Community Foundation awards $1.1M in grants

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The Community Foundation of Lorain County has announced $1.1 million in grants will be awarded to 48 organizations following a Dec. 18 vote by its board.

“The Community Foundation always celebrates the holiday season by funding our local organizations,” said board member Karen Wells.

The money was divided among nonprofits that offer services in the fields of arts and culture, education and youth development, health and human services and strengthening Lorain County.

Wells noted that 54 percent of the funds target health and human services, where need is great.

The Foundation set aside $610,425 in that category. Examples of investment include $75,000 for the Blessing House, $65,287 for Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services, $55,000 for El Centro de Servicios Sociales, $29,000 for the Salvation Army and $38,750 for the Coalition for the Uninsured of Lorain County, among many others.

Groups receiving a share of arts and culture funding ranged from the Oberlin Heritage Center ($24,582) to the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts ($22,000).

Education and youth development recipients included Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County ($50,000), the National Inventors Hall of Fame ($49,900) and Save Our Children Inc. ($35,000).

In the strengthening Lorain County category, some of the awardees included the Amherst Fire Department ($5,000), Friendship Animal Protective League ($20,000) and Main Street Oberlin ($7,500).