashland University, First United Methodist Church, UH Samaritan Medical Center, United Way of Ashland County
Women's Fund Grants
In 2021, nine organizations serving Ashland County women were awarded Women’s Fund Grants totaling $18,910.
Appleseed Community Mental Health Center received a grant to help women in the Supported Employment program access free childcare as they work to get back on their feet.
Brethren Care Village received a grant to purchase tables and chairs for preschool age children when its new childcare offerings begin.
Fostering Family Ministries received a grant to recruit additional care teams, increase summer day camp scholarships and provide additional daycare scholarships for caregivers.
Olive Tree Care received a grant to purchase new books, educational DVD’S and cooking classes for the program’s children and families.
Park Street Brethren Preschool received a grant to purchase strollers, toys and other supplies to support the recent addition of infant care to their childcare offerings.
Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven received a grant to cover childcare costs for domestic violence survivors while they attend support groups.
The Salvation Army received a grant to provide before and aftercare scholarships for parents of children in the Summer Day Camp program.
IMPACT Youth Grants
In 2021, fifteen organizations serving Ashland County youth were awarded IMPACT Youth Grants totaling $13,013.
Appleseed Community Mental Health Center received a grant for SPARK program educational materials.
Ashland Bookcase Project received a grant for bookcases and new children’s books.
Ashland City Schools/Ashland Middle School received a grant for supplies for the Atoms and Periodic Table project.
Ashland County Sheriff’s Office received a grant for DARE Program supplies.
Ashland High School Lunch Bunch received a grant for supplies for the Secret Society Supporting Him/Her project.
Ashland Parenting Plus received a grant to support the Summer Life Skills program.
Ashland Soil & Water Conservation District received a grant for outdoor education at the Hazel Willis Woods.
Ashland Special Needs Ministry received a grant to support transportation needs.
Fostering Family Ministries received a grant for event passes and camp/ educational activities for foster and kinship families.
Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio received a grant to support the JA Inspire Virtual Career Exploration event.
Park Street Brethren Pre-school received a grant for startup for infant care.
Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven received a grant for teen dating violence outreach and prevention supplies.
RePlay for Kids received a grant for STEM education for Ashland County public school students through a toy workshop.
The Salvation Army Ashland Kroc Corp Community Center received a grant for the 2021 Summer Food Service program.
Village of Jeromesville received a grant for materials for the Junior Council Training project.
In 2021, Ashland City Schools Foundation and Ashland County Community Foundation awarded fourteen mini-grants totaling $5,141 from ACSF and $8,798 from ACCF.
The following teachers received grants from one or both foundations:
Ashland City Schools Foundation
Jessi Adams, Reagan Elementary School, Osmo for Elementary Computer Labs
Kristy Shearer, Ashland Middle School, Under Your Feet
Jarrod Vance, Ashland Middle School, Ashland County Challenge Course
Ashland City Schools Foundation and Ashland County Community Foundation
Sarah LeVeck, Ashland Middle School, AMS Match Connections
Ashland County Community Foundation
Travis Beck, Taft Intermediate School, Interactive, Consumable, and Kid Friendly Social Studies
Steve Coffey, Mapleton Middle School, This Little Light of Mine (From Sun to the Table)
Bethany Frazer, Ashland Christian School, ACS CodeMonkey Coding Competition
Dorene Johnson, Reagan Elementary School, Keeping Up with the News
Nicole Krieger, Taft Intermediate School, Learning with LEGO®
Andrew Lewellen, Hillsdale Middle School, Old Fashioned Quilting Bee (ARTSDREAM)
Julie McDonnell, Taft Intermediate School, Data Measurement for Science
Linda Michael, Ashland Middle School, Building Science Literacy Through PBIS
Shelby Wynn, Mapleton Elementary School, LEGO® Inspire Engaged, Entertaining, Creative Writing (ARTSDREAM)
Seth Youngen, Loudonville High School, Creating Code with TI-84+ Calculator, Hub and Rover
Ashland City Schools Foundation promotes excellence in academics, the arts and athletics while providing educational opportunities for all students and educators in the Ashland City School District. ACSF has disbursed nearly $1 million to support the students of Ashland City Schools.
Ashland County Community Foundation advances philanthropy and improves the quality of life in Ashland County by connecting people who care with causes that matter. ACCF has awarded over $20 million in scholarships, grants and distributions.
While most of our grants are awarded in response to grant applications or at the direction of donors, we also make grants proactively when possible. We use unrestricted funds to make these strategic grants based on needs and opportunities in our community.
During the 2020-21 fiscal year, 17 Strategic Grants totaling $188,584 were awarded to support opportunities and meet needs that fall outside our annual grant cycles.
As a “thank you” to all our local educators for their dedication and hard work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ashland Christian School, Ashland City Schools, Ashland County Community Academy, Ashland County West-Holmes Career Center, Dale-Roy School, Genesis Christian Academy, Hillsdale Local Schools, Loudonville-Perrysville Exempted Village School District, Mapleton Local School District, and St. Edward School all received grants to bolster their spring 2021 teacher appreciation efforts.
Ashland County Cancer Association received a grant for startup expenses for the new transit van program.
Ashland Pickleball Association received a grant for the Cahn Grove pickleball courts improvement project.
Ashland Regional Ballet received a grant for operational relief due to the effects of COVID-19.
City of Ashland received a grant to create Foundation Plaza as a downtown gathering place.
The Ground Truth Project received a grant to support the Report for America corps member position at Ashland Source.
Park Street Brethren Church received a grant to purchase start-up supplies for the infant room.
Redbird Resilient received a grant to pilot new human trafficking curriculum.
Southview Grace Brethren Church received a grant to purchase technology hardware and software.
Donor-Advised Fund Grants
During the 2020-2021 fiscal year, our donors used distributions from their Donor-Advised Funds to make grants to the following organizations, charitable funds and causes.
- Ashland High School Parents Baseball Boosters
- Ashland Christian Health Center
- Ashland City Schools
- Ashland County Cancer Association
- Ashland County Dog Shelter
- Ashland County Park District
- Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame
- Ashland Family YMCA
- Ashland Main Street
- Ashland Pregnancy Care Center
- Ashland Symphony Orchestra
- Ashland Theological Seminary
- Ashland University
- Ashland University, Office of Christian Ministry
- Associated Charities
- Bible Broadcasting Network
- Camp Bethany
- City of Ashland Police Dept. – Police Donations for Community Outreach
- City of Ashland
- Evans Scholars Foundation
- Firelands Ambulance Service
- First Presbyterian Church
- Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry
- Homeward Bound Dog Shelter of Ashland County
- Hospice of North Central Ohio
- Jackson Township Trustees
- Joy of Living Camp
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Mansfield Area Y
- Mapleton Local School District
- Mapleton Local School District, Baseball Program
- Mapleton Local School District, Boys’ and Girls’ Track Program
- Mapleton Local School District, Football Program
- Mapleton Local School District, Wrestling Program
- Moody Bible Institute
- Ohio University
- Olive Tree Christian Fellowship
- Pacific Garden Mission
- Park Street Brethren Preschool
- Rape Crisis Domestic Violence Safe Haven (Appleseed)
- Redbird Resilient
- Reliant Mission
- Samaritan Hospital Foundation
- Shop with a Cop
- Jude Children’s Research Hospital
- Team Focus
- The Cat House Feline Sanctuary, Inc.
- The Ground Truth Project / Report for America
- The Salvation Army
- Trinity Lutheran Church
- United Way of Ashland County
- Veterans of Foreign Wars of Ohio Charities
- Village of Kelley’s Island
- ACCF Strategic Grantmaking Program
- ACCF Women’s Fund
- Ashland Symphony Orchestra Podium Endowment Agency Fund, in honor of Maestro Arie Lipsky
- Barbara Lamson Miller Teacher Scholarship
- Dan Priest Honorary Endowment Fund, for the benefit of Ashland Brookside Golf Course’s Junior Golf Program
- Ashland Downtown Flowers Endowment Fund
- IMPACT Youth Grants Program
- Larry L. and Vicky L. Lippert Endowment Fund, for the benefit of Homeward Bound Dog Shelter
- Norma Elizabeth McKinley Citizenship Education Endowment Fund
- Operating Fund
- Regg S. Rader Memorial Donor Advised Fund
- Robert Simonson Family Fund, fbo Mapleton Boys’ and Girls’ Track
- Rotary Club of Ashland William Roepke and William Buckingham Agency Fund for the Annual Ashland Community July 4th Fireworks Display
- Simonson Family Scholarship
- Women’s Fund Childcare Initiative